Reworking the catalogue

Earlier this year, Van Morrison released “Reworking the Catalogue” whereupon Van reworks a number of his lesser known songs and reinterprets them through a duet with a different partner for each tune.  It mostly works because these songs are not untouchable Van standards and can be listened to and appreciated for their fun, looseness and  creative arrangements.  Here’s Michael Buble’ having a go with an uptempo”Real, Real Gone”

Elvis Presley  "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With Royal Phil Orchestra"This week the Elvis Presley estate releases “If I Can Dream” Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Did Elvis ever record with an orchestra?  No.  I’m sure at one point or another Elvis might have wanted to record with an orchestra but these reworkings of Elvis’ songs are probably something his manager Colonel Tom Parker would approve of and Elvis would probably just go along for the ride much like his movies from the 60s.

They turn “Fever” a song smoldering in sexiness and turn it to schmaltz. It’s a thrill for Michael Buble’ but it’s a unneccesary reworking.

The trailer says this is as good as it gets…I don’t agree

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