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Classic Christmas

A Classic Christmas

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by Wynonna Judd
Having already cut a classic country Christmas album with her mom (Christmas Time with the Judds), Wynonna continues her artistic resurgence with a solo Yuletide album that shows a mature singer at her best. Working with the two mainmen behind the Judds' timeless music (producers/arrangers Don Potter and Brent


Having already cut a classic country Christmas album with her mom (Christmas Time with the Judds), Wynonna continues her artistic resurgence with a solo Yuletide album that shows a mature singer at her best. Working with the two mainmen behind the Judds' timeless music (producers/arrangers Don Potter and Brent Maher), and employing master string arranger Bergen White, Wynonna delivers a stirring, concise (11 tracks) holiday greeting, its first half being a warm, cozy call to luxuriate in seasonal joys such as homecomings ("I'll Be Home for Christmas"), wistful reflections on seasonal totems that make the Yuletide gay ("The Christmas Song"), the allure of nature's distinctive wintertime palette ("Winter Wonderland"), and a requisite touch of melancholy to balance out the emotions ("White Christmas"). The final five songs in the sequence honor the season's sacred side, Wynonna turning stately and reverent on "Ave Maria," "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night." The lush orchestrations and silky backing choruses are reminiscent of the approaches that Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole took on their great Christmas albums of yore, but vocally Wy settles down partly in R&B territory, partly on pop turf, her phrasing and sensuality reminiscent of both Etta James and Rosie Clooney. Sounding completely at home in this mode, she effortlessly reinvigorates the well-worn repertoire by simply letting the songs come to her. There's nothing bombastic or contrived. A lovely, spare country ballad, "It's the Messiah," closes things out, and Wy's voice, set against a delicately fingerpicked acoustic guitar, is a thing of beauty in this pristine setting. In the end, the album title is most apt.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wynonna isn't kidding around by calling her 2006 holiday album A Classic Christmas. This is as old-fashioned as it gets, from its string-saturated arrangements to its selection of songs -- all classic carols and holiday tunes, and evenly divided between the two categories, too, with the popular standards taking over the first half and the more religious tunes on the second. But old-fashioned hardly means bad, particularly when Christmas records are concerned, since familiarity hardly breeds contempt with holiday albums: instead, it breeds comfort. So, the fact that there are no surprises at all on A Classic Christmas is a blessing -- it makes it sound like an old favorite upon the first listen. And almost all of that is down to Wynonna herself, who gives an easy, relaxed, charming performance here, one of her most natural in years. It's warm and friendly, as if she were casually singing around the Christmas tree, and it gives the album a warm, friendly charm as well, helping A Classic Christmas live up to the standard its title promises.

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Performance Credits

Wynonna Judd   Primary Artist
Jack Jezzro   Strings
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt   Harp
Don Potter   Guitar
David Angell   Strings
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Travis Cottrell   Choir, Chorus
David Davidson   Strings
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Huntsinger   Piano
Mark Ivey   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Paul Leim   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano
Craig Nelson   Upright Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Bergen White   Conductor,Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Keith Nicholas   Strings
Marabeth Jordon   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Monisa Angell   Strings
Julie Tanner   Strings
Bruce Christensen   Strings
Cate Myer   Strings
Janet Askey   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Lynn Peithman   Strings
Shane McConnell   Choir, Chorus
Bill Woodworth   English Horn,Oboe
Kira Small   Choir, Chorus
Sarighani Reist   Strings
Julia Emahiser   Strings
Elijah Judd   Background Vocals
Grace Judd   Background Vocals
Jenna Maher   Background Vocals
Joel Reist   Strings
Calvin Smith   Strings,French Horn

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Don Potter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Walter Kent   Composer
Brent Maher   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger
Dick Smith   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Kerry Hansen   Management
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Charles Yingling   Engineer
Linda Carbone   Publicity
Brian Krause   Engineer
Tami Olin   Management
Jennifer Witherell   Management

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A Classic Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RL1221 More than 1 year ago
One December morning in 2006 the TV was on in a different room when I heard someone singing "Ave Maria" in LATIN on one of the morning shows. As I stepped back into the room to see who it was, I caught a glimpse of red hair and immediately thought it was Renee Fleming, the great opera star. At the end of the song the show's host thanked WYNONNA JUDD and said her new cd A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS was currently in stores. In fact, it was sold out everywhere I went so I ordered it from B&N. It is such a special collection of "CLASSIC CHRISTMAS" favorites that you truly have to listen to it to believe me. I can only say that while I knew who Wynonna was I had not bought any of her other cds. Since 2006, I have given dozens of this cd as holiday gifts to eveyone I know! The sheer depth of vocal talent on this collection transends her status as a country music superstar!