Christmas Duets

Christmas Duets

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by Elvis Presley
     
 
Elvis Presley never recorded duets, but that didn't stop RCA from compiling an album of duets for the 2008 Christmas season -- all with the help of the latest studio technology and ten willing duet partners. The guests are virtually all female, and virtually all come from the country field (or have recorded country in the past). It's easy to note the clever marketing

Overview

Elvis Presley never recorded duets, but that didn't stop RCA from compiling an album of duets for the 2008 Christmas season -- all with the help of the latest studio technology and ten willing duet partners. The guests are virtually all female, and virtually all come from the country field (or have recorded country in the past). It's easy to note the clever marketing moves made throughout the entire project, but that doesn't stop the results from being surprisingly agreeable, a good effort at attempting to re-create the sound and feel of classic Elvis Christmas songs from the '50s (and a few from the early '70s). It's clear that the project was handled with a great deal of care, from the sympathetic productions to the fact that the producers got help from more than just a few musicians who knew Elvis well. With Gordon Stoker leading the Jordanaires (Elvis' prime backing group), and Hargus "Pig" Robbins tinkling the ivories, this is certainly the kind of session date that Elvis wouldn't have missed (and would have ensured lasted well into the night). The duet vocals are usually fine, especially since Elvis and his guests are usually trading lines, which works much better than the occasional duet harmonies. The opener, "Blue Christmas" with Martina McBride, sets the mood, laid-back and slightly bluesy, while McBride makes sure she gives the King plenty of room. Carrie Underwood's piercing, crystalline vocals threaten to overwhelm "I'll Be Home for Christmas," but LeAnn Rimes goes back and forth in a great duet on "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)." The only outright failure is Gretchen Wilson's attempt to echo Elvis' lines and really stretch out during the eight-minute "Merry Christmas Baby."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886973547922
catalogNumber:
735479

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Anne Murray   Vocals
Amy Grant   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Olivia Newton-John   Vocals
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Martina McBride   Vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Brian Beattie   Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Karen Fairchild   Vocals
David Hungate   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Jarvis   Piano
Wynonna Judd   Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Gordon Mote   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Larry Strickland   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Curtis Young   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Jim Long   Electric Guitar
LeAnn Rimes   Vocals
Ray C. Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Sara Evans   Vocals
Palmetto State Quartet   Vocals
Karen Fairchild   Vocals
Kerry Beatty   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Gretchen Wilson   Vocals
Carrie Underwood   Vocals
Kimberly Roads   Vocals
Brian Beatty   Vocals,Accompaniment
Jeremy Calloway   Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Anne Murray   Author
Amy Grant   Author
Irving Berlin   Composer
Olivia Newton-John   Author
Elvis Presley   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Martina McBride   Author
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Karen Fairchild   Author
Kim Gannon   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Larry Hamby   Executive Producer
Wynonna Judd   Author
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Bergen White   Composer,String Arrangements
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Producer,Engineer
Sara Evans   Author
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Bart Pursley   Engineer
Alfred Wertheimer   Cover Photo
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Eric Bates   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Henry   Engineer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Stuart Crouch   Creative Assistance
Gretchen Wilson   Author
Carrie Underwood   Author
Kimberly Roads   Author
Melissa Bavanandan   Creative Assistance

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Christmas Duets 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
RudyJ More than 1 year ago
I have purchased ten copies for Christmas gifts and have gotten nothing but high praise. Everyone, without exception, loves the artist, the arrangements, the music and the overall quality of the sound. The best tracts seemed to be where the 'live' artist sang along with Elvis and not between his lines. I had heard that Ms. G. Wilson had received less than good reviews, however, I must disagree. The song was in her style and she did it well.
I am today ordering more copies for other friends I feel will enjoy the CD as well.

Rudy A Jarrell Jr
Wilmington NC
pudljmpr More than 1 year ago
While there were some tracks that were quite nice I was a little disappointed in the majority.
Ryleigh More than 1 year ago
Elvis could sing it all! It was nice listening to him paired with other singers too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite holiday cd's
juantabio More than 1 year ago
Elvis has been long gone, and thanks to technology we have this great combinations of voices, styles, and musical roots. Christmas is a time of nice surprises, and it was a surprise to see this one!!
debNJ More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a gift . He loves the songs on it.
NanaJones More than 1 year ago
Since I've always been a huge Elvis Presley fan, this album was a great find for me. I also needed some new CDs to listen to in my car during the Christmas season. And I love albums that are combinations with two singers, especially one from the past! Thank goodness I saw it advertised on Good Morning America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Elvis fan glad there was an album made with some very fine artist. Have many many Elvis C. D.
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