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Elvis Presley 11/4/2003

Review

You have to hand it to the folks at BMG -- more than 25 years after the passing of Elvis Presley, they've yet to run out of ways to recycle his back catalog, and just in time for the 2003 holiday season, along comes Christmas Peace, still another repackaging of Presley's seasonable material. Disc one of this two-CD set collects the same 20 Yuletide selections that appeared on the seemingly definitive If Every Day Was Like Christmas collection in 1994, minus the alternate takes that appeared as bonus cuts. This represents nearly the entire Presley Christmas canon, this time in chronological order, with the 1957 Christmas sessions for the most part outshining the slicker but less sincere 1971 cuts, though the loose and surprisingly gritty take on Charles Brown's "Merry Christmas Baby" certainly kicks up the cool factor a few notches. Disc two presents 20 tunes from Elvis' gospel and inspirational sessions, and while most rock fans tend to shy away from this material, the truth is this ranks with Presley's most impassioned and committed material. No matter how far Elvis may have strayed from the Baptist faith of his childhood in his lifestyle, when listening to these recordings it's obvious that this music still spoke to his heart and soul throughout his life, and while this material sure doesn't rock, anyone who loves Elvis as an emotive artist can't help but be moved by his power and sincerity on "Peace in the Valley" or "Mansion Over the Hilltop," and this is a fine introduction to his gospel sessions. If you're an avid Presley collector, you doubtless have everything in this set, which boasts no unreleased (or especially hard to find) material, but the packaging is fine and the remastering clean and pleasing to the ear, making it a better than average starting place for someone wanting to study Elvis' enthusiastic relationship with both Santa Claus and his Savior. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Blue Christmas Elvis Presley 2:6
  3. 2 Here Comes Santa Claus Elvis Presley 1:54
  4. 3 White Christmas Elvis Presley 2:22
  5. 4 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) Elvis Presley 1:51
  6. 5 I'll Be Home for Christmas Elvis Presley 1:52
  7. 6 Santa Claus Is Back in Town Elvis Presley 2:22
  8. 7 O Little Town of Bethlehem Elvis Presley 2:34
  9. 8 Silent Night Elvis Presley 2:13
  10. 9 If Every Day Was Like Christmas Elvis Presley 2:52
  11. 10 O Come All Ye Faithful Elvis Presley 2:47
  12. 11 The First Noel Elvis Presley 2:9
  13. 12 On a Snowy Christmas Night Elvis Presley 2:47
  14. 13 Winter Wonderland Elvis Presley 2:17
  15. 14 The Wondeful World of Christmas Elvis Presley 1:56
  16. 15 It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) Elvis Presley 2:40
  17. 16 I'll Be Home on Christmas Day Elvis Presley 3:48
  18. 17 If I Get Home on Christmas Day Elvis Presley 2:51
  19. 18 Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees Elvis Presley 2:12
  20. 19 Merry Christmas, Baby Elvis Presley 5:41
  21. 20 Silver Bells Elvis Presley 2:25
  22. 1 Peace in the Valley Elvis Presley 3:20
  23. 2 I Believe Elvis Presley 2:3
  24. 3 It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Elvis Presley 3:52
  25. 4 His Hand in Mine Elvis Presley 3:13
  26. 5 In My Father's House Elvis Presley 2:2
  27. 6 Known Only to Him Elvis Presley 2:6
  28. 7 Mansion Over the Hilltop Elvis Presley 2:54
  29. 8 Crying in the Chapel Elvis Presley 2:24
  30. 9 How Great Thou Art Elvis Presley 2:59
  31. 10 In the Garden Elvis Presley 3:8
  32. 11 Where No One Stands Alone Elvis Presley 2:41
  33. 12 Somebody Bigger Than You and I Elvis Presley 2:24
  34. 13 Without Him Elvis Presley 2:26
  35. 14 We Call on Him Elvis Presley 2:31
  36. 15 Only Believe Elvis Presley 2:47
  37. 16 Amazing Grace Elvis Presley 3:32
  38. 17 An Evening Prayer Elvis Presley 1:53
  39. 18 He Touched Me Elvis Presley 2:37
  40. 19 He Is My Everything Elvis Presley 2:39
  41. 20 If That Isn't Love Elvis Presley 3:28

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