This Christmas

This Christmas

by Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin


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The obvious title here would have been Wreatha Now, but Aretha opted to follow in the footsteps of at least 20 other artists by going with This Christmas as the title of her first Christmas album. Apart from the Donny Hathaway/Nadine McKinnor-written title track, a duet with her son Edward that is both sweet and playful (at one point, Aretha interjects, "Eddie, you mustn't upstage mom with those high notes"), the disc is filled mostly with the spiritual and relatively serious side of holiday material. The likes of "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" are given the kind of treatment only Aretha could grant, though it should be noted that there are moments where you might feel stuck inside the Aretha Melismatorium. It's not all reverence and reflection: best of all is a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" that can only be termed "personalized."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0643027817123
catalogNumber: 516593

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Bill Meyers   Conductor
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Hidle Brown Barnum   Conductor
Bridgette Bryant   Choir, Chorus
Alvin Chea   Choir, Chorus
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lynne Fiddmont   Choir, Chorus
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Wendy Fraser   Choir, Chorus
Richard Gibbs   Piano
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Clydene Jackson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Arthur Marbury   Drums
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Onita Sanders   Harp
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Conductor,Choir, Chorus,Choir Conductor
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
Terry Wood   Choir, Chorus
Susie Stevens Logan   Choir, Chorus
Dorian Holly   Choir, Chorus
James "Big Jim" Wright   Keyboards
Darryl Houston   Organ
Gerald White   Choir, Chorus
Timothy Heintz   Keyboards
Teddy Richards White   Guitar
Shellyn Ponder   Background Vocals
Onita Sanders   Harp
Matt Dahlgren   Guitar
Darryl Houston   Organ
Arthur Marbury   Drums
Charles Craig   Bass Guitar
Fire Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Tim Heintz   Arranger
Bill Meyers   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Engelbert Humperdinck   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Clement Clarke Moore   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Alvin Chea   Librettist
Tena Clark   Producer,Audio Production
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Michael J. Powell   Engineer
Fonzi Thornton   Arranger
Carmen Twillie   Arranger,Choir Arrangement
Terry Wood   Choir Contractor
Charles Wesley   Composer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Steve Genewick   Programming
James "Big Jim" Wright   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Chadwick   Composer
Edward Franklin   Composer
Timothy Heintz   Arranger
Jeannie Tenney   Composer

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