I must say, I’m feeling very festive. On the same day that Harrods opened its Christmas department, I learnt that Sony BMG is planning a Yuletide, er, treat for Elvis Presley fans: an album called Christmas Duets. The record features Presley ‘duetting’ with modern female country stars such as Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes. Priscilla Presley explains in the press release that “the most advanced and sophisticated audio technology available” has been used to create “exciting new versions of his Christmas songs”.
The image that popped immediately into my head was a smug record-label ‘ideas’ man leaning back in his brown-leather recliner and singing a little jingle: “I’m so good at music.”