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Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

October 14, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 10, 2008
  • Release Date: October 10, 2008
  • Label: RLG/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 38:40
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  • ASIN: B001HDWKHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,074 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The music is all new and it blends very well with Elvis' vocal performances.
A Fan
Yes folks, we get to have Elvis right here with us for one more Christmas - and thankfully we'll have this cd to listen to for lasting memories.
D. P. McClure
It's great to hear Elvis singing with Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John and Carrie Underwood among others.
PT Cruiser

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By D. P. McClure on October 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love this. The first track I listened to was "If I Get Home on Christmas Day" because that is my favorite Elvis Christmas song. I love the way they updated the music without trying to make it sound trendy or phony. Next I listened to Winter Wonderland - they really made the rhythmic elements of this song shine while still allowing James Burton's guitar solos to stand out deservedly. After that, I listened to "The First Noel": This just flat-out brought tears to my eyes, that's how beautiful it is. I don't want to spoil it for you, but, on "The First Noel", they added a beautiful almost baroque-esque string arrangement that really tugs at the heart strings. Ahhh, right now I'm listening to "I'll Be Home for Christmas"...it's so amazingly and divinely beautiful. The illusion of "duets" created by adding these talented female singers to Elvis' already existing tracks is very effective. Yes folks, we get to have Elvis right here with us for one more Christmas - and thankfully we'll have this cd to listen to for lasting memories. 5 holly-jolly stars.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By PressFocus on December 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After reading all of the reviews for this album, I felt I had to add my opinion.

The reviews here seem to be divided into two camps. The positive reviews seem to come from those who enjoy hearing "new" versions of the King's classic recordings. The negative reviews seem to come from fans who feel that albums like this are somehow disrespectful to Elvis' legacy.

I have to put myself in the first group. I am also a big fan of Elvis. I wish he were alive today and still recording great new music. Unfortunately that's not the case. There won't be any new "hidden" recordings brought to light in the future. Even most of the "alternate" studio takes have also already been released.

So, if we want to hear "new" Elvis music, we can wait for new remixes, or when technology progresses further, even cleaner digital remasters.

Or we can enjoy albums like this.

No, it's not likely to replace the original versions in most fans' collections, but many will consider it a nice addition. In fact, if you could find someone who had never heard the originals and played them back to back with these duet versions, they might like some of the duet version even more than the originals (the duet with Amy Grant on "White Christmas" is a strong candidate, as is the saucy versions of "Merry Christmas Baby" with Gretchen Wilson and "Santa Claus is Back in Town" with Wynonna Judd).

I think this album was done as well as it could have been done. The female artists recorded in the same studio in which Elvis recorded the original versions. The instrumentation sounds as clean as I've ever heard it. Those reviewers who suggest that the females simply recorded "over" Elvis's vocals must not be listening very well.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirk on November 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Christmas Duets" is not a waste of money, but it could be better.

Ever since the day that Celine Dion did a duet with Elvis on American Idol, there has been a new standard for such performances. I am not a huge Celine fan, but I will concede that her vocals managed to bring back some of the charming presence of Elvis.

Elvis Presley's "Christmas Duets" is another story. I believe all the stars on this album intended to do a wonderful job, and all things considered, they sang quite well. However, it is difficult to provide the sense of Elvis' presence when singing with old recordings. These Elvis recordings were originally solo works, which is one possible reason for the lack of chemistry. Another reason is that Elvis was unfortunately not here to reciprocate glances and to share the performance. Elvis would likely have presented these songs slightly different if he had originally sung them in a duet.

Overall, the chemistry on this CD is on or below par with Elvis. However, I did find some entertaining highlights within this CD. My favorite track is Olivia Newton-John's "O Come, All Ye Faithful". Olivia's musical experience brings her nearest to the lush sounds we would hear in a real duet with Elvis. Here are some interesting facts: I know that Elvis covered two of Olivia Newton-John's early songs ("Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me Let Me Know") on "Moody Blue", his last album to be released in his lifetime. I also know that Olivia Newton-John has previous experience singing duets with posthumous musicians. Newton-John released a duets CD titled "2" that includes a very touching recording titled, "Tender-field Saddler". "Tender-field Saddler" was originally sung by the now deceased Australian songwriter and entertainer Peter Allen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having the majority of Elvis Presley's officially released tracks including all of his famous music, I was intrigued by this album. Inevitably, it arouses mixed feelings and I am left, after hearing it, to ponder what might have been if Elvis had recorded duets during his lifetime. There is no way that duets created by overdubs can ever be as brilliant as those created by two people singing together in the studio. Of course, I knew that before I bought this album but I still wanted it. And to be fair, the engineers, the musicians and the women who sang the duet parts all did as well as could be expected on such a project.

Of the participating women, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John established their careers while Elvis was alive, while Amy Grant and Wynonna Judd came to prominence in the eighties, so all four of them would be likely to have heard plenty of Elvis' music on the radio, as it was newly released, during their childhood. But the influence and appeal of Elvis goes way beyond those who were around during his lifetime. Some of the women featured on this album weren`t even born by the time of his death and they also turn in great performances.

The album gets off to a great start with Blue Christmas (featuring Martina McBride), which I would have liked even more than I already do without the woo-woo backing sounds (they are better suited to his original recording than this version). Carrie Underwood has plenty of fans who love her music, but also plenty of detractors who say that she sometimes shouts rather than sings. There was no danger of her shouting on the classic ballad, I'll be home for Christmas, in which she performs her part brilliantly. If you're one of Carrie's detractors and you are alarmed by her presence here, fear not.
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