In advance of this Friday's Legacy Edition reissue of Elvis Presley's 1975 studio album Today, RCA and Legacy have announced another project to celebrate The King's 80th birthday. If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new, 14-song collection due on October 30 featuring the artist's iconic vocal performances accompanied by newly-created orchestral backings.
Presley performances between 1956 and 1973 have been melded with new orchestral tracks recorded at Abbey Road in London for ballads ("Bridge Over Troubled Water," "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "If I Can Dream"), gospel ("How Great Thou Art"), and rock and roll ("Burning Love," James Taylor's satirical "Steamroller Blues"). Favorites from songwriters Mac Davis (the hit "In the Ghetto") and Neil Diamond ("And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind") also appear in these new orchestral renditions. Michael Bublé joins Presley, and Italian crossover opera/pop group Il Volo adds vocals to "It's Now or Never," reflecting the song's origins. Duane Eddy adds his trademark guitar licks to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Mickey Newbury's epic "An American Trilogy."
"This would be a dream come true for Elvis," Priscilla Presley asserts of this release. "He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music...the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done."
If I Can Dream will be available on October 30 in single CD or double-LP configurations with the track listing below!
- Burning Love
- It's Now Or Never
- Love Me Tender
- Fever (feat. Michael Bublé)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water
- And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
- You've Lost That Loving Feeling
- There's Always Me
- Can't Help Falling In Love
- In The Ghetto
- How Great Thou Art
- Steamroller Blues
- An American Trilogy
- If I Can Dream