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America The Beautiful


America The Beautiful
4.2 / 5
Released: 2001/10/16 by BMG
Charity CD for the Red Cross to support the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington. Special feature: clip of If I Can Dream to play on a computer.

ElvisNews review

How can you review this CD properly. Usually we take a look at the design and the content of the release and try to figure out of the release adds something to the releases already available. With this release it's different. It was not released as an Elvis release but as a response to the tragic events of September 11 in the U.S to benefit the September 11 victims. It were the fans who encouraged BMG / EPE to release this single.


The design of the CD has been done with care and with the purpose of the release in mind. The U.S. version has Elvis on the cover in a military outfit and of course the American flag on the background. The European cover has a very stylish image of Elvis hands and the American Eagle from the 1973 Aloha From Hawaii concert. In which Elvis wore his famous "Eagle-suit" to show his patriotism to the world. 

The CD is "enhanced" which means it contains multi-media components. The menu for the video of "If I Can Dream" is done in the style of the U.S. cover.


Among fans there were quite e few discussions on the release itself and the tracks to use. On the poll we did on ElvisNews 97% of the people was in favour of releasing this single. There were people who wanted songs with a message like "If I Can Dream" and people who wanted another message like "Trouble". The tracks chosen for this special release Are "If I Can Dream", "America The Beautiful" and "Amazing Grace". A fitting selection for this goal of this release. It's strange that a single titled "America The beautiful" has the title track not as the first track.

Besides the three audio tracks also the video of "If I Can Dream". The quality is O.K. and we all know the way Elvis brings that song with so much passion it must offer comfort through the message of hope. You'll also find a link to the Red Cross for more information about how you can help and to the EPE Elvis site.


The reason to add this release to your collection could be to add a special release to your collection, but should be to support the victims of the September 11 tragedy. All proceeds from the sale of this CD will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.


Mystery Rider wrote on August 11, 2007
Elvis..mickey mouse...Apple Pie, America has it all
Rating: 5 / 5
pasa-ryu wrote on September 19, 2007
i was lucky anough to be able to get this cd when i went to gracland for the first-time in january 2007 and saw this cd foe sale in the "Heartbreak Hotel" shop-it only cost me 5.99 and i was really happy to get it so cheaply(as it was for sale in certain uk fan clubs for the extorttionant price of £15.99 or higher!!..i keep it my elvis cd collection and have NOT broken the seal it was wrapped up in!(i want to keep it new for ever)..i think it was a very good release and it should have reached alot higher in the usa when it was released than it was in the us billboards.
Rating: 5 / 5
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on November 17, 2007
This CD is as American as Apple Pie its a must have, if you dont have it, get it if you cant afford it take a loan.
Rating: 5 / 5
MEMPHISMUSIC wrote on October 07, 2010
Great single, but can't score above the great albums
Rating: 2 / 5