Christmas Duets

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886973547922
  • Catalog Number: 735479
  • Sales rank: 38,460

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Christmas - Martina McBride (2:30)
  2. 2 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Carrie Underwood (3:36)
  3. 3 Here Comes Santa Claus - LeAnn Rimes (1:58)
  4. 4 Santa Claus Is Back in Town - Wynonna Judd (2:26)
  5. 5 Silent Night - Sara Evans (2:24)
  6. 6 White Christmas (2:25)
  7. 7 Merry Christmas Baby - Gretchen Wilson (8:06)
  8. 8 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Kimberly Schlapman (2:38)
  9. 9 Silver Bells (2:27)
  10. 10 O Come, All Ye Faithful (2:52)
  11. 11 The First Noel (2:14)
  12. 12 If I Get Home on Christmas Day (2:55)
  13. 13 Winter Wonderland (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
Anne Murray Vocals
Amy Grant Vocals
The 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
The 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
The Palmetto State Quartet Vocals
Karen Fairchild Vocals
Kerry Beatty Vocals, Background Vocals, Accompaniment
Gretchen Wilson Vocals
Carrie Underwood Vocals
Kimberly Schlapman Vocals
Brian Beatty Vocals, Accompaniment
Jeremy Calloway Vocals, Background Vocals, Accompaniment
Kimberly Schlapmann Vocals
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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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
Melissa Bavanandan Creative Assistance
Kimberly Schlapmann Author
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A cleaver idea that caught my eye!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    NICE

    I bought this for a gift . He loves the songs on it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD - I love Elvis

    One of my favorite holiday cd's

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    He's still the best

    Elvis could sing it all! It was nice listening to him paired with other singers too.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Disappointing

    While there were some tracks that were quite nice I was a little disappointed in the majority.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding - Through & Through

    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.<BR/>I am today ordering more copies for other friends I feel will enjoy the CD as well.<BR/><BR/>Rudy A Jarrell Jr<BR/>Wilmington NC

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