THE KING IS BACK

ALBUM TITLE                        :        IF I CAN DREAM

ARTIST                                   :        ELVIS PRESLEY WITH THE ROYAL

                                                         PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

GENRE                                    :        POP / TRADITIONAL POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

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If you want to be introduced with Elvis Presley, this record is probably one of the best ways to do it (other than watching his movies or videos.)  This recording from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will surprise listeners that they were able to give life to the King of Rock by providing a very energetic orchestral background to his most popular songs.  You will be hook up with this album from start to finish.

The album has very polished production that the producers and engineers were able to balance the Elvis’ vocals and the orchestral music. It is a good thing that his voice is clearly heard instead of being drowned with the instruments.  It is also wise that the album begins with “Burning Love” which is an uptempo beat and will condition listeners that orchestral music should not be boring to listen to.  It is a master stroke that the song arrangement was not divided into sections where one section is for songs with fast beat and the next sequence is for slow or ballad songs.

One of the most interesting song in here is “Fever” as this song is known to be performed by women artist. Thus, it was indeed genius for the orchestra to fashion out this song ala “Pink Panther” soundtrack to make it more male and more compatible with Elvis’ voice and persona.  For sure, Simon and Garfunkel fans will be curious as how “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” will be treated in here.  The musical arrangement did not depart from the original musical structure instead rely more on the voice of The King to make it totally different from the duo’s version.  In this song, Elvis proved that passion instead of belting can make the difference if you want to own this song or any other song for that matter.

In “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, the gospel ambience made the song more endearing and again the orchestra was in full control as it resisted to overshadow Elvis vocal performance.  Perhaps, Elvis loyal fans would surely play “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and see if there will be huge difference.  Fortunately, the original vocal was preserve and somehow the music too.  It sounds like Elvis early recording of this song.  The airy and breezy atmosphere provided by the orchestra also gives more punch to this song and it transform this oldie into a song that you can listen while on a tropical island.

You will be hooked in this album even if you are not an avid fan of Elvis Presley. You will marvel how great his voice was and how the orchestra provide excellent musical background to his old hits.  I say this is a must for everyone and I rate this record perfect five stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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