A Dramatic Christmas: The Very Best Christmas Of All

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Dramatics went through their share of personnel changes over the years, and when the veteran Motor City soul group recorded its first Christmas album in 1997, the lineup consisted of Ron Banks, L.J. Reynolds, Willie Ford, Lenny Mayes, and newest member Winzell Kelly. Recording a Christmas album was something the Dramatics had talked about in the 1970s, but it wasn't until 1997 that they finally got around to it. From originals like "The Very Best Christmas" and "The Days Before Christmas" to versions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song," the group is in good form and opts for a 1970s-type soul sound instead of trying to appeal to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Dramatics went through their share of personnel changes over the years, and when the veteran Motor City soul group recorded its first Christmas album in 1997, the lineup consisted of Ron Banks, L.J. Reynolds, Willie Ford, Lenny Mayes, and newest member Winzell Kelly. Recording a Christmas album was something the Dramatics had talked about in the 1970s, but it wasn't until 1997 that they finally got around to it. From originals like "The Very Best Christmas" and "The Days Before Christmas" to versions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song," the group is in good form and opts for a 1970s-type soul sound instead of trying to appeal to urban contemporary tastes. A Dramatics Christmas isn't quite essential, and casual listeners would be better off with a compilation of their dynamic 1970s hits. Even so, this is an enjoyable CD that the group's more devoted followers will want.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/1997
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218968027
  • Catalog Number: 9680
  • Sales rank: 323,715

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dramatics Primary Artist
Sandra Feva Vocals
Ron Banks Keyboards
Anthony Booker Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ernie Fields Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Fornero Trumpet
Tony Green Bass Guitar
James Jamerson Jr. Bass Guitar
Raymond Johnson Keyboards
Harry Kim Trumpet
Don Markese Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Lil John Roberts Choir, Chorus
Rudy Robinson Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Bells
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Donald Lewis Percussion
Amp Fiddler Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Bells, Rhythm
Billy Wallace Keyboards
Donald Albert Vocals
David Brandon Drums
Vine Street Horns Horn, Ensemble
Tyronza Calvin Choir, Chorus
Victor Castro Trombone
Deborah A. Chenault Choir, Chorus
Jessica Daniels Choir, Chorus
Rick Eakin Baritone Saxophone
Consuela Johnson Background Vocals
Ken Landreth Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dewayne Lomas Drums
Ramocue Horns Horn, Ensemble
Hezikiah Williams Choir, Chorus
Gordon Ramos Soprano Saxophone
Robert Lowe Guitar
Lee Morgan Choir, Chorus
Al Jones Soprano Saxophone
Technical Credits
L.J. Reynolds Producer, Executive Producer
Sandra Feva Contributor
Ron Banks Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Anthony Booker Arranger
Mike Grace Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Leroy Hyter Arranger
Harry Kim Horn Arrangements
Lil John Roberts Contributor
Rudy Robinson Contributor
Michael Schuman Engineer
Amp Fiddler Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Brian A. Spears Executive Producer
Carl Robinson Engineer
Billy Wallace Arranger
Donald Albert Contributor
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Archie White Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Harley Brown Executive Producer
Rick Eakin Horn Arrangements
Dewayne Lomas drum programming
Ramocue Horns Horn Arrangements
Walter J. Reynolds Executive Producer
Gordon Ramos Horn Arrangements
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