If I Can Dream [CD]

  • Artist: Elvis Presley
  • SKU: 4586612
  • Release Date: 10/30/2015
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (27 out of 27)


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Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ELVIS PRESLEY - "IF I CAN DREAM" CD

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    GREAT2BHERE
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    As a longtime admirer of Elvis Presley, I had initially presumed that the addition of overdubbed orchestral accompaniment on a collection of fourteen(14) great studio and concert recordings would likely prove less than satisfactory and rather disappointing. Prior to its upcoming release, his ex-wife Priscilla having had exclaimed such exceeding praise of this work had not effectively convinced me, particularly since she has much to gain by the promotion and successful sales of this official issue. Furthermore, owning a huge amount of Elvis Presley's studio, rehearsal, and concert material(both regular and previously unreleased, unedited versions), I truly enjoy the listening experience of Elvis Aaron Presley just "Taking Care of Business" in his own unique way. However, I still wanted to give it a fair chance, and upon purchasing and listening to "If I Can Dream-with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" CD, I indeed was rather impressed. The orchestral accompaniment actually does serve as an appropriate and a positively classy enhancement to the fourteen great Elvis Presley song tracks selected for this album. I wouldn't have imagined it realistically possible; though, his popular hit ballads(i.e. "Love Me Tender", "Can't Help Falling In Love", "There's Always Me", "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind", "It's Now Or Never") were furnished with absolutely royal treatment. The arrangements are also very well done and quite lovely on fantastic message songs, such as "If I Can Dream" and "In The Ghetto"; yet, these specific songs were not given a markedly or too noticeably different sound in comparison to the original recordings. On Elvis' towering version of "An American Trilogy", an excellent conception was to splice the best portions of three different concert performances(Las Vegas: 2/1972, Aloha Rehearsal Show: 1/12/1973, Aloha from Hawaii TV Special: 1/14/1973). Elvis' highly acclaimed and Grammy Award Winning beautiful recording of the gospel song "How Great Thou Art" sounds even more profound now. In my perception, I find the first track on this album to be most interesting; that is, the addition of classical orchestration to his Rock 'n' Roll song "Burning Love". Overall, the audio quality of every song track contained in this CD is outstandingly superb. Best of all, Elvis' incomparable voice, poignant styling, and the genuine Elvis Presley feel for music all shine brilliantly...at the forefront of each song track. The orchestral arrangements were done in an extremely respectful manner. Note, I chose to submit a review on "If I Can Dream-with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" after the release of its follow up volume "The Wonder Of You", which, if you read that review, I describe my reasons for considering it as not fully realized and surprisingly disappointing. Undoubtedly, Elvis would've been very pleased with, and proud of, "If I Can Dream-with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra". For those who have the good sense to appreciate his music, or if anyone desires to learn of a supremely premiere artist, the one and only Elvis Presley, the content of this compact disc is an absolutely fitting tribute. Royal treatment for The King!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Sound

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    nj613
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    Words can't describe this CD! 1 Elvis Fans must have

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Elvis is officially a classic!

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    Deeder
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    This is quite an interesting c.d. - "The King" and The Royal Philharmonic - an odd, but compatible pairing. I wonder what E.L.O. or The Moody Blues would think of this compromise of rock 'n' roll and classical? The title song was originally orchestrated very well but it sounds a bit more enhanced on this disc, as does "An American Trilogy" and "In The Ghetto." The one slight problem here is that these songs are already classics in the minds of Elvis fans and it's almost a crime to hear them in different versions - but this one was done very nicely, and with respect to one of the greatest artists of our generation. ELVIS WILL ALWAYS BE THE KING!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elvis is still the King!

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    Chester187
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    Beautiful orchestral arrangements behind some of Elvis's biggest hits comes off sounding amazing. The lush strings really add to the songs. Taking the magic of Elvis, and making it more magical! Pick up a copy...you won't be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great recording

    Posted
    Darrel
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    I am an elvis Presley fan and I really enjoy the recordings with the royal philharmonic orchestra.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elvis Lives

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    Mike
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    My wife is a huge Elvis fan and she really loves this album

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It was good.

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    LisaRose
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    It was good. It was good. It was good. It was good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dream Come True

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    GuyFromWisconsin
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    "The Royal Philharmonic" instruments pair beautifully with "Elvis Presley's" soulful, iconic voice. "If I Can Dream" is a wonderful compilation of some of Presley's most memorable, poignant songs. String section and horns are the most prominently displayed instruments of choice in each tune.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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