SONY has officially announced the new Elvis album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - will be released October 6 via RCA Records and Legacy Recordings.
The album brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A deluxe edition of the album, containing four bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) will follow shortly after November 24. The deluxe version features this cool red cover.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream, the latter of which has sold over 1.1 million copies. Both reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
If 'Christmas with Elvis' follows suit, his UK chart record of holding the most chart-toppers for a solo male artist will be further extended to 14.
Priscilla Presley, executive producer, said, "I hope you’ll enjoy this new Christmas album. The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making.”
Songs from Christmas with Elvis will feature in his upcoming UK tour this November, which runs between November 23 - 30.
This holiday season also marks the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" the perennial classic that's become the top-selling holiday album of all-time.
Material from "Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" will be featured in this November’s Elvis In Concert U.K. tour, a six-date engagement occurring November 23-30 in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town, 2. White Christmas, 3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
4. Merry Christmas Baby, 5. Blue Christmas, 6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas, 7. Winter Wonderland, 8. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me), 9. Silver Bells, 10. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, 11. O Come, All Ye Faithful, 12. The First Noel, 13. Silent Night
Deluxe edition tracks: 14. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 15. I Believe, 16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 17. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)