Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace

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by Elvis Presley
     
 

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This latest repackaging of Elvis Presley's Christmas catalogue takes it cue from the King's first holiday long-player, 1957's Elvis' Christmas Album, which paired one side of seasonal songs with a side comprising mostly religious songs. Christmas Peace offers one disc containing all 20 Yuletide tunes Elvis cut for his two legit Christmas albums, and one

Overview

This latest repackaging of Elvis Presley's Christmas catalogue takes it cue from the King's first holiday long-player, 1957's Elvis' Christmas Album, which paired one side of seasonal songs with a side comprising mostly religious songs. Christmas Peace offers one disc containing all 20 Yuletide tunes Elvis cut for his two legit Christmas albums, and one 20-song disc culled from his three gospel albums. On the Christmas disc, Elvis ranges from Leiber-Stoller's swinging blues "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" to tender ministrations such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" to reverential treatments of ancient Christmas texts in a spiritual mode ("O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night") -- and, oh yes, the certifiable classic "Blue Christmas." Disc 2, subtitled Peace, offers similar diversity in its gospel selections. Alongside the Thomas A. Dorsey monument "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley" and two powerful Stuart Hamblen testimonies, "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)" and "Known Only to Him," is the decidedly R&B-flavored "Crying in the Chapel." Elvis puts his indelible stamp on towering standards such as "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," while his rendition of "An Evening Prayer" marks one of the King's most underrated but powerful performances, a heartrending plea topped only by Mahalia Jackson's version. All of these recordings are available in other themed packages, of course, but as a holiday item, the joining of the sacred, the traditional, and the rocking as heard on Christmas Peace makes it a big winner.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
You have to hand it to the folks at BMG -- more than 25 years after the passing of Elvis Presley, they've yet to run out of ways to recycle his back catalog, and just in time for the 2003 holiday season, along comes Christmas Peace, still another repackaging of Presley's seasonable material. Disc one of this two-CD set collects the same 20 Yuletide selections that appeared on the seemingly definitive If Every Day Was Like Christmas collection in 1994, minus the alternate takes that appeared as bonus cuts. This represents nearly the entire Presley Christmas canon, this time in chronological order, with the 1957 Christmas sessions for the most part outshining the slicker but less sincere 1971 cuts, though the loose and surprisingly gritty take on Charles Brown's "Merry Christmas Baby" certainly kicks up the cool factor a few notches. Disc two presents 20 tunes from Elvis' gospel and inspirational sessions, and while most rock fans tend to shy away from this material, the truth is this ranks with Presley's most impassioned and committed material. No matter how far Elvis may have strayed from the Baptist faith of his childhood in his lifestyle, when listening to these recordings it's obvious that this music still spoke to his heart and soul throughout his life, and while this material sure doesn't rock, anyone who loves Elvis as an emotive artist can't help but be moved by his power and sincerity on "Peace in the Valley" or "Mansion Over the Hilltop," and this is a fine introduction to his gospel sessions. If you're an avid Presley collector, you doubtless have everything in this set, which boasts no unreleased (or especially hard to find) material, but the packaging is fine and the remastering clean and pleasing to the ear, making it a better than average starting place for someone wanting to study Elvis' enthusiastic relationship with both Santa Claus and his Savior.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0828765239325
catalogNumber:
52393
Rank:
83418

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blue Christmas
  2. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  3. White Christmas
  4. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
  5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  6. Santa Claus Is Back in Town
  7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  8. Silent Night
  9. If Every Day Was Like Christmas
  10. O Come All Ye Faithful
  11. The First Noel
  12. On a Snowy Christmas Night
  13. Winter Wonderland
  14. The Wondeful World of Christmas
  15. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)
  16. I'll Be Home on Christmas Day
  17. If I Get Home on Christmas Day
  18. Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees
  19. Merry Christmas, Baby
  20. Silver Bells

Disc 2

  1. Peace in the Valley
  2. I Believe
  3. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  4. His Hand in Mine
  5. In My Father's House
  6. Known Only to Him
  7. Mansion Over the Hilltop
  8. Crying in the Chapel
  9. How Great Thou Art
  10. In the Garden
  11. Where No One Stands Alone
  12. Somebody Bigger Than You and I
  13. Without Him
  14. We Call on Him
  15. Only Believe
  16. Amazing Grace
  17. An Evening Prayer
  18. He Touched Me
  19. He Is My Everything
  20. If That Isn't Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Jordanaires   Vocals
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Charlie Hodge   Vocals
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Mary Holladay   Vocals
Imperials Quartet   Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Nashville Edition   Vocals
June Page   Vocals
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Vocals
VOICE   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Bill Gaither   Composer
Dottie Rambo   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Adaptation
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Irvin Graham   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
Glen Spreen   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Liner Notes
Johnny Moore   Composer
Roger Semon   Liner Notes
Dick Smith   Composer
Artie Glenn   Composer
Fred Karger   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Ira F. Stanphill   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Aileene Hanks   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Mosie Lister   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Francis Burke   Composer
Claude de Metruis   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Frisch   Composer
Stanley Gelber   Composer
Jay Johnson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Michael Jarrett   Composer
C. Austin Miles   Composer
Paul Rader   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
William J. Gaither   Composer
J. A. Balthrop   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer
Red West   Composer

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Christmas Peace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Few can deny Elvis Presley's overwhelming influence on the rock music genre. If he didn't invent the style, as a handful of dissenters contend, he certainly defined it and inarguably reigns, by a staggering margin, as its number one selling artist of all time. BMG's latest Elvis release, "Christmas Peace," demonstrates the sphere of his influence goes beyond the parameters of rock and roll, impacting two musical sub-cultures: Gospel and Holiday Seasonal. Elvis's song catalog from these genres is voluminous and his overall record sales for each group far surpass the totals of any respective competitor. In fact, according to the CD's liner notes, the "King of Rock and Roll" has sold over 100 million Christmas and spiritual records in his career!!!! "Christmas Peace" is a savvy pairing of the two similar styles and spotlights 20 of Elvis's finest gospel tunes and an equal number of his Christmas recordings. Following the pattern established with last years mega-hit "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" and this years Top-Ten release "Elvis 2nd to None", BMG offers in chronological order, samplings of Elvis's songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Disc 1 (Christmas) highlights include Elvis's signature holiday song, the brooding "Blue Christmas" and the rollicking "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me." "If Everyday Was Like Christmas," "If I Get Home on Christmas Day," and the very soulful "Merry Christmas Baby" are standouts, as is "Winter Wonderland"; a song so infectiously bouncy you cannot help but sing along!!! Disc 2 (Peace) features all of the King's most important spiritual selections. The standard classics include "Peace in the Valley" and "How Great Thou Art" (unfortunately, the 1960s studio version, not the more sweeping and moving concert version of the early 1970s) and "Amazing Grace." "Crying in the Chapel," a 1965 release that hit Number 1 on the pop charts is a beautiful ballad but seems out of place in this grouping. Of the 1970s offerings, "An Evening Prayer" and "He Touched Me" best demonstrate Elvis's remarkable vocals. Disc 1 is just a good a compilation of Elvis's Christmas material as any previously released. Disc 2, because of the 20 song limitation, merely provides a glimpse of Presley's brilliant gospel catalog (to get the complete picture, one must purchase the 1994 box set "Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances). But for those seeking to capture the best of both worlds, "Christmas Peace" is a collection worth having.
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