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It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:08 am

One of my favorite Elvis Christmas’ songs. There’s everything I like about the Elvis singing style: vibrato, gusto and emotion.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:21 pm

I love it,....too...thanks for bringing it up.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:57 am

Sorry. This track bores me almost as much as it seems it bored Elvis.

It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:38 am

fn2drive wrote:Sorry. This track bores me almost as much as it seems it bored Elvis.
no need to be sorry Thanks for sharing your opinion on this track!




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Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:34 pm

Good album cut.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:42 pm

Always loved it and the way elvis sings it

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:07 pm

Brings back good memories for me.

The 1979 UK single reached #13.

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Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:33 pm

Somehow, it sounds forced. It is a song in the Elvis style - and has the Elvis vocal mannerisms - but it doesn't sound natural. Elvis is not relaxed and fails to convince in trying to sound like himself. The overall sound is not great, either.

I like the W. W. of Christmas album and this track adds variety; but, for me, it's just not as good as it should have been !

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:00 pm

A lesser track on the 1971 LP. Elvis does not sing this well IMO. Too much vibrato and forced gusto and emotion, all continuing elements of his 70's voice, but at least it falls short of bombast. The natural singer beautiful singer of the 50's and 60's was gone, the forced unnatural one it seems was now present on every album.
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Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:12 pm

While I do enjoy IWSLCWY... my favorite Christmas track from that '71 recording session is definitely this one...



It's just too damn short...

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:01 am

I have to say that I'm really not fond of It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You), either. Sorry, Fabbe. And I feel very much the opposite to you with regards to this one. Although I don't think Elvis sounds bored. Perhaps not wholly engaged, but he was trying to do something with the song that just didn't work. In some ways, I actually think he sounds a bit lost. Not in a bewildered way, but in having a song that he should have been able to make so much more of, but wasn't able.

This said, I don't think that It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) offers much lyrically. Not to me, at least. Although Elvis done absolutely nothing with much better songs at this time, so he was definitely far from his best here. But there's some dramatic possibilities in this song and I think that's what he was trying to grasp on to. There's even a hint of his gospel sensibilities here. Although this is, essentially, a country song. But it's far from being a favourite of mine.

In a similar respect, Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas is one of my least favourite Elvis albums. This and Raised on Rock. There's only three songs on the album that do anything for me, those being O Come All Ye Faithful, thanks largely to the arrangement, Merry Christmas Baby and I'll Be Home on Christmas Day.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:20 pm

I like this song. Not a favourite, but nice to listen to.

Here's Sheet Music:

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Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:11 pm

Not a bad song; just another Country tune.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:53 pm

I have to say, I've always disliked this one. He sounds, in places, like a pub singer trying to sound like Elvis.

Ahbutitwontahhh, seema like-ah christmas, ohhhhhwithoutyouoooo.....

Just doesn't do it for me, i'm afraid.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:25 pm

DarrylMac on Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:53 pm wrote:I have to say, I've always disliked this one. He sounds, in places, like a pub singer trying to sound like Elvis.

Ahbutitwontahhh, seema like-ah christmas, ohhhhhwithoutyouoooo.....

Just doesn't do it for me, i'm afraid.
Exactly, hahaaa!

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:56 pm

elvis-fan on Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:12 pm wrote:While I do enjoy IWSLCWY... my favorite Christmas track from that '71 recording session is definitely this one...



It's just too damn short...


Mine, too .thank you for posting...great song...love it.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:52 pm

Nice song, but I'm not too keen on Elvis' voice on this track. Like DarrylMac said, Elvis sounds like an impersonator. It's like he's doing a parodic imitation of himself.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:07 am

Fabbe on Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:08 am wrote:One of my favorite Elvis Christmas’ songs. There’s everything I like about the Elvis singing style: vibrato, gusto and emotion.



It’s easily one of my favourite Elvis Christmas songs, especially from that album. It’s one of the better vocal deliveries from said album. Elvis was in poor voice that year due to his ill health. He was sick a lot that year. Didn’t he have his tonsils removed, or something?

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:27 am

r&b on Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:00 pm wrote:A lesser track on the 1971 LP. Elvis does not sing this well IMO. Too much vibrato and forced gusto and emotion, all continuing elements of his 70's voice, but at least it falls short of bombast. The natural singer beautiful singer of the 50's and 60's was gone, the forced unnatural one it seems was now present on every album.


There were still beauties in te seventies, where he doesn’t oversimg. I agree with the opinion that Elvis’ abilities were having a difficult time in the seventies, but it is reachting too far to slam all his recorded masters becaUse of his approach in the seventies, imho.

Re: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:11 am

Steve Morse on Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:33 pm wrote:Somehow, it sounds forced. It is a song in the Elvis style - and has the Elvis vocal mannerisms - but it doesn't sound natural. Elvis is not relaxed and fails to convince in trying to sound like himself. The overall sound is not great, either.

I like the W. W. of Christmas album and this track adds variety; but, for me, it's just not as good as it should have been !


Sadly, I have to agree. (not sadly because I agree with you, but because of the facts).
Good post.