20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

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by Vanessa Williams
     
 

This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1996 collection Star Bright. With the help of some talented friends, charming pop vocalist Vanessa Williams blends in the beauty of jazz, gospel, and soul music to create a portrait of Christmas songs. TheSee more details below

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This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1996 collection Star Bright. With the help of some talented friends, charming pop vocalist Vanessa Williams blends in the beauty of jazz, gospel, and soul music to create a portrait of Christmas songs. The record is genuinely filled with a glistening appeal, and the songs it contains encompass a rich tapestry of the best and brightest seasonal music. The setting changes via each song, some tunes filled with Williams' rich voice backed by an assertive, charismatic gospel choir. The collection is filled with such traditionals as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "What Child Is This?" A brilliant rendition of Rob Mathes' "Star Bright" is featured, and "Angels We Have Heard on High" draws the listener to the feeling of a wintry landscape of hope and joy during this festive season. Perhaps the most romantic tune featured in this collection is Williams' duet with Bobby Caldwell, a flavorful jazz singer in his own right. These arrangements make good soup for the casual holiday music listener and should be favorites for a long time to come in the holiday section at one's local retail music store. Other uplifting, praiseworthy tunes such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Gracious Good Shepherd" deserve a listen. The final track, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," is the most reflective piece and should spark one to ponder on holidays and years past, and reminisce on precious times with family or without.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602498603185
catalogNumber:
000062202

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sandra Crouch   Guest Appearance
Bobby Caldwell   Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Tom Stacy   English Horn
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Julien Barber   Viola
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
John Beal   Bass
Shelton Becton   Background Vocals
Duane Broadnax   Drums
Ed Calle   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
David Finck   Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Conductor
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Will Lee   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
Rob Mathes   Organ,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Jan Mullen   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Paul Peabody   Violin
Shawn Pelton   Drums
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Mark Orrin Shuman   Celli
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Marti Sweet   Violin
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Donna Tecco   Violin
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Ellen Westerman   Celli
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Maxine Roach   Violin
Sarah Adams   Viola
Rick Dolan   Violin
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Melanie Hervey   Vocals,Soloist
Curtis McKonly   Conductor,Keyboards
Timothy Cobb   Bass
Carol Webb Sortomme   Violin
Claremont School Singers   Vocals
Mike Davis   Trombone

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Vanessa Williams   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Choir Arrangement
Alan Bergman   Composer
Bruce Carbone   Executive Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Walter Kent   Composer
Robbie Kondor   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Fred McFarlane   Arranger
Henry Onorati   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Jeff Kievit   Producer
Curtis McKonly   Arranger,Programming
William Sandys   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Mathes   Composer
Gary Chester   Engineer

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