20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Ringo Starr

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Ringo Starr

by Ringo Starr


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The Beatles never quite made a commercially released Christmas album, though they put together special singles for their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969, then compiled them as The Beatles Christmas Album, also just for the fan club, in 1970. These recordings were more spoken-word than musical, though there was a song, "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," heard in excerpts on the 1967 record. It has been left to Ringo Starr to release the first full-length Christmas album from a Beatle, and I Wanna Be a Santa Claus is very much in the group's spirit. Since he returned to recording in 1992, Starr has made a point of making music reminiscent of the Beatles, hooking up in 1998 with a group led by Mark Hudson dubbed the Roundheads. Hudson is everywhere on I Wanna Be a Santa Claus, co-writing the half-dozen originals with Starr and others, co-producing with Starr, and handling a variety of instruments. He and keyboard player/arranger Jim Cox clearly are steeped in the Beatles, and they have effectively recreated a Beatles sound on the record, in some cases aping specific songs. The Roundheads are also good at showcasing Starr's drumming, which is always high in the mix. If none of the new songs are likely to become classics, they are respectable efforts that Starr handles well. On the standards, Starr is his usual good-natured self, and the standout track is the cover of "Christmas Time Is Here Again." There are precious few lyrics besides the title, but it deserves to be added to the ranks of Christmas standards. So, Ringo Starr is well-served by his supporting musicians on I Wanna Be Santa Claus, and his typically cheery manner is so well-suited to the holiday spirit that it's only a shame he waited so long to make his seasonal recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498603734
catalogNumber: 000070302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Pipe,Mellotron
Joe Perry   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Gary Burr   Background Vocals
Willie Cochrane   Bagpipes
Jim Cox   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Steve Dudas   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Scott Gordon   Synthesizer,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards
Dan Higgins   Recorder,Saxophone
Bill Hudson   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Brett Hudson   Background Vocals
Mark Hudson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Recorder,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Evelyn Lee-Jones   Bass
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dick Monda   Background Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Pat Zicari   Saxophone
Kuljit Bhamra   Tabla
Steffan Fantini   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Murphy   Bagpipes
Christina Rasch   Percussion,Background Vocals
Xmas Files Singers   Background Vocals
Tess Whiteheart   Background Vocals
Marc Fantini   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Teisha Helgerson   Background Vocals
Large Elf Choir   Background Vocals
Kiley Oliver   Background Vocals
Those Darn Scotsmen   Bagpipes
John Titta   Background Vocals
Sarah Hudson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Chris Clark   Engineer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Ringo Starr   Composer,Producer,Artwork
Harry Simeone   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Paul Caruso   Engineer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
Jim Cox   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Steve Dudas   Composer
Scott Gordon   Composer,Engineer
Mark Hudson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork,Horn Arrangements
Johnny Marks   Composer
Dick Monda   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Barbara Starkey   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Andy Wright   Engineer
Eric Greedy   Engineer
Alex Scannell   Engineer
Dave Reed   Engineer
Jesse Gorman   Engineer
Jay Johnson   Composer
Ondine Bue   Artwork
Oliver Hug   Engineer
Sonia Ives   Artwork
Allyson Spellacy   Artwork
Stephen Alexander Sullivan   Engineer
Dean Grakal   Composer
Alex Gibson   Engineer
Henry Onerati   Composer
Steve Antonakos   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Ringo Starr 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Ringo Starr fan then this needs to be added to your collection. It is a mix of his versions of Christmas songs that you won't normally here on the radio. These songs are fun to listen to and they are not the same old Christmas stuff that you always here. The production is great, so you will be getting a high quality sounding CD that the whole family can enjoy listening to.