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Elvis as good as ever
4 January 2018
It would seem as if the age of combining well-known songs by popular singers with lush orchestral backing has well and truly arrived. Purely orchestral arrangements of music by Genesis and Queen, by conductors such as Tolga Kashif with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, are now being accompanied by arrangements of songs by singer/composers like Roy Orbison and the album under review, Elvis Presley.
In the process, the new recordings provide greater clarity, in both the words of the songs and the accompanying music, as well as detectable differences in the whole to make listening to the songs over again a pleasant experience.
This present collection, If I Can Dream, by Elvis Presley, is one of several that have been produced in recent months. The songs are generally very well known and appreciated, especially as they represent the romantic and ballad style of Elvis, rather than his more audacious (but still enjoyable) rock and roll offerings. Of particular attraction are the new arrangements of Love Me Tender, Bridge Over Troubled Water, the ever-present gospel number - in this case How Great Though Art, the sensational An American Trilogy, and, of course, the tile song "If I Can Dream, all of which lend themselves to bigger orchestral sound.
It also needs to be said that arrangements such as these enables one to more thoroughly understand and appreciate the exceedingly fine voice that Elvis Presley possessed, across a wide range of songs and in various genres of music. This CD is a most welcome addition to the vast of Elvis discography.