12 Songs of Christmas

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a little surprising to realize that after decades of recording, Etta James finally released her first holiday album, 12 Songs of Christmas, at the late date of 1998. Thankfully, she decided to make the record something of a special occasion. Working with arrangers Etta and Cedar Walton, producer John Snyder and a terrific lineup of musicians -- including Red Holloway, John Clayton, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Josh Sklair and her son, Sametto -- James has created a terrific Christmas record, one that is firmly in her style yet contains surprises. First of all, she sings "O Holy Night" in both English and French. She also reworks "Silent Night" into a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a little surprising to realize that after decades of recording, Etta James finally released her first holiday album, 12 Songs of Christmas, at the late date of 1998. Thankfully, she decided to make the record something of a special occasion. Working with arrangers Etta and Cedar Walton, producer John Snyder and a terrific lineup of musicians -- including Red Holloway, John Clayton, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Josh Sklair and her son, Sametto -- James has created a terrific Christmas record, one that is firmly in her style yet contains surprises. First of all, she sings "O Holy Night" in both English and French. She also reworks "Silent Night" into a plaintive, bluesy plea. Each song on the album doesn't sound like a traditional carol, even if they're very familiar -- it all sounds like James, and it all sounds good. James fans may not feel like they need a Christmas album from her, but after hearing 12 Songs of Christmas, they'll be quite pleased indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2005
  • Label: Bmg Special Product
  • UPC: 755174073021
  • Catalog Number: 140730
  • Sales rank: 88,481

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Higgins Drums
Red Holloway Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton Piano
Josh Sklair Guitar
George Bohannon Trombone
John Clayton Bass
Ronnie Buttacavoli Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sametto James Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Etta James Arranger
Adolphe Adam Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Cedar Walton Arranger
Josh Sklair Arranger
Franz Gruber Composer
Sonny Mediana Art Direction
Jay Newland Engineer
John Snyder Producer
Isaac Watts Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Lowell Mason Composer
Lupe DeLeon Executive Producer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Traditional Composer
Michael O. Drexler Engineer, Digital Editing
Johnny Moore Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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