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Christmas Duets

Elvis Presley  Main Performer

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1 Blue Christmas Johnson/Hayes 2:30
2 I'll Be Home for Christmas Gannon/Ram/Kent 3:36
3 Here Comes Santa Claus [Right Down Santa Claus Lane] Haldeman/Autry 1:58
4 Santa Claus Is Back in Town Leiber/Stoller 2:26
5 Silent Night Mohr/Gruber 2:24
6 White Christmas Berlin 2:25
7 Merry Christmas Baby Baxter/Moore 8:06
8 O Little Town of Bethlehem White/Redner 2:38
9 Silver Bells Livingston/Evans 2:27
10 O Come, All Ye Faithful Traditional 2:52
11 The First Noel [*] Traditional 2:14
12 If I Get Home on Christmas Day [*] Macaulay 2:55
13 Winter Wonderland [*] Bernard/Smith 2:25
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Christmas Duets

Audio Compact Disc

Label: RCA

Style: Rock & Roll

Christmas Duets

UPC: 886973547922

Release Date: 10/14/2008

Original Release Date: 10/14/2008

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Blue Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus [Right Down Santa Claus Lane], Santa Claus Is Back in Town, Silent Night, White Christmas, Merry Christmas Baby, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silver Bells, O Come, All Ye Faithful, The First Noel [*], If I Get Home on Christmas Day [*], Winter Wonderland [*]]

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." ~ John Bush, Rovi