The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Follow up to I Can Dream comes in box set form

With last year’s If I Can Dream Elvis release – which saw The King’s vocal performances set to lush Orchestral backing – selling upwards of a million copies in the UK alone, it was surely inevitable that Sony would commission a prompt follow-up. That arrives in December with The Wonder Of You, a similar set recorded with an The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road, spanning a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads.

This features Presley classics such as Suspicious Minds,  A Big Hunk O’ Love, Amazing Grace, Kentucky Rain and Always On My Mind.

If I Can Dream sold 1m copies

The Wonder Of You is also available in box set form. This deluxe box edition of the album features a CD with two additional bonus tracks (three are being reported by some, but its seems that Just Pretend is already labelled as a ‘bonus track’ on the standard edition, hence the confusion) and the gatefold double vinyl album (150g pressings). You also get a poster “suitable for framing” (are any posters unsuitable for framing?) and a 12-page booklet. All that lot comes housed in a 12″ x 12″ lift-off lid box.

Not perhaps a special edition to get too excited about, but on the other hand it does appear to be the only way to get those couple of bonus tracks physically, and at £25.99 (at the time of writing) it’s only carries a £1 premium over buying the standard CD and vinyl separately. This price is considerably cheaper than the $150 being asked by the official Elvis shop!

The Wonder Of You is released on 2 December 2016.


Standard version

A Big Hunk O’ Love
I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby
Suspicious Minds
I Just Can’t Help Believin’
Just Pretend
Love Letters
Amazing Grace
Starting Today
Kentucky Rain
Let It Be Me
Always On My Mind
The Wonder Of You
Just Pretend [duet with Helene Fischer]

Deluxe bonus tracks
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
You Gave Me a Mountain

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