June 02 - If I Can Dream

Due from Sony this September is a brand new release entitled "If I Can Dream" which should contain Elvis Presley and other artists, including Michael Buble, remixed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is not clear yet if this will be a duet or "collaboration" style album. A few bits and pieces of information appear on-line. 

The CD will feature Elvis Presley's voice from many of his songs remixed with music by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Some of the tracks will also feature other artists including Michael BublĂ©. 

DJ and friend of Elvis, George Klein, mentioned on the SiriusXM Elvis radio channel shortly after that he was interviewed for a television special relating to this new Philharmonic CD release.

The production has been carried out by Don Reed in the UK. The site of Robin Smith, composer, arranger, performer and conductor said: "I have arranged an Elvis Presley album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to be released later this year and featuring many artists including Michael Buble". 

The album is being produced by UK-based conductor, Robin Smith. The CD, due out in September, is not a full duets album, but focuses on Presley's voice with new orchestration from the Royal Philharmonic.


Priscilla Presley commented about the If I Can Dream CD: "Elvis' voice now sounds unleashed while attacking 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with the orchestra fuming. He probably would have loved this album, because it stands where it always wanted to be: the best entertainer on the planet."

The picture shows Priscilla leaving the Abbey Road Studio in London on May 27, 2015.

According to Priscilla "Elvis's voice now sounds unleashed while attacking "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with the orchestra fuming. He probably would have loved this album, because it stands where it always wanted to be: the best entertainer on the planet" (Google translate from the Spanish ABC site).

Elvis: Summer of '56

The Madacy release “Elvis: Summer of '56 Deluxe Memorabilia Collection” has been released. 

Synopsis:
Years before he meets Priscilla, 21-year-old Elvis Presley is in love with a small-town girl, June Juanico, from Biloxi, Mississippi. Elvis had picked June out of the crowd at one of his concerts. After a chance meeting a year later, they started dating in May 1956. ""Heartbreak Hotel,"" Elvis' first national #1 hit is peaking at the top of the charts. He is yet to film his first Hollywood movie, and the legendary appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show are still months away. Most people, in fact, outside of a growing number of American teenagers, do not know the name Elvis Presley. The truly special summer of 1956 produced Elvis' first great romance, but also the end of his personal freedom. It's the summer that witnessed his astonishing rise to fame...and also the abrupt end of a simple existence to which he could never return. """Elvis - Summer of '56""" contains the earliest home movie footage of Elvis, and captures a rare day-in-the-life""" glimpse of the 21-year-old future King.


This deluxe collector's set includes the personal memorabilia of June Juanico -- featuring photos, magazine clippings and other items saved during the summer of '56. Also included is a booklet providing the prologue, and epilogue to the featured documentary, complete with plenty of stunning photos of The King.

(Source: ElvisMatters / Amazon / ABC)

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