A new compilation, If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (out this fall), 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.
The record’s first single, exclusively streaming at Rolling Stone, is “If I Can Dream,” the plea for a better world that Presley sang as the closing number of his legendary ’68 Comeback Special.
…”This is the album I think he always would have wanted to do,” Priscilla Presley, the singer’s former wife, caretaker of Presley’s estate and an executive producer on If I Can Dream, tells Rolling Stone. …”His voice is crystal clear. I mean it’s so today and current that you would never know it was from the Sixties and Seventies. He was a risk taker, and this is a risk he would have taken. I feel it’s the right thing to keep his legacy alive and current.”