A Christmas Gift of Love

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barry Manilow's second seasonal collection, following 1990's Because It's Christmas, was released on Columbia Records, but that label berth appears to be a one-off for the singer, who followed his long tenure at Arista by signing to the jazz independent Concord for his last album, 2001's Here at the Mayflower. Maybe Columbia offered a bigger budget, since Manilow is awash in strings on a set of holiday standards. Those strings are arranged festively, and Manilow is in an appropriately festive mood, really throwing himself into the proceedings; it's his enthusiasm that makes this Christmas album a winner. There are songs actually written as Christmas carols, such as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barry Manilow's second seasonal collection, following 1990's Because It's Christmas, was released on Columbia Records, but that label berth appears to be a one-off for the singer, who followed his long tenure at Arista by signing to the jazz independent Concord for his last album, 2001's Here at the Mayflower. Maybe Columbia offered a bigger budget, since Manilow is awash in strings on a set of holiday standards. Those strings are arranged festively, and Manilow is in an appropriately festive mood, really throwing himself into the proceedings; it's his enthusiasm that makes this Christmas album a winner. There are songs actually written as Christmas carols, such as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," but Manilow also expands the usual repertoire to take in a number of tunes that have become associated with the holiday season over the years, even if they were not intended to be originally, notably Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" and Joni Mitchell's melancholy "River" from her Blue album, which is certainly set at Christmas time even if it doesn't share the usual holiday sentiments. Inevitably, Manilow ends with his own new Christmas original, "A Gift of Love," which is a good song even if it isn't likely to join the ranks of the perennial copyrights. This is an enjoyable Christmas album in a traditional pop style likely to please both Manilow fans and others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886979341821
  • Catalog Number: 793418
  • Sales rank: 145,412

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist
Patrick Williams Conductor
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Robbie Buchanan Conductor, Keyboards
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Ray Ellis Conductor
Michael Lang Piano
Dean Parks Guitar
John Pisano Guitar
Mike Thompson Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Ken Berry Guitar
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept
Joni Mitchell Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
Robert Allen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Garry Kief Executive Producer, Management
Jay Landers Executive Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Al Stillman Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Bruce Sussman Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Hooshik Art Direction
Scott Erickson Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
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