“Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1957Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

The 4th Elvis album was issued in October 1957 and gave him his 4th consecutive Billboard chart topper. Leiber and Stoller provided “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and Elvis chose to select it as the album opener. Alas, the great start is not maintained – groan – if only he had commissioned them for a full on bluesy Xmas. “White Christmas” follows as Elvis falls somewhere halfway between Bing Crosby and Clyde McPhatter’s Drifters version, ultimately pleasing neither camp. Songwriter Irving Berlin called for this entire album to be banned from radio airplay, labelling Elvis’ version a “profane parody of a cherished yuletide standard”. What a silly old fool. A version of Doye O’Dell’s “Blue Christmas” toughens up an otherwise drippy side 1. Best on a disappointing Side 2 is “Silent Night” arranged by Elvis himself. The final 4 tracks are gospel songs which had been previously released on the EP “Peace in the Valley” back in March. Not great, but well worth some cherry picking.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:22] 7.5.png Elvis Presley - Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:23] 5.0.png Elvis Presley - White Christmas (Irving Berlin) Pop Ballad
A3 [01:54] 4.1.png Elvis Presley - Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman) Pop
A4 [01:53] 3.7.png Elvis Presley - I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent) Pop Ballad
A5 [02:07] 6.9.png Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas (Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A6 [01:54] 5.1.png Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) (Aaron Schroeder, Claude DeMetruis) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B1 [02:35] 4.2.png Elvis Presley - O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:23] 5.7.png Elvis Presley - Silent Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Freeman Young) Pop Ballad
B3 [03:22] 5.3.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) [album version ’57] (Thomas A. Dorsey) Pop Ballad
B4 [02:05] 4.1.png Elvis Presley - I Believe [album version ’57] (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman) Pop Ballad
B5 [03:16] 5.4.png Elvis Presley - Take My Hand, Precious Lord [album version ’57] (Thomas A. Dorsey) Pop Ballad
B6 [03:53] 3.9.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) [album version ’57] (Stuart Hamblen) Pop Ballad

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