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Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas


Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas
4.0 / 5
Released: 1971/10 by BMG
Elvis' very successful second Christmas album.

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Elvis Presley released his second Christmas album on October 20, 1971. Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas was an album that sold well over a long period of time and would eventually pass 3 million copies sold. While it topped the Billboard holiday charts; from 1963-1973 Christmas albums were not allowed on the pop charts. It is safe to say that this release by Elvis would easily have reached the Top Five.

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas may not have been as consistently strong as his classic 1957 Christmas release; nevertheless it still stands on its own as an excellent album. It also continued the high quality of Elvis’ gospel and holiday album releases.

Four songs form the album form the heart of the listening experience. The wonderful ballad, “Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees,” features Elvis’ rich voice on a song that evokes holiday memories. “Merry Christmas Baby” is given a unique treatment as Elvis takes this secular classic in a blues direction. Elvis puts his soul into the performance and strains, in a good way, to express his passion through the song’s lyrics. “If I Get Home On Christmas Day” is another fine rendition by Elvis. His tone and deep baritone are just right for one of his better 1970’s performances. “On A Snowy Christmas Night” can be considered a romantic Christmas song. Elvis sings two traditional Christmas carols on the album. “The First Noel” is the more successful of the two as Elvis slows the song down a bit to allow the cadence to fit his voice at its best. “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is an inspirational song better suited to multiple voices and while Elvis acquits himself well; his voice seems lost at times. I would have loved to have heard Elvis’ voice overdubbed several dozen times to create a choir sound.

Some other representative performances include Elvis’ perky renditions of “Winter Wonderland” and “Silver Bells” plus a nice sincere vocal on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas finds Elvis in fine form and the songs from the album were a fine addition to the Elvis legacy. Today all his holiday songs have been combined onto one CD release and are well worth seeking out.


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ger wrote on November 20, 2005
The only good track is Merry Christmas Baby the rest is Elvis having a bad voice day
ger wrote on November 20, 2005
thats 1 star not 5
JerryNodak wrote on December 26, 2005
I prefer this album over Elvis' CHristmas Album('57). Bad voice day? We should all sing so "badly". Clean out your ears and listen again, ger.
Rating: 5 / 5
Mystery Rider wrote on July 15, 2007
Super album at the time of release in 1971. Elvis and Christmas are a perfect match.
Mystery Rider wrote on August 07, 2007
to Ger whats Ger short for Gorilla, maybe Elvis voice didnt sound like it came out of a tree. Elvis and christmas are a perfect match, and his voice never sounded better.
Sandman wrote on February 01, 2010
Not as exciting as his first christmas album.
Rating: 2 / 5
alanfalk wrote on July 26, 2013
This one actually puts me in a more christmas kind of mood than the 57 album, I love both though. Elvis' voice sounds really great, but I know that some people see themself like rebels a'la the '50 Elvis, and therefor feel that they need to distant themself from the later Elvis. I always found it silly when someone ask, who do you like best, the young/rebel Elvis or the older Vegas Elvis? , my answer would be, "I like Elvis, period !" But the people who ask, actually means, how do you see yourself, and that has nothing to do with Elvis' singing.
Rating: 5 / 5