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October 17, 2016  -   Licensing.biz  /  Elvis Express Radio
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, out TODAY October 21, 2016 via Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music

"The Wonder of You," recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios, offers one more chance to enjoy Presley's voice in a different context, deliciously backed by a world-class
orchestra geared toward the nuances of his delivery. It's a new twist on a very familiar, and treasured, body of work.

This one is a tried and true concept, basically a variation on last year's quite successful posthumous pairing of Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but the fact that
it's been done once before doesn't diminish the pleasure.

There are few surprises, but it's a reminder of Presley's range and vocal dexterity.

The opening rocker, "A Big Hunk O' Love," sounds totally fresh in an orchestral mode. Fans of Elvis's gospel approach will thrill to his masterful "Amazing Grace."

The orchestral style suits Elvis well: Taken out of the rock 'n' roll context, there is no need for his swagger or his snarl. The orchestra is restrained and understated, allowing
Presley's vocals alone to carry the day.

The orchestral format also gives rise to "live" concerts with Elvis singing on screen while the Royal Philharmonic performs. A series of six British shows in major arenas this fall is
expected to draw thousands of the faithful — the number doesn't seem to be dwindling, even 39 years after his death, in a country where he never performed.

But two "Royal Philharmonic" CDs may be enough. What some fans crave — Elvis singing alone, with only his guitar as accompaniment — may not exist in any vaults, and may be
impossible to create even in this age of computer-driven magic.

See 'The Wonder Of You' formats available