The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the follow up to last year’s huge global phenomenon If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which topped charts worldwide and sold 1.5 million copies. The Wonder Of You focuses on Elvis’ unmistakable voice with lush new orchestral accompaniment.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads, featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises.
Standout tracks include a sultry new version of the "A Big Hunk O' Love," the glorious "Amazing Grace," the heartfelt emotion on "Kentucky Rain," a stunning new take on the classic "Always On My Mind," and the fun, upbeat "I've Got A Thing About You Baby."
The immortal, omnipotent and portent voice of the man forever chiseled into the lodestone of rock and roll history. A presence and voice that melted hearts, caused TV producers to have heart attacks with those very "naughty and lewd" gyrating hip movements never seen before and who inspired a flotilla of male (and female) imitators. A euphonimous voice that transcends time, immerses us all in the wonder of love, passion and life and reminds the world why he is called "The King". We happily salute the man and revel in all that he was and continues to be to us fans, an album summed up by those that knew him, loved him and worked with him:
"Elvis always loved the great, operatic vocalists," says Priscilla Presley, executive producer of The Wonder of You "We often talked about his interest in recording material that allowed him to perform in that space. It's exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I'm very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans."
"As with the first time we stepped into this amazing world - it is the extraordinary intimacy of Elvis's vocal performances that is truly breathtaking," says Nick Patrick. "The exquisite and effortless way he takes us on an emotional journey with him through delicate sensitivity to power and grace all within a magical 3-minute song. It's a wonderful, wonderful privilege for which we are truly grateful."
"I believe we have made an album that is uplifting, sensitive, heart touching and fun – the way that Elvis was and still is to so many of us," says Don Reedman. "His spirit has never left the building!"