If I Can Dream (album)

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If I Can Dream
Elvis If I Can Dream.jpeg
Compilation album by Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Released October 30, 2015 (2015-10-30)[1]
Recorded 2015
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 49:46
Label RCA, Legacy
Producer Nick Patrick, Don Reedman (also exec.), Mauro Dirago, Priscilla Presley (exec.)
Elvis Presley chronology
The Complete '60s Albums Collection Vol. 2: 1966-1969
(2015)
If I Can Dream
(2015)
Way Down in the Jungle Room
(2016)
Singles from If I Can Dream
  1. "If I Can Dream"
    Released: August 12, 2015
Alternate cover
Box set version cover
Box set version cover

If I Can Dream is a compilation album by American singer Elvis Presley (1935–77). It was released on October 30, 2015 by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings. The album features archival vocal recordings of Elvis accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It also features duets with Canadian singer Michael Bublé and Italian trio Il Volo. If I Can Dream was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, and it was produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman.[2]

The album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, giving Elvis a record-equalling 12th UK number one. As of September 2016, the album had sold 1.6 million copies worldwide.[3] A second album featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wonder of You was released on October 21, 2016.

On March 15, 2016, the Daily Mail reported that arena shows in the cities of Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, London and Manchester have been already organized where the singer's voice, backed by the live accompaniment from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will play to an estimated audience of at least 100,000 people. This will follow the extraordinary success of the album which has sold more than a million copies in the UK. This undertaking will also be backed by Priscilla Presley, who will also participate in the proceedings and was co-executive producer of the album.

Background[edit]

This is the album I think he always would have wanted to do. The label would have never allowed him to have an orchestra. And if it was up to [manager] Colonel Parker, he would have had Elvis just singing — no background, no nothing. I think we have given him the freedom here to experiment with all the orchestras he would have loved in the pieces."

 — Priscilla Presley on the album.[4]

If I Can Dream was released in commemoration of Elvis' 80th birthday celebration throughout 2015.[2] In an interview with Rolling Stone, Elvis's ex-wife Priscilla Presley, said the vision of the album was to keep Elvis relevant: "Our culture and music has changed so drastically, I think that we have to keep [Elvis] right in line and do whatever we can to keep him current". Priscilla Presley also said the album is carrying the "DNA of Elvis Presley and keeping him authentic".[4] The album was named after Elvis's 1968 single of the same name. Presley continued: "This would be a dream come true for Elvis. He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

After debuting at number 1 in the UK, If I Can Dream tied Presley with Madonna for the most UK number-one albums by a solo artist, with each having 12.[5] It is also Presley's 50th album to hit the UK top 10, and 59 years since his first number-one album on the chart, also a record. It sold 79,000 units in its first week at number one. It became the year's top selling album by a non UK artist, the top three being Adele's 25, Ed Sheeran's x and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour. On January 5, 2016, The Independent reported that the album was the 12th best-selling home entertainment title of 2015, which, along with the tremendous success of the aforementioned Adele and Sheeran albums, helped drive a 4% increase in UK music sales with respect of those of 2014.[citation needed] As of October 2016, If I Can Dream had sold 1,062,457 copies in the UK.[6]

In the United States, the album debuted and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 after having entered the Billboard Classical Chart at number 17 the previous week.[7] Due to the inclusion of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this marked the first time a Presley record had entered that chart. It then jumped from #17 to #1 in its second week and held that position in its third week, while then successively remaining inside the top 15 positions for the next forty eight weeks. As of September 2016, the album had sold nearly 100,000 copies in the United States.[8]

If I Can Dream debuted at number 3 on the New Zealand Albums Chart and entered at number 1 in both the Scottish and Australian album charts. In the former, he remained in the first three positions for the next seven weeks, returning to number 1 in the ninth. In the latter, it held the top spot for a second week, became Presley's second chart-topping album after ELV1S: 30 No. 1 Hits in 2002 and by December 31 had become the 11th biggest album seller of 2015.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Burning Love" Dennis Linde 3:31
2. "It's Now or Never" (featuring Il Volo) Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold 3:18
3. "Love Me Tender" Vera Matson, Elvis Presley 3:26
4. "Fever" (featuring Michael Bublé) Eddie Cooley, John Davenport 4:26
5. "Bridge over Troubled Water" Paul Simon 4:37
6. "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" Neil Diamond 3:41
7. "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil 4:00
8. "There's Always Me" Don Robertson 2:21
9. "Can't Help Falling in Love" Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George Weiss 3:19
10. "In the Ghetto" Mac Davis 3:13
11. "How Great Thou Art" Trad., arr. Robin Smith, Don Reedman, Nick Patrick 3:08
12. "Steamroller Blues" James Taylor 3:10
13. "An American Trilogy" Trad., arr. Mickey Newbury 4:33
14. "If I Can Dream" Walter Earl Brown 3:12

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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