20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Oak Ridge Boys

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series Best of Oak Ridge Boys: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1986 collection Christmas Again. As that original title indicates, the album was the Oak Ridge Boys' second seasonal disc, following 1982's Christmas. It's hard to understand why the earlier album, which was far more popular than this one, wasn't reissued instead, or why the best songs of the two weren't combined on what is supposedly a best-of compilation. Unfortunately, on neither disc did the Oak Ridge Boys show much interest in performing Christmas standards, opting instead for newly written ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series Best of Oak Ridge Boys: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1986 collection Christmas Again. As that original title indicates, the album was the Oak Ridge Boys' second seasonal disc, following 1982's Christmas. It's hard to understand why the earlier album, which was far more popular than this one, wasn't reissued instead, or why the best songs of the two weren't combined on what is supposedly a best-of compilation. Unfortunately, on neither disc did the Oak Ridge Boys show much interest in performing Christmas standards, opting instead for newly written material. There were a few evergreens on Christmas, but the ten songs on Christmas Again are all new ones or were in 1986 anyway. The quartet bows slightly to tradition by introducing each of the first five with an a cappella chorus of a holiday favorite so that, for example, group member Joe Bonsall's composition "First Christmas Day" is prefaced by a bit of "The First Noel." But that only serves to emphasize the superiority of the old songs over these originals. The first half of the disc is given over to religiously oriented efforts, the second half to increasingly secular ones, such as the comic "Santa Bring Your Elves." Seventeen years on, none of the songs have made much of a mark except the unfortunately titled "There's a New Kid in Town" not the Eagles' song, co-written by Curly Putnam, Don Cook, and Keith Whitley, which is occasionally heard. Christmas Again wasn't the best of holiday releases or even the best of the Oak Ridge Boys in 1986; it hasn't gotten better under a new name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008817037820
  • Catalog Number: 000036402

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Oak Ridge Boys Primary Artist
Ace Cannon Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Barry Green Trombone, Group Member
Jim Horn Saxophone, Group Member
Mike Leech Bass, Group Member
Farrell Morris Percussion, Group Member
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Keyboards, Group Member
Eberhard Ramm French Horn, Group Member
Cindy Reynolds Harp, Group Member
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Dale Sellers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Don Sheffield Trumpet, Group Member
Denis Solee Saxophone, Group Member
James Stroud Drums, Group Member
George Tidwell Flugelhorn, Group Member
David Briggs Piano, Keyboards, Vacuum Cleaner, Group Member
Technical Credits
Keith Whitley Composer
Steve Bogard Composer
Joe Bonsall Composer
Dennis Burnside Composer
Andy Byrd Composer
Ron Chancey Producer
Don Cook Composer
Bob Corbin Composer
Rick Giles Composer
Rusty Golden Composer
Curly Putman Composer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Ron Treat Engineer
Bergen White Arranger
Simon Levy Executive Art Direction
Vartan Art Direction
Michael Foster Composer
Jimbeau Hinson Composer
Kathy Harris Art Direction
Adam Abrams Reissue Production Coordination
Linda Kirkpatrick Art Direction
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