Follow up to I Can Dream comes in box set form
With last year’s If I Can Dream Elvis release – which saw The King’s vocal performances set to lush Orchestral backing – selling upwards of a million copies in the UK alone, it was surely inevitable that Sony would commission a prompt follow-up. That arrives in December with The Wonder Of You, a similar set recorded with an The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road, spanning a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads.
This features Presley classics such as Suspicious Minds, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Amazing Grace, Kentucky Rain and Always On My Mind.
The Wonder Of You is also available in box set form. This deluxe box edition of the album features a CD with two additional bonus tracks (three are being reported by some, but its seems that Just Pretend is already labelled as a ‘bonus track’ on the standard edition, hence the confusion) and the gatefold double vinyl album (150g pressings). You also get a poster “suitable for framing” (are any posters unsuitable for framing?) and a 12-page booklet. All that lot comes housed in a 12″ x 12″ lift-off lid box.
Not perhaps a special edition to get too excited about, but on the other hand it does appear to be the only way to get those couple of bonus tracks physically, and at £25.99 (at the time of writing) it’s only carries a £1 premium over buying the standard CD and vinyl separately. This price is considerably cheaper than the $150 being asked by the official Elvis shop!
The Wonder Of You is released on 2 December 2016.
A Big Hunk O’ Love
I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby
I Just Can’t Help Believin’
Let It Be Me
Always On My Mind
The Wonder Of You
Just Pretend [duet with Helene Fischer]
Deluxe bonus tracks
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
You Gave Me a Mountain