The Wonder of You (Elvis Presley album)

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The Wonder of You
Elvis The Wonder Of You.jpeg
Compilation album by Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Released October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
Genre
Label RCA, Legacy
Producer Nick Patrick, Don Reedman (also exec.), Priscilla Presley (exec.)
Elvis Presley chronology
Way Down in the Jungle Room
(2016)Way Down in the Jungle Room2016
The Wonder of You
(2016)
The 50 Greatest Hits
(2017)The 50 Greatest Hits2017
Singles from The Wonder of You
  1. "A Big Hunk o' Love"
    Released: September 9, 2016

The Wonder of You is a compilation album by American singer Elvis Presley (1935–77). It was released on October 21, 2016 by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the album features archival vocal recordings of Elvis accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at the Abbey Road Studios. It also features a duet with German singer Helene Fischer.

It is the follow-up album to If I Can Dream (2015), which was a commercial success, selling 1.6 million copies worldwide.[1] Elvis's ex-wife Priscilla Presley has said of The Wonder of You: "Elvis always loved the great, operatic vocalists. We often talked about his interest in recording material that allowed him to perform in that space. It's exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios, he would have loved these performances and I'm very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart earning a BPI Silver award in its debut week with sales of 63,500,[2][3] the following 22 weeks, the last 4 non consecutively, it registered, inter alia, weekly sales of 35,456, 28,590, 29,647, 32,261, 44,446, 54,011, 60,979, 73,461, 35,915, 15,983, 9,575, 3,540, 1,900, 1,300 and 1,000 thus totalling sales of 505,000 units while landing at #2, #3, #5, #5, #3, #4, #4, #3, #3, #4 , #7, #17, #32, #48, #61, #70, #96, #65, #58, #79 and #89 respectively, and earning a BPI Gold and Platinum certification.[4] It is Elvis' 13th UK number-one album, making him the solo artist with most UK number-one albums (and overall only behind The Beatles with 15 number-one albums).[5] Elvis also extended the record for most UK top 10 albums, with The Wonder of You becoming his 52nd top 10 album,[6] it became the year's 5th top selling album, and the biggest seller by a US artist, the top four being Adele's 25, Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams, Justin Bieber's Purpose, and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together (three UK artists and a Canadian). Finally, it was also the #2 album released in the UK in 2016, after "Together" and by extension, the top selling album released in 2016 by a non UK artist.

In the United States, the album debuted at #1 in the Billboard Classical Chart, making it Presley's second stay at the top on that chart, after If I Can Dream, it has thus far remained inside that chart's Top 20 for 23 weeks.

Worldwide, and according to the Mediatraffic Global Chart Report March 8, 2017, the album has thus far sold 725,000 units.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Big Hunk o' Love" Aaron Schroeder, Sidney Wyche 2:22
2. "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" Tony Joe White 2:35
3. "Suspicious Minds" Mark James 3:45
4. "Don't" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 3:10
5. "I Just Can't Help Believing" Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil 4:35
6. "Just Pretend" Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett 4:06
7. "Love Letters" Edward Heyman, Victor Young 2:55
8. "Amazing Grace" William J. Gaither 3:46
9. "Starting Today" Don Robertson 3:10
10. "Kentucky Rain" Eddie Rabbitt, Dick Heard 4:03
11. "Memories" Billy Strange, Mac Davis 3:15
12. "Let It Be Me" Gilbert Bécaud, Manny Curtis, Pierre Delanoë 3:26
13. "Always on My Mind" Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, James 3:39
14. "The Wonder of You" Baker Knight 2:31
15. "Just Pretend" (duet with Helene Fischer) (bonus track) Fletcher, Flett 4:04
Deluxe version (bonus tracks)[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell, Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini  
16. "You Gave Me a Mountain" Marty Robbins  
17. "Just Pretend" (duet with Helene Fischer) Fletcher, Flett  
Notes
  • The duet version of "Just Pretend" with Helene Fischer is omitted from the UK version.
  • The album was also released as a two-disc version with If I Can Dream.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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