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Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines
     

A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines

by Diamond Rio
 
A group doesn't sell more than 10 million albums and notch nine chart-topping singles without having something going for it. In Diamond Rio's case, that's good songs and impeccably executed contemporary-country harmony singing. Both qualities are abundant on the sextet's first Christmas album, built on the newly penned title song, a message about enduring faith built

Overview

A group doesn't sell more than 10 million albums and notch nine chart-topping singles without having something going for it. In Diamond Rio's case, that's good songs and impeccably executed contemporary-country harmony singing. Both qualities are abundant on the sextet's first Christmas album, built on the newly penned title song, a message about enduring faith built on a swirl of strings and a forceful, rhythmic attack, all in service to those alluring vocal harmonies. The other 11 tracks are traditional seasonal fare, but some surprises surface along the way to infuse the timeless sentiments with new energy. "Winter Wonderland" is a juiced-up country strut here; "Sleigh Ride" frolics along behind speed-picked banjo-guitar-mandolin work and ebullient harmonies; and the fellows perform not one but two tracks from Vince Guaraldi's wonderful score for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" -- "Christmas Time Is Here" at once summons the bonhomie of the season and expresses a poignant hope that the Christmas spirit could last through the year, in an arrangement that remains largely true to Guaraldi's easy, shuffling style with brush drums and Dan Truman rolling off some signature Guaraldi-style piano arpeggios; the album closes with Guaraldi's lively instrumental, "Christmas Is Coming" (fans of the TV special may recall Schroeder playing it on piano during rehearsal for the Christmas play), complete with a Latin jazz feel but adding a bluegrass touch via mandolin. Add to this confection a rousing bluegrass rendering of "Christmas Time's a-Comin'" indebted to Bill Monroe, and a reverent, moving rendition of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," and the sum of the parts amounts to a seasonal classic a-borning.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines features the country/pop band performing a variety of holiday favorites. The disc features such well-loved songs as "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" along with their original composition "The Star Still Shines." This is perfect background music for any Christmas get-together.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688733926
catalogNumber:
887339

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diamond Rio   Primary Artist
Gene Johnson   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Jimmy Olander   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Brian Prout   Drums,Group Member
Marty Roe   Vocals,Group Member
Dan Truman   Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Dana Williams   Bass,Bass Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Group Member

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Mike Clute   Producer,Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Tex Logan   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jimmy Olander   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Michael Puryear   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Dan Truman   Arranger,String Arrangements
Ralph Blane   Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Paula Turner   Groomer
Don Poythress   Composer
Michael D. Clute   Audio Production

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