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Elvis set for album chart return

Elvis Presley and LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes will sing Here Comes Santa Claus with Elvis Presley

The King of Rock 'n' Roll is bringing out a new album later this year - despite being dead for over 30 years.

New technology will be used to produce Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, featuring country stars LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood, among others.

The late singer's ex-wife Priscilla said: "I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them."

Presley's 1957 Elvis Christmas album became the top-selling holiday release of all time in the US.

The new album will also feature Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, Amy Grant and Anne Murray.

Gospel quartet, The Jordanaires, who used to work with Presley have been brought back to re-record their parts.

"It's amazing what they can do," the group's Gordon Stoker said, "Elvis sounds great. The recordings sound as if they were done yesterday."

Tracks on the album include Blue Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, Merry Christmas Baby, White Christmas and I'll Be Home for Christmas.

Sony BMG is releasing the disc in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Their President, John Ingrassia, said: "This is an excellent example of the innovative ways in which we keep Elvis' catalogue fresh for new and existing fans."

Jean Donovan, from New Hampshire, who writes a Presley newsletter for fans, said she would not judge the songs without hearing them first.

But she added: "I don't really like fooling around with things like that. All the Elvis recordings are so good. It kind of bothers me."

Elvis Presley Christmas Duets is due out 14 October.




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