My Gift to You

My Gift to You

by Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal


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Holiday records were a staple of the Motown, Atlantic, and Stax release schedules during the golden age of soul music, but in the 1980s few R&B acts picked up the baton. Although it hasn't dated particularly well, My Gift to You nevertheless remains an admirable and energetic attempt to revive the Christmas album concept for a new generation, pairing Alexander O'Neal with the hitmaking production duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to create a lushly romantic set considerably more thoughtful and heartfelt than your average yuletide cash-in. Half of the album's ten songs are Jam/Lewis originals, and even if none of them emerged as contemporary standards, they do a good job of capturing both the secular ("Our First Christmas") and spiritual ("Remember Why It's Christmas") dimensions of the season. O'Neal also delivers shopworn material like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Winter Wonderland" with conviction, saving his most potent performance for the Donny Hathaway classic "This Christmas." There's no getting around the trademark Jam/Lewis production, though. My Gift to You is plainly a product of its era, complete with thick synthesizers and programmed rhythms, and is best enjoyed by listeners still hoping Santa brings them acid-washed jeans and Members Only jackets regardless of the year in question.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/2011
Label: Tabu Records
UPC: 0602527595078
catalogNumber: 001641302
Rank: 55808

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alexander O'Neal   Primary Artist
Sounds of Blackness   Choir, Chorus
Lee Blaskey   Conductor
Robert Edwards   Tenor (Vocal)
Denzil Foster   Keyboards
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Jellybean Johnson   Guitar,Percussion
Valerie Johnson   Soprano
Lisa Keith   Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Thomas McElroy   Keyboards
Randy Ran   Background Vocals
Charles Robinson   Bass (Vocal)
Jennifer Whitlock   Alto
Shirley Marie Graham   Alto
Michael L. Bowens   Tenor (Vocal)
Terrence Frierson   Tenor (Vocal)
Otis Montgomery   Tenor (Vocal)
Renee McCall   Soprano
Alecia Russell   Alto
Dorothy Cates   Soprano
Ira D. Conley   Bass (Vocal)
Carrie M. Harrington   Alto
Wendy Ingram   Soprano
Jayn Bell Porter   Soprano
David B. Young   Bass (Vocal)
Patricia Ann Buckner Lacy   Alto
Dave Agent   Guitar

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Alexander O'Neal   Vocal Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Lee Blaskey   Arranger,Orchestra Production
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Denzil Foster   Producer,drum programming
Steve Hodge   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Executive Producer
Lisa Keith   Vocal Arrangements
Ken Kessie   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Thomas McElroy   Producer,drum programming
Henry Onorati   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Gary Hines   Director,Choir Arrangement
James Harris   Composer
Dale Wehlacz   Art Direction
Clarence Avant   Executive Producer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Susan Owens   Administration
Brad Yost   Engineer
Charles Fotson Davis   Composer
Bruce Allen   Set Construction

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