For a few months before Christmas arrives I feel like Scrooge. This has been happening for a quite a few years now since retailers and media started advertising their goods before the kids come to your door for candy. I find it all very annoying. I do not enjoy shopping or wrapping either! I know I am not alone with these feelings. So it really takes something special for this cloud over me to be lifted every year and it can only happen a few weeks before the day the presents are opened. I do enjoy that special time with my family and the joy of giving consumes me. The relief from the intrusive ads comes in the form of some classic yearly program on TV or a new music release. This year it was Elvis Presley that did it for me.
The Classic Christmas Album is one of a series from a stable of artists at the Sony Legacy label. You get 17 tracks on one CD for the bargain basement price of $6.99! Not bad considering the level of entertainment found on these tracks. Elvis was a special talent that has yet to be matched and probably never will be. He was one of the most talented, versatile and natural talents we have ever seen on the planet.
He takes all of his charismatic and eclectic musical talent and makes this collection of tracks spiritual like on “If Every Day Was Like Christmas” and bluesy Sun Records like with “Merry Christmas Baby.” We then step into today with the wonders of technology allowing Carrie Underwood to perform a duet with The King on ”I'll Be Home For Christmas” and Martina McBride gets her shot on “Blue Christmas” (which you get to hear with just Elvis as the album closes out). Both ladies are fine talents and match up well with Elvis.
This was the essence of Elvis the entertainer, the innate ability to please nearly everyone by crossing over genres and generations. His far reaching appeal is still popular on a worldwide level and it is recordings like this collection that showcase that quintessential Elvis sound that we remember, have come to know or have just discovered. Any way you found the man’s music, the end result is always the same. You will walk away from one listen of this collection with an appreciation for a real and unusual talent that can be fully appreciated. Along with all the warm and fuzziness comes some sadness that he had to leave us so soon.
So the legend of Elvis Presley continues to grow and with that the Holidays have become much more bearable (at least in the second week of December) and meaningful thanks to one the greatest vocalist of all time.
Now go and have yourself a merry little Elvis Christmas!
Key Tracks: Merry Christmas Baby, If Every Day Was Like Christmas, Blue Christmas
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com
December 13, 2012