Very Special Christmas, Vols. 1-2

Very Special Christmas, Vols. 1-2

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Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, these first two installations in the long-running Very Special Christmas series have some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may lead you toward the dancefloor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby." The second volume contains some great songs, most notably Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Christmas All Over Again" -- this is jingle-jangle pop at its best. Boyz II Men wrap their a cappella voices around "The Birth of Christ," and the two Wall of Sound standouts, Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector, bring their powerful voices together for the first time on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Bonnie Raitt duets with Charles Brown on his sexy "Merry Christmas Baby," while Aretha Franklin shows why she's called the Queen of Soul on "O Christmas Tree."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602527504100
catalogNumber: 001482900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Brown   Piano
Jon Bon Jovi   Acoustic Guitar
Nils Lofgren   Guitar
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Background Vocals,Timpani
Robbie Nevil   Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Omar Hakim   Drums
Marty Krystall   Saxophone
Greg Mathieson   Synthesizer
Lisa Germano   Fiddle
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Don Felder   Guitar
Gene Page   Conductor
Ronnie Spector   Vocals
Mike Campbell   Bass,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Rick Vito   Guitar
Darlene Love   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Annie Lennox   Keyboards
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Edna Wright   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Pat Badger   Bass,Background Vocals
Glen Ballard   Keyboards
Benmont Tench   Piano,Keyboards
Tal Bergman   Drums
Nuno Bettencourt   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Roy Bittan   Piano
Johnny Blitz   Keyboards
Robbie Blunt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Don Brewer   Drums
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Danny Caron   Guitar
John Cascella   Accordion
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Sharon Celani   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gary Cherone   Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Jervonny Collier   Bass
Jody Cortez   Drums
Jim Cox   Piano
Larry Crane   Guitar
Bryce Cranston   Synthesizer
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Blair Cunningham   Drums
Mickey Curry   Drums
Ricoh Cymone   Choir, Chorus
Donna Davidson   Background Vocals
Ruth Davies   Bass
Lynn Davis   Choir, Chorus
Richard Dodd   Background Vocals
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Kevin Dukes   Acoustic Guitar
Ami Egelson   Bass
David Ervin   Keyboards
Richard Feldman   Keyboards
David Finck   Bass
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Harpsichord
Craig Frost   Piano
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Paul Geary   Drums,Background Vocals
John Gilutin   Keyboards
Bob Glaub   Bass
Sol Gubin   Drums
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Doc Powell   Guitar
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Scott Humphrey   Synthesizer
David Joyce   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Synthesizer
Phil Kenzie   Horn,Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Randy Kurber   Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Michael Lang   Piano
Terry Lauber   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Lebolt   Synthesizer
Tod Lemkuhl   Basso Profundo
Steve Lindsey   Organ
Alex Lodico   Trombone
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Stan Lynch   Drums
Lynn Mabry   Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
JayDee Mannes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Marty Paich   Conductor
Michael McCary   Vocals
Fred McFarlane   Piano
David McMurray   Saxophone
Toby Myers   Bass
Donald Ray Mitchell   Background Vocals
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Nathan Morris   Vocals
Scott Olson   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Pack   Choir, Chorus
Chris Parker   Drums
Melodye Perry   Background Vocals
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Charlton Pettus   Acoustic Guitar
Chynna Phillips   Vocals
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Alto Reed   Saxophone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Jimmy Ripp   Acoustic Guitar
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Dennis Rudimer   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Ruse   Bass
Rodney Saulsberry   Choir, Chorus
Keith Scott   Guitar,Background Vocals
Clifford Solomon   Saxophone
Shawn Stockman   Vocals
Susie Tallman   Background Vocals
Dave Taylor   Bass
Richard Tee   Piano
Scott Thurston   Bass,6-string bass
John Townsend   Background Vocals
Mike Turre   Saxophone
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Mike Wanchic   Guitar
Ann Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carnie Wilson   Vocals
Wendy Wilson   Vocals
Rupert Black   Keyboards
Gayle Levant   Harp
Chris Mostert   Horn
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Jason Mizell   Drums
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
Leland Sklar   Bass
Nancy Wilson   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Beverly Dahlke-Smith   Horn
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Jordan   Drums
Ms. Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Steve Allen   Upright Bass
Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax   Drums
Susie Stevens   Background Vocals
Steven Schaeffer   Drums
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Chris Campbell   Bass
Efrian Torro   Marimbas
Charlie Mangold   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Susan Raney   Bass
Toddy Sharpe   Acoustic Guitar
Phil Jones   Percussion
Chris Leighton   Drums
Neil Stubenhouse   Bass
Nanya Germaine Morris   Vocals
Buster Marbury   Drums
Tony Partler   Keyboards
Joel Pesken   Saxophone
John Van Tongerin   Keyboards
David Freeman   Guitar
Greggory Smith   Horn
Crystal Taleifero   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Adolphe Adam   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Herb Alpert   Executive Producer
Michael Bolton   Producer
Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Tracy Chapman   Arranger
Bob Dylan   Composer
Eurythmics   Producer
Aretha Franklin   Arranger
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Sting   Arranger,Producer
Vanessa Williams   Producer
Omar Hakim   Producer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
David Foster   Producer
Gene Page   Choir Arrangement
Mike Campbell   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Jeff Gold   Art Direction
Glen Ballard   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Nuno Bettencourt   Composer,Producer
Roy Bittan   Producer
James Boothe   Composer
Ed Brooks   Engineer
Paul Brown   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Francis Buckley   Engineer
Norman Bullock   Engineer
Alphonsus Cassell   Composer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Gary Cherone   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Paul DeCarli   Programming
Richard Dodd   Engineer
Richard Feldman   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
John Fryer   Engineer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Don Gehman   Producer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Danny Grigsby   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Vocal Producer,Choir Arrangement
Troy Hightower   Engineer
Scott Humphrey   Programming
Jimmy Iovine   Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Jackson   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Jam Master Jay   Producer,Instrumentation
Charles Judge   String Arrangements
Phil Kaffel   Producer,Engineer
Doug Katsaros   Orchestration
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Bruce Lampcov   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
Tod Lemkuhl   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Mark Mancini   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Marks   Composer
Paul Marshall   Producer,Legal Counsel
Marty Paich   Arranger,Producer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Fred McFarlane   Arranger
Mark McKenna   Engineer
John Mellencamp   Producer
Nathan Morris   Composer,Producer
Jerry Moss   Executive Producer,Inspiration
Alison Moyet   Arranger,Producer
Dan Nash   Engineer
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor   Producer
Scott Olson   Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Peter Oxendale   Arranger,Producer
David Paich   Producer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Gene Redd   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Producer,Engineer
Bob Rock   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Run-D.M.C.   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Bob Seger   Producer
Don Smith   Engineer
Bob St. John   Engineer
Dave Stewart   drum programming
Shawn Stockman   Composer,Producer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger,Orchestra Director
Gary Tole   Engineer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Don Was   Producer
David Willcocks   Arranger
Ann Wilson   Producer
Carnie Wilson   Vocal Producer
Robert Wilson   Composer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Jason Mizell   Composer
Joe Escalante   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Nancy Wilson   Producer
JoAnn Tominaga   Vocal Producer,Choir Arrangement
Jai Winding   Producer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Vicki Iovine   Executive Producer
Jeff Magid   Producer
Bobby Shriver   Executive Producer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver   Liner Notes
Smudger   Engineer
Andy Stoller   Arranger
Lou Baxter   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Marvin Brodie   Composer
Thomas Connor   Composer
Keith Haring   Artwork,Cover Art
Gerry Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
John Jessel   Engineer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Larry Smith   Producer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Pete Smith   Producer,Engineer
Gary Chester   Engineer
Sabine Baring-Gould   Composer
John Sullivan   Composer
J.E. Van Horne   Engineer
Jay W. Johnson   Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
T. Connor   Composer
Mark DeSisto   Engineer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer
James F. Dean   Packaging
Tommie Connor   Composer
Billy Hayes   Composer
Randall Freeman   Marketing
Diana Baron   Public Relations
Sheldon Platt   Legal Counsel
Robert Sargent Shriver   Executive Producer
Page Kelley   Legal Counsel
Jim Willis   Producer
Richard Warren   Arranger
Steve Ett   Producer,Engineer
George Gorde   Composer
Howard Wattenberg   Legal Counsel
Jesse Levi   String Arrangements
Mike Accapelli   Vocal Engineer
Cassie Roessel   Legal Counsel

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