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Christmas Gift of Love
     

A Christmas Gift of Love

by Barry Manilow
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886979341821
catalogNumber:
793418
Rank:
12648

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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   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Garry Kief   Executive Producer,Management
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Stillman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Hooshik   Art Direction
Scott Erickson   Engineer

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