Elvis Presley 'collaborates' with an orchestra on new album
For Elvis Presley’s next album (yes, more music from the late star will soon be released), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will revamp the King of Rock and Roll’s music with new renditions of his classic tracks, the Associated Press reports.
“Love Me Tender” and “Burning Love” will get orchestral makeovers, while other songs will feature “duets” with artists like Michael Bublé (“Fever”), Il Volo (“It’s Now or Never”), and Duane Eddy (“Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “An American Trilogy”). All of Presley’s featured vocals were recorded between 1956 and 1973.
The album, If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was recorded at Abbey Road in London, and is slated for an Oct. 30 release. Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who green-lit the project, tells the AP, “This is right down the alley for Elvis. This is something he would have loved to do.”
Priscilla says the idea came to fruition when she and producer Don Reedman discussed it in London two years ago, and grew even stronger when Elvis’s former conductor in Las Vegas pitched her a similar idea. “Knowing him, he wanted bigness, he wanted fullness, he wanted drama,” Priscilla tells the AP, mentioning that Presley’s former manager felt audiences just wanted to hear the singer’s voice.
If I Can Dream will feature Presley’s better-known tracks alongside deeper cuts, like his version of Neil Diamond’s “The Grass Won’t Pay You No Mind.”
Legacy Recordings debuted the album cover Wednesday via Twitter.