NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the remarkable new album featuring classic Elvis Presley vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, has catapulted the King of Rock n Roll to the top of the music charts once again! Released on Sony Music's Legacy Recordings worldwide to much acclaim on October 30, 'If I Can Dream" is topping charts around the world -- it has debuted at #1 on the official UK and Australia album charts and #2 in Ireland. The album has also made an impressive impact on the Billboard US music charts, debuting at #1 on Top Classical Crossover, #9 on Top Current Albums and #21 on the Top 200.
This record-breaking achievement places Elvis Presley as the only solo recording artist to have a UK #1 album in each of past five decades, beginning in 1956 with Elvis Presley Rock N' Roll.
Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman -- and executive produced by Priscilla Presley -- If I Can Dream creates a fuller, richer sound behind classic vocals. The collection also highlights Elvis Presley's diverse musical tastes and appreciation for great vocalists spanning a variety of genres and features classic Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, a duet with best-selling Jazz Pop singer Michael Buble, and appearances by Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy.
Executive producer Priscilla Presley said: "This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do and he would have been so pleased to know his fans are still there and they continue to love his music. The most talented team put this album together and helped us all realize an unfulfilled dream."
Here is what critics have been saying:
"'If I Can Dream' pairs one of the most recognizable voices of the past half-century with classical arrangements that don't so much overtake the original versions that fans hold near and dear as sweeten them." – ROLLING STONE
"…the King's music is taking on a new life…" – HUFFINGTON POST
"This fall, the King is getting the royal treatment." – WALL STREET JOURNAL
"…the new album offers an epic twist on 14 of Presley's memorable performances." – PEOPLE
"…it works so well, it's a wonder no one thought of it sooner." – NEWSDAY
"The album is a great representation of how Elvis could match up to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin any day…" – EXAMINER
"Elvis Presley sounds bigger than life on his "new" CD…" – AARP
SOURCE Legacy Recordings