Wonderful World of Christmas
With all these "new" Christmas compilations, I think it's safe to divide the Elvis Christmas albums in these two:
1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. White Christmas
3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Blue Christmas
6. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
7. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Silent Night
9. Peace In The Valley
10. I Believe
11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
1. O Come, All Ye Faithful
2. The First Noel
3. On A Snowy Christmas Night
4. Winter Wonderland
5. The Wonderful World Of Christmas
6. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)
7. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day
8. If I Get Home On Christmas Day
9. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees
10. Merry Christmas Baby (Extended Version)
11. Silver Bells
Which one is your favourite "original" christmas album?
Wonderful World of Christmas
I dream a world where man no other man
will scorn. Where LOVE will bless the earth
and peace its paths adorn...
Wonderful World of Christmas. " Merry Christmas" to all Dovey
Last edited by Dovey; 02-19-2006 at 06:33 AM.
O Come, All Ye Faithful, If I Get Home On Christmas Day, Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees and Merry Christmas Baby are one of my alltime favourite christmas songs.
I voted however for "ELvis Christmas Album" because that one is much more cheerful. You can hear on the sad songs on "a Wonderfull Christmas" that Elvis wasn't quite happy, and that's also hearable on the "should have been happy" tunes like 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Silver Bells'.
Elvis was overworked during that period: the songs he cut during this period aren't from the (upbeat) quality as the 1970 sessions. In that year (1970) he could make something great from even bad songs.
How great must this album have been when it would have been recorded in 1970.
Vocally and musically i go for 1971...
And my alltime christmas song "i'll be home on christmas day" is on it...so...
Old Times they are not forgotten
The Wonderful World Of Christmas. My favorite songs from the album are:
If I Get Home On Christmas Day and Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees.
My all time favorite Elvis Christmas song is: If Every Day Was Like Christmas.
I like both but The Wonderful World Of Christmas takes the cake.
I did it my way.
While I like both albums, I would say "The Wonderful World of Christmas" would be my favorite.
How great must this album have been when it would have been recorded in 1970. [/quote]
You are right my friend!
1971 was probably the worst year for Elvis to record a christmas album. It is obvious he wasn't in the mood. But his voice in the 70's was much more suited to this type of music.
So here I have a dilemma. From 1957 I love the uptempo songs like "Here Comes Santa Claus". In 1971 he seemingly found inspiration in slow somewhat "sader" songs like "It Won't Seem Like Christmas" and "If I Get Home On Christmas Day".
I vote for "The Wonderful World Of Christmas" as my favorite because the overall sound is more suited to the Christmas atmosphere.
Merry Christmas to Everyone
Christmas album... I like all the songs in it. The 1971 album is excellent too.
Let the stars fade and fall, and I won't care at all, as long as I have you.
"You've got it all together like a lovin' machine
You're lookin' like glory and walkin' like a dream...
Mother nature's sure been good to Y-O-U"
Both albums are nice, but I voted for "Christmas Album".
Especially the original vinyl album had a great cover, complete with color booklet...
Elvis Christmas album although my favo christmas song is on the other album, Merry christmas baby. ECA sounds more joyful more
without a song, a man ain't got a friend,
without a song, the road would never bend,
without a song, so I'll keep singing the song.
Definitely "Christmas Album".
And I am amazed to see that so many people have chosen "Wonderful World of Christmas" since the -57 album is considered to be one of the best x-mas albums of all time. But I guess that shows that fans and critics don't always think alike.
My favourite x-mas song by Elvis is definitely "Santa Claus Is Back In Town". It is just the best track to open the album with, as a statement to say that "This will not be your ordinary x-mas album. Get ready!" (The only other album opener that was just as cool would probably be "wearing that loved on look" on "Elvis From Memphis") And Irving Berlin going on the record criticising the record just makes it way cooler!! Elvis was the first punk-rocker!!
Happy New Year everyone!!!
There's so much world to see
For me, there's so much world to see
Yeah! Yeah! Mmm!
- waiting to see Australia.
It's that little problem money first!
I like the 2 albums but my favorite i would say is: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHRISTMAS 1971
a very special songs, one of my favorite is: IF I GET HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY
I love both of these albums, songwise and lyrically speaking I would choose the 1971 album 'The Wonderful World Of Christmas'. But because Im more a Rock N Roll fan I am going to pick the 1957 christmas album. and If there are any fans here who have the USA 1957 package of the album, they will know that It Is absolutley fantastic with all those photos from the Jailhouse Rock images.
The Wonderfull World Of Christmas for me!
On the hills of Georgia
Across the plains of Tennessee
I've seen and I've done most everything
That a man can do or see
I vote for "The Wonderful World Of Christmas" for several reasons.
In 1957 Elvis wasn't really ready (vocally) to record Christmas songs in a way that the Christmas spirit is present. Most of the 1957 recordings are uptempo rock/blues influenced songs and Elvis is still not at ease in a ballad.
In 1971 his voice was so rich that he could do anything with it if he put his mind to it. Besides that the arrangements of the songs are wonderful. And although Elvis might not be on his best during these 1971 recording sessions his worst is still something a lot of other artists could envy.