BACKGROUND: Elvis Presley croons his way through a collection of festive favourites, as only ‘The King [of Rock n Roll]’ can. This superb compilation is made up of material cherry picked from Elvis’ two Christmas albums: ‘Elvis’s Christmas Album’; and ‘Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas’. The Christmas Peace promo has a wonderful selection including the singles 'O Come All Ye Faithful', 'I’ll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Blue Christmas'; not to mention the classics ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’, ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’!
This is the Mail on Sunday promo version which is far rarer and more sought after than the official release. It was produced in the run up to Christmas specifically to promote ‘Viva ELVIS’ – the cover of which is shown on the rear of the sleeve, together with the following text:
“Viva ELVIS, the album taken from the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name, is out not! It features the voice of Elvis Presley singing on 12 classic tracks, re-interpreted for the 21st Century – this is Elvis as you’ve never heard him before! Tracks include brand new versions of Suspicious Minds, Love Me Tender, Can’t Help Falling In Love and Burning Love among others.”
For more info on this CD, please see the original description which is attached at the end of this listing.
STYLE OF MUSIC / GENRE: Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, R&B, Honky tonk
TRACKLIST (followed by approximate running time of each song):
1. Blue Christmas 2:07
2. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 1:54
3. White Christmas 2:23
4. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 1:52
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas 1:52
6. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 2:24
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 2:36
8. Silent Night 2:13
9. If Every Day Was Like Christmas 2:53
10. O Come, All Ye Faithful 2:48
11. The First Noel 2:10
12. On A Snowy Christmas Night 2:50
13. Winter Wonderland 2:19
14. The Wonderful World Of Christmas 1:59
15. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) 2:42
NB. All tracks performed by Elvis.
FORMAT: CD promo album in illustrated card case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd. / The Mail on Sunday (2003)
CATALOGUE NUMBER: UPTHKNG001
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
DESCRIPTION (which originally accompanied this release): The tracks on Christmas Peace, including White Christmas and Silent Night, are taken from the two albums of festive music recorded by the King – and there’s also a holiday single he released in 1966.
The first of those two albums, Elvis’s Christmas Album, topped the US charts on its release in 1957 – and made No 2 in the UK – rounding off an incredible two years since he exploded on to the scene internationally with Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes.
It was made up of eight festive numbers – all featuring on Christmas Peace – and a handful of gospel tunes.
Elvis, then 22, was just emerging from the hip-swivelling notoriety that had characterised his early years. And hard as it might now be to believe, his first Christmas record only added to
Earlier in 1957, Frank Sinatra had attacked the new breed of rock ’n’ rollers as ‘cretinous goons’ and ‘sideburned delinquents’.
And confronted with The King’s version of White Christmas, the song’s horrified author Irving Berlin launched a largely unsuccessful campaign to stop radio stations from playing it.
Listening now to Elvis’s gentle account of the song, delicately played by his regular band with the accompaniment of backing singers The Jordanaires, it is difficult to comprehend the great songwriter’s fury.
At the time, Elvis had just moved into his Graceland home in Memphis, and he loved the festive period. One photo that year captured the smiling star surrounded by piles of presents, under the watchful gaze of a large stuffed panda.
Out on his enormous front lawn, he had erected a giant Santa, with sleigh and reindeer and a huge neon sign conveying Elvis’s Christmas wishes to the world.
By the time he recorded his next Christmas album in 1971, entitled Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas – the best of which is also included on Christmas Peace – his days of outraging public morals were far behind him, though his love of the festive season was ¬undiminished.
Santa and his reindeers were once again on the front lawn of Grace¬land, along with a life-size nativity scene acquired in the Sixties. They are all still erected every Christmas – enduring like the music Elvis recorded to celebrate his favourite time of year.
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