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December 23, 2022

Christmas with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (CD/LP - Sony Legacy, 2017)

Title:
Christmas with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label:
Sony Legacy [88985 44435 2]
Format:
CD
Number of tracks:
13
Running time:
36:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
2017
Recorded:
January 12-19 & September 5-7, 1957 / 2017
Released:
October 6, 2017
Singles:
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Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a compilation of re-recordings of Christmas songs present on the LPs "Elvis' Christmas Album" from 1957 and "Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas" from 1971.


2017 marked the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" and since then, Elvis' interpretations of time-honored secular themes have become an integral musical component around the world at Christmas.

The album topped the Billboard 200 for four weeks in 1957 and remained a constant figure on the charts for years and years to come, selling over three million copies. The 1970 reissue on RCA's Camden label was certified Diamond by the RIAA, becoming Elvis' best-selling work and the best-selling seasonal record of all time.

Seeing the success of the 1970 reissue, RCA practically forced Elvis to record a new Christmas album for the following year. "Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas" featured great interpretations of secular Christmas classics and from pop culture and, even without the same impact as its predecessor, the LP even topped the Billboard Christmas Albums Chart that year; had it been included on the Billboard 200 (which from 1963 to 1973 did not admit festive records), the work would have easily reached the Gold certificate at the time, but the long-awaited status would only be achieved in 1977. The record gained prestige over the years, becoming 3x Platinum in 1999.

With the arrival of the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" and after the success of the CDs "If I Can Dream - Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" and "The Wonder of You - Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra", from 2015 and 2016, respectively, that featured re-recordings of classics from the King of Rock, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, would not pass up the chance to renew the material - and Elvis' audience too - at Christmas parties.

Again with support from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the record companies began new recordings in January 2017. Classics from the aforementioned records have been reimagined with sublime new arrangements at Abbey Road Studio 2 in London, where The Beatles recorded some of their greatest hits.

"Christmas with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" was released on CD, LP and digital formats on October 6, 2017. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Classics Chart and had a total of 6,000 sales on its first weekend.

A deluxe CD version was released on 24 November of the same year containing 4 bonus tracks, making the work reach number 6 in the UK charts. On December 8, 2017, the record was certified Gold.

The work includes the following tracks:

SIMPLE CD
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
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OTHER VERSIONS

Title:
Christmas with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label:
Sony Legacy [88985 46305 1]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
13
Running time:
36:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
2017
Recorded:
January 12-19 & September 5-7, 1957 / 2017
Released:
October 6, 2017
Singles:
---

Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was also released on vinyl, containing the same tracks as the CD.

The work contains the tracks:

SIMPLE LP
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
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Title:
Christmas with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label:
Sony Legacy [88985 47237 2]
Format:
CD
Number of tracks:
17
Running time:
51:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
2017
Recorded:
January 12-19 & September 5-7, 1957 / 2017
Released:
November 24, 2017
Singles:
---

Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra received a deluxe version as soon as it reached the sales target of the simple version. The difference here is the presence of the EP "Peace in the Valley" from 1957 as a bonus.

The work contains the following tracks:

DELUXE CD
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
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)
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RECORDING SESSIONS

Dates:
January 12-19 & September 5-7, 1957; May 15-17, 1971; January 2017

Studio:
Radio Recorders Studio 1
RCA Studio B
 Abbey Road Studio 2

Location:
Hollywood, California
Nashville, Tennessee
Londres, England

Musicians:
January 1957
Voice: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore
Bass: Bill Black
Drums: DJ Fontana
Piano: Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, Elvis Presley, Dudley Brooks
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires
Producer: Steve Sholes
Sound engineer: 
Thorne Nogar

September 1957
Voice: Elvis Presley
Vocais (track): Red West
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore, Chip Young, Harold Bradley, Peter Drake
Bass: Bob Moore
Drums: DJ Fontana, Murray 'Buddy' Harman
Piano: David Briggs
Organ: Henry Slaughter
Timpany: Murray 'Buddy' Harman
Bongos: Murray 'Buddy' Harman
Saxophone: Rufus Long
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham
Producer: Steve Sholes
Sound engineer: Thorne Nogar

May 1971
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito
Electric guitar: James Burton, Chip Young
Bass: Norbert Putnam
Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey
Piano: David Briggs
Organ: Charlie McCoy, Glen Spreen
Harmonica: Charlie McCoy
Marimba: Charlie McCoy
Percussion: Charlie McCoy
Backing Vocals: Charlie Hodge, The Imperials
Sound engineer / Recording engineer: Al Pachucki / Felton Jarvis


JANUARY 12, 1957
                             I Believe H2WB 0253-09
                             Tell Me Why H2WB 0254-05
                             Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Record Version) H2WB 0255-09
                             All Shook Up H2WB 0256-10

JANUARY 13, 1957
                             Mean Woman Blues (Record Version) H2WB 0257-14
                             (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) H2WB 0258-09
                             I Beg Of You (Alternate Master) H2WB 0259-12
                             That's When Your Heartaches Begin H2WB 0260-SP
                             Take My Hand, Precious Lord H2WB 0261-14

JANUARY 19, 1957
                             It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) H2WB 0282-13
                             Blueberry Hill H2WB 0283-09
                             Have I Told You Lately That I Love You H2WB 0284-15
                             Is It So Strange H2WB 0285-12
                             Is It So Strange (Backup Vocal Overdub / Repair) H2WB 0285

SEPTEMBER 5, 1957
                             Treat Me Nice H2PB 5523-15
                             My Wish Came True (Tryout) H2PB 5524-NA
                             Blue Christmas H2PB 5525-03

SEPTEMBER 6, 1957
                             My Wish Came True H2PB 5524-28
                             White Christmas H2PB 5526-09
                             Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) H2PB  5527-02
                             Silent Night H2PB 5528-09
                             Don't H2PB 5529-07

SEPTEMBER 7, 1957
                             Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem H2PB 5530-04
                             Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) H2PB 5531-09
                             Santa Claus Is Back In town H2PB 5532-07
                             I'll Be Home For Christmas H2PB 5533-15

MAY 15 / 16, 1971
                                Miracle of the Rosary APA4 1259-04
                                It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) APA4 1260-07
                                If I Get Home On Christmas Day APA4 1261-08
                                Padre APA4 1262-SP
                                Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees APA4 1263-10
                                Merry Christmas Baby APA4 1264-01
                                Merry Christmas Baby MWA5 9086-01
                                Silver Bells APA4 1265-02

MAY 16 / 17, 1971
                                I'll Be Home On Christmas Day APA4 1266-04
                                The Lord's Prayer (Informal Jam) WPA5 2571
                                I'll Be Home On Christmas Day APA4 1266-08
                                On a Snowy Christmas Night APA4 1267-NA
                                Winter Wonderland APA4 1268-10
                                Don't Think Twice, it's All Right (Informal Jam) APA4 1269-01
                                O Come, All Ye Faithful APA4 1270-01
                                O Come, All Ye Faithful MWA5 9085-02
                                The First Noel APA4 1271-NA
                                The Wonderful World of Christmas APA4 1272-NA

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