It’s been almost 40 years since Elvis Presely passed away … yet thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we’re still getting new music from the King of Rock & Roll. “If I Can Dream” features classic Elvis vocal performances enhanced with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, as well as a duet with Michael Buble and appearances by Il Volo and Duane Eddy.
“This would be a dream come true for Elvis,” ex-wife Priscilla Presley says of the project. “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: is part of the year-long Elvis 80th Birthday celebration (www.ElvisTheMusic.com) that has included multiple album releases and the launch of “Direct From Graceland: Elvis at the O2,” the largest Elvis retrospective ever mounted in Europe.
Highlights abound on the 14-track, 50-minute platter — including a duet with Buble on “Fever,” Hall of Fame guitarist Eddy’s contributions on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “An American Trilogy.” Additional standouts include “Burning Love,” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “In the Ghetto” and “How Great Thou Art.” Long live the King! (Jeffrey Sisk)