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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1957 Elvis Christmas album still holds up great today
"Elvis' Christmas Album" was originally released in 1957 as his fourth album and the first one that followed an obvious thematic concept. You need to keep in mind that this was originally a record album, because there were clearly two sides to Elvis this time around. On the "A" side of the album you Elvis doing rockers and blues numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back in...
Published on 11 Dec 2003

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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This was by far the worst Elvis album. Just buy the early Sun stuff and don't waste your time on the drivel he put out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1957 Elvis Christmas album still holds up great today, 11 Dec 2003
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This review is from: Elvis Christmas Album (Audio CD)
"Elvis' Christmas Album" was originally released in 1957 as his fourth album and the first one that followed an obvious thematic concept. You need to keep in mind that this was originally a record album, because there were clearly two sides to Elvis this time around. On the "A" side of the album you Elvis doing rockers and blues numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," "Here Comes Santa Claus," and the most famous Elvis Christmas track, "Blue Christmas" for the first-half dozen songs. On the "B" side Elvis does gospel songs including "Silent Night," "I Believe," "Peace in the Valley" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Keep in mind that Elvis had only exploded on the music scene the year before and listening to him sing "church" music suddenly made it really difficult to dismiss all the hip shaking. Yes, it is strange that the original Elvis backup group, the Jordanaires, pops up on track only on the "second" side of the album, but there is no doubting Elvis' sincerity in singing these songs. This first Elvis Christmas album is still the best and even those fans who voted for the Vegas Elvis stamp instead of the Young Elvis stamp would have to agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1957 Elvis Christmas album still holds up great today, 11 Dec 2003
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Christmas Album (Audio CD)
"Elvis' Christmas Album" was originally released in 1957 as his fourth album and the first one that followed an obvious thematic concept. You need to keep in mind that this was originally a record album, because there were clearly two sides to Elvis this time around. On the "A" side of the album you Elvis doing rockers and blues numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," "Here Comes Santa Claus," and the most famous Elvis Christmas track, "Blue Christmas" for the first-half dozen songs. On the "B" side Elvis does gospel songs including "Silent Night," "I Believe," "Peace in the Valley" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Keep in mind that Elvis had only exploded on the music scene the year before and listening to him sing "church" music suddenly made it really difficult to dismiss all the hip shaking. Yes, it is strange that the original Elvis backup group, the Jordanaires, pops up on track only on the "second" side of the album, but there is no doubting Elvis' sincerity in singing these songs. This first Elvis Christmas album is still the best and even those fans who voted for the Vegas Elvis stamp instead of the Young Elvis stamp would have to agree.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic (with reservations), 23 Feb 2004
This review is from: Elvis Christmas Album (Audio CD)
Elvis' only album of the '50s with no fast tempo rock and roll, and for good reason: it was his first Christmas, so the decibel level had to be lower. He does wail on the incredible blues-rock opener, "Santa Claus Is Back In Town". It's Elvis doin' his thing, driving home the double-entendres. It's been written that this album was banned, and the banners didn't have to go too far into the album to find something...too strong.
"Blue Christmas" is medium-tempo blues-rock, a gem of a tune, featuring a typically great vocal and some genuine Presley low-down blues licks. If there was room back in the day, this could gone into the Top 20.
"Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" is a nicely syncopated rocker, a soft vocal over a hard beat. It works. The vocal approach is reminiscent of Conway Twitty's later work on "It's Only Make Believe".
And for the remainder - the reason I decline from giving the album/CD *five* stars. Although the material is excellent and well-arranged, we have a near-copy of the Drifters' "White Christmas" and Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus". They're fun to hear, but you wonder if Elvis and the boys could have come up with a more *original* sound. "I Believe" finds Elvis givin' it his all, but strangely, he seems to be struggling to stay on top of this inspirational power ballad.
The gospel sides are done with conviction, beautifully phrased by Presley, but the listener is a bit uncomfortable with the "oil and water" mix: his vocal mannerisms are "pop" and the lyrics are pure gospel.
On later gospel releases, Elvis seems to take a step back stylistically and showcase the quartets and instrumental back-up; the song itself. On several tracks from "His Hand In Mine" (1960) and "How Great Thou Art" (1967) maybe he should used more *voice*; on "He Touched Me" (1972) he found the balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 24 April 2014
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It came quickly, in good condition. No troubles at all. it will be a good present for my Nan (who is the biggest Elvis fan). Thanks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 7 Feb 2014
This review is from: Elvis Christmas Album (Audio CD)
This was by far the worst Elvis album. Just buy the early Sun stuff and don't waste your time on the drivel he put out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 16 Jan 2014
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There is only one Christmas Album. This is it. By Elvis who else. i wish now that I kept the original Album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 19 Dec 2013
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Lovely festive selection and timeless music. I love it. Any Elvis fan will be thrilled with this selection of Christmas tunes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the king, 14 Jan 2013
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Just Elvis - not his most familiar works, but Elvis nonetheless - one for fans of the king - you get what you expect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis at his very best, 2 Jan 2010
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Johan Fr Knudsen "JFBK" (France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elvis' Christmas Album (Audio CD)
There are three Christmas albums:
Elvis ' Christmas album
Mahalia Jackson's Christmas album
and
Bing Crosby

With those three in hand , your Xmas will be fine
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great I'm really enjoying listening to it., 23 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Elvis Christmas Album (Audio CD)
I had this album on LP many years ago. I remember all of the tracks and they are exactly the same on CD. Just right for Christmas.
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