The vinyl album of It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You was released in 1982 in the UK . It featured some great gems, that are very hard to find these days.
One big highlight is take 2 of O Come, All Ye Faithful. Running more than a minute longer than the original version, it has Elvis singing the first verse one more time, to the accompaniment of an organ, lending the song an almost sacred character. And the ending is dynamic, with Elvis raising his voice one octave higher than on the original.
Another highlight is the (then) unreleased master of the remake of I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day. Also, there’s the alternate version of If Every Day Was Like Christmas, the very hard to find duet versions of Winter Wonderland with Hanna Pakarinen and Blue Christmas with Martina McBride (this is the famous ‘68 comeback show version, never released on CD before and now available in stunning sound quality).
And, of course, there’s so much more… For the first time you have a single disc with all Elvis’ christmas / gospel highlights. No endless takes, no endless chatter. Put the disc in your CD player and you will have a marvelous christmas!
This release comes in a superb LONGBOX digipack sleeve, this is the ultimate 2011 Elvis christmas gift.
It Wont Seem Like Christmas Without You / On A Snowy Christmas Night / If Everyday Was Like Christmas – alternate version / Where No One Stands Alone / Ill Be Home On Christmas Day – alternate master / If We Never Meet Again / The Wonderful World Of Christmas / He Touched Me / Merry Christmas Baby – complete studio performance / Reach Out To Jesus / If I Get Home On Christmas Day / His Hand In Mine / O Come All Ye Faithfull (take 2) / Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees / Silent Night / We Call On Him (take 3) / White Christmas (with count in) / Somebody Bigger Then You and I (take 12) / Here Comes Santa Claus / Silver Bells (take 1) / Santa Bring My Baby Back (Remix version) / O Little Town of Bethlehem (Duet with Karen Fairchild/Kimberly Schlapman) / Winter Wonderland (Duet with Hanna Pakarinen) / The Christmas Song/Oh Holy Night (one liners) / The First Noel (2008 Remix) / Santa Claus is Back in Town (June 27th 1968 – 8pm) / Blue Christmas – Unreleased -comeback version (Duet with Martina McBride) / Christmas Message From Elvis/Ill Be Home for Christmas (Duet with Carrie Underwood) / Jingle Bells (instrumental – informal recording, December 4th 1956).