Christmas Peace

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 828765239325
  • Catalog Number: 52393
  • Sales rank: 21,209

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
The Jordanaires Vocals
Dolores Edgin Vocals
Charlie Hodge Vocals
Ginger Holladay Vocals
Mary Holladay Vocals
The Imperials Quartet Vocals
Millie Kirkham Vocals
The 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
Al 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
Vic Anesini Mastering
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
Al 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
C. Gabriel Battersby Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
William J. Gaither Composer
J. A. Balthrop Composer
Battersby Gaveril Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
Red West Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of Both Worlds

    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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