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A slice of tradition for Christmas, but Elvis fans don't like the balance
on 10 December 2013
This traditional classic could have provided a little Christmas tradition to the charts this year. There is a usual set of Christmas songs in that make the charts these days thanks to digital downloads and non of these are actual interpretations of carols. So this would have made a change. But alas, the balance is all wrong and it has all but flopped.
The arrangement is pretty close to the Elvis original for probably obvious reasons, but there is more prominence given to Susan Boyle's voice in the duet. As an Elvis fan, this is not something I'm happy about and is the reason why I have knocked this release down and probably the reason why Elvis fans have not rushed to buy this. Having listened to this a few more times, it hasn't grown on me. What was once billed as a potential No.1, limped into the charts at 48 and fell away to 87 after that.
Had Elvis been with us would he have performed a duet with Susan Boyle, rather than someone like Celine Dion, Shania Twain or a Mariah Carey, any of whom may have been a more fitting match? Given his support of the underdog and for charity then it might just have been possible.
However, this appears to have been a rare mistake by the Elvis estate in allowing this to have been mixed with Susan Boyle taking the lead. If it had been done with the balance the other way round then being a piece of tradition and being for charity it could have done better as at certain points the voices do blend well together.
However Elvis fans will stick with Christmas Peace and donate to charity.