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|IF I CAN DREAM INDIAN REVIEW
December 30, 2015 - The Indian Times / Elvis Express Radio
It's a known fact that Elvis Presley never toured outside of US territory during his life, but this album, featuring archival vocal recordings of Elvis accompanied by new orchestral
arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is something the King might have done, during his lifetime - it's that good. You also get to hear duets with Canadian singing
sensation Michael Buble (whose baritone gels well with Presley) and Italian trio Il Volo.
If I Can Dream was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, and it was produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman.
The arrangements don't come across as a remixed work just put out to fill the coffers, but actually sound pretty cohesive.
This should come as no surprise, given the caliber of the performers involved.
'Burning Love' is one of his later works, but the intensity of the song comes through pretty well.
'It's Now Or Never' is unforgettable in the Presley canon, and it gets superb treatment here, with top-notch musicianship.
Then of course, there is the gentle 'Love Me Tender',
a song that no Elvis compilation can go without. And deservedly so, for the strings really complement the vocals, while preserving the tender emotion of the song.
The track 'Fever' does seem like an odd one out, for although 'Buble' is competent, he is no Elvis.
Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' shines here.
You'll want to hear this one on repeat, if you're an Elvis fan or just someone who digs good vocal-driven music.