I’ve been a casual Elvis fan ever since Disney’s Lilo & Stitch movie introduced me to him several years ago and . Since then I’ve noticed a trend of revisiting and releasing reworked versions his original work. I really liked Viva ELVIS, a collection of re-imagined favorites that was released this fall.
Today’s Christmas Tune comes from 2008’s Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, which splices the voices of modern country/gospel artists into classic Elvis holiday tunes. The result is a mostly seamless marriage of old and new. My favorite track here– and the one that sounds most like a genuine duet– is White Christmas with Amy Grant.
Unlike some of the other singers on this album, Miss Grant realizes the star here is Elvis. She doesn’t try to upstage The King, but makes a fine presence nonetheless. It’s interesting to note that Elvis recorded this tune back in 1957– three years before Grant was born. Yet it almost seems like he recorded it in anticipation of her joining him in a duet more than half a century later.