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Nothing says 'Christmas' like Elvis Presley on the stereo! From his '50s holiday tunes including 'Blue Christmas' to his early '70s musical yuletide offerings like 'Merry Christmas, Baby', The King Of Rock 'N Roll always sang from the heart and this collection of Christmas tunes is the perfect example of how he could connect with each and every song he performed. This is an excellent soundtrack to your busy holiday schedule!
Elvis' Christmas Album is the fourth album by Elvis Presley on RCA Victor Records, LOC 1035, a deluxe limited edition, released in October 1957, and recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. It has been reissued in numerous different formats since its first release. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and was the first of two Christmas-themed albums Presley would record, the other being Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas, released in the early 1970s.
According to the latest certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America, Elvis' Christmas Album has shipped at least 12 million copies in the United States (3 million copies of the original 1957 release on RCA Victor Records, plus 9 million copies of a "budget" edition first released by RCA Camden in 1970), making it the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of all time in the U.S.
""Elvis' Christmas Album" was originally released in 1957 as his fourth album and the first one that followed an obvious thematic concept. You need to keep in mind that this was originally a record album, because there were clearly two sides to Elvis this time around. On the "A" side of the album you Elvis doing rockers and blues numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," "Here Comes Santa Claus," and the most famous Elvis Christmas track, "Blue Christmas" for the first-half dozen songs. On the "B" side Elvis does gospel songs including "Silent Night," "I Believe," "Peace in the Valley" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Keep in mind that Elvis had only exploded on the music scene the year before and listening to him sing "church" music suddenly made it really difficult to dismiss all the hip shaking. Yes, it is strange that the original Elvis backup group, the Jordanaires, pops up on track only on the "second" side of the album, but there is no doubting Elvis' sincerity in singing these songs. This first Elvis Christmas album is still the best and even those fans who voted for the Vegas Elvis stamp instead of the Young Elvis stamp would have to agree." - AllCD
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