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Elvis Presley 'If I Can Dream' is the Number 1 Album in Australia


By: Elvis Australia
Source: Sony Music Music / ARIA
November 7, 2015 - 6:02:38 PM
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Elvis is number 1 in Australia this week with 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' topping the ARIA album chart on debut. Amazingly, this is only Elvis' second number one album in Australia (since reasonably reliable album chart data began in 1974, and so missing so many of Elvis' 'golden' years).

Elvis Presley News  'If I Can Dream' certified Gold Award in Australia

'If I Can Dream' is also No. 1 in both the UK and Scotland.

On other charts ...

#17 on the Dutch Album Top 100. 
#10 on the Belgian Ultrapop Album Top 50. 
#35 on the German Album Top 100

Elvis Presley 'If I Can Dream' is the Number 1 Album in Australia.

Elvis Presley Video Australian TV Commercial for 'If I Can Dream' CD (00:30)

There have been several attempts at an Elvis Presley remix album, none of which have worked. This one does! The songs don't and were never intended to replace the original masters, nothing ever could, but to my ears Sony Music have succeeded (with 'If I Can Dream') where others have failed – they have produced an album that that while remaining faithful to the style that was Elvis Presley have created a new listening experience. And this is what the album is, a new listening experience, not a replacement of his body of work. And importantly it is an album. One that Elvis would have - could have - gone into the studio to cut. Read the full review.

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There have been several attempts at an Elvis Presley remix album, none of which have worked. This one does! The songs don't and were never intended to replace the original masters, nothing ever could, but to my ears Sony Music have succeeded where others have failed - they have produced an album that that while remaining faithful to the style that was Elvis Presley have created a new listening experience. And this is what the album is, a new listening experience, not a replacement of his body of work. And importantly it is an album. One that Elvis would have - could have - gone into the studio to cut. Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Review : If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elvis Presley Video Listen to 'If I Can Dream (03:13)

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If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD.

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Brilliant album, tremendous orchestra and the songs are just brilliant. Congratulations to Priscilla Presley for the pleasure of listening to some fantastic productions. By Andrew T. Kiln on 30 Oct. 2015

I am a bit of an Elvis purist so don't like Elvis messed with. This however is superb. Beautifully recorded and when you listen to young Elvis singing with the Bubley you realize Elvis was a supreme vocalist,listen to Troubled water and wow he became one of the greatest in popular music.

Even if you are no great Elvis fan try this, it just might change your opinion. To all Elvis fans buy ,buy, buy so we could have a volume 2. The best of Elvis, but with extra padding Wonderfully blended orchestral element with the voice. The deluxe box set is beautifully packaged. Packed full of my favorite Elvis tracks, and how sexy does Steam Roller Blues sound?!...Very sexy! By JW on 30 Oct. 2015

Great CD far better than I expected highly recommended great value. Wonderful ... By Chris Branfield on 30 Oct. 2015

A fabulous idea, Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, what's not to like? I agree with Priscilla, I think Elvis would have loved this. The purists might disagree and, yes, the originals all sound wonderful too but this helps to keep Elvis' music alive. I think the songs benefit from the orchestration - Can't Help Falling in Love sounds gorgeous and Burning Love and Steamroller Blues even more exciting than the originals. The quality of the recording is first class as you would expect. On Love Me Tender, Elvis could be in the room with you and it sounds as if it was recorded yesterday. One of the less well known songs (and one of my all time favorites) is And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind. It's a beautiful song anyway and on here it sounds heavenly.

The only trouble is that it reminds you that Elvis is no longer here and you miss that wonderful voice all over again. Anyway, new ideas like this help keep his memory alive and perhaps bring him to a new generation of music lovers. After all these years, I wonder what he would think? By Trudy Bradburne on 30 Oct. 2015

Burning Love just blew me away, I first heard it played on Radio 2 and I just could not believe that the song could sound better than the original, brilliant.
By Bess on 30 Oct. 2015

I may be accused of bias as a life long Elvis fan, but this is quite simply the most amazing music I've ever heard, no arguments, no doubts, no debate. What has been achieved here is by putting Elvis' voice with this orchestra is beyond compare. These shiny new coats on old classics whilst being fresh and new are also very true to Elvis' performances of these songs. Every track is mind blowing, it's impossible to pick a favorite. The presentation of the Collectors box is first class. From the Collector's check out 'Heartbreak Hotel'. This is so good I've bought it twice, so I can keep one copy sealed, in mint condition. By JKM 30 October 2015

Elvis' spirit still lives on and this is a true celebration of his pure voice. Well done Priscilla you keep his spirit alive. Hope there is another to follow. Deborah Pomroyon 30 October 2015

I thought I was purchasing this album to experience a new musical backing. That I did. I was not, however, expecting to be so blown away by the vocals as much as I was. I am a massive Elvis fan and have been since I was a child. This album introduced me to new delicacies and nuances in the voice of a singer singing the same songs I have been listening to for for 30 years. Outstanding.

Singers who attempt a duet with Elvis will always come off second best. Great track but gloss has been taken off it by including Buble (good on his own but no match and probably included just to try to appeal to younger listeners for more sales) on what should have been an epic Elvis / Philharmonic Album. Shame. The rest however, Perfection, but 2 stars lost for spoiling Fever for no real musical reason. By M. Chrison 30 October 2015

Track listing

  1. Burning Love
  2. It's Now Or Never
  3. Love Me Tender
  4. Fever (feat. Michael Bublé)
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  6. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
  7. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  8. There's Always Me
  9. Can't Help Falling In Love
  10. In The Ghetto
  11. How Great Thou Art
  12. Steamroller Blues
  13. An American Trilogy
  14. If I Can Dream

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