A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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; ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 080688733926
  • Catalog Number: 887339

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
Hank Williams Mastering
Don Poythress Composer
Michael D. Clute Audio Production
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