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Elvis Presley's 'An American Trilogy' Takes On New Life In Dramatic, Remastered Recording

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Elvis Presley always wished that he could perform with an orchestra. Although the King is no longer with us, his dream is finally coming true on his upcoming posthumous album If I Can Dream

The album features remastered tracks of Elvis's original vocals along with new instrumentals conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

One of the songs featured on the album, which will be released October 30, is the Elvis classic "An American Trilogy."

"An American Trilogy" was written and first released by country singer Mickey Newbury in 1971. But it was Elvis who made the song popular, releasing his version in 1972.

Elvis's ex-wife Priscilla Presley recently talked to Rolling Stone about how she was the one to introduce "An American Trilogy" to him:

"I heard Mickey Newbury singing it, and I went 'Oh, my God' and made a U-turn and went back to the house. No one usually ever brought songs to him...So I said, 'There's a song I think you really should listen to,' And he said, 'Well, put it on.' So I did, and he just sat there at the desk. He put his head down and kind of nodded to it. He closed his eyes and said, 'Damn, damn good song.'"

The newly remastered version of "An American Trilogy" on If I Can Dream opens with the captivating strum of a guitar. It turns out that guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform this new version of "An American Trilogy."

Priscilla said that this new album is everything that Elvis had always wanted:

"The label would have never allowed him to have an orchestra. And if it was up to [manager] Colonel Parker, he would have had Elvis just singing—no background, no nothing. I think we have given him the freedom here to experiment with all the orchestras he would have loved in the pieces."

Listen to the beautifully remastered recording of Elvis singing "An American Trilogy," along with Duane Eddy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra below.


Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old things they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland
Oh I wish I was in Dixie, away, away
In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie
Cause Dixieland, that's where I was born
Early Lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on

So hush little baby
Don't you cry
You know your daddy's bound to die
But all my trials, Lord will soon be over

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