A Gift

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For the second time in his career, Canadian country neo-traditionalist, or former neo-traditionalist Paul Brandt issues a Christmas recording. The reason for the comment "former" in front of neo-traditionalist is because here on A Gift, his opening read of "Let It Snow," would be more at home on a Louis Prima or Brian Setzer record with a huge horn section and a string orchestra to match. The tune swings in beat fashion with only an upright piano and a pedal steel to remind the listener that Brandt's supposed to be a country singer, though to be fair, his voice betrays this as well. The title cut brings us back to earth, however, and offers the listener renewed proof as to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For the second time in his career, Canadian country neo-traditionalist, or former neo-traditionalist Paul Brandt issues a Christmas recording. The reason for the comment "former" in front of neo-traditionalist is because here on A Gift, his opening read of "Let It Snow," would be more at home on a Louis Prima or Brian Setzer record with a huge horn section and a string orchestra to match. The tune swings in beat fashion with only an upright piano and a pedal steel to remind the listener that Brandt's supposed to be a country singer, though to be fair, his voice betrays this as well. The title cut brings us back to earth, however, and offers the listener renewed proof as to why Brandt is one of the best country singers in the business. He's up there with George Strait, Ronnie Dunn, and Randy Travis. In fact, the title track is so moving it's almost worth the purchase price by itself. Other tracks don't fare so well. "White Christmas" just doesn't cut it, and it's not his fault; there are so many fine readings of this it's tough to find one that makes it in the big leagues. The bluesy, funky reading of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" is original and fine, and the track "Christmas Convoy" should never have been thought of, let alone recorded. "Mary Did You Know," and "Hands" are gorgeous, though. So A Gift is a mixed bag, but there are certainly cuts here for anyone's Christmas compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Brand T Canada
  • UPC: 776974248020
  • Catalog Number: 480
  • Sales rank: 214,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Snow (3:00)
  2. 2 A Gift (2:50)
  3. 3 White Christmas (3:25)
  4. 4 Christmas Convoy (4:43)
  5. 5 Hands (4:33)
  6. 6 Go Tell It on the Mountain (4:52)
  7. 7 I'll Be Home for Christmas (3:51)
  8. 8 Winter Wonderland (2:57)
  9. 9 Mary Did You Know (3:30)
  10. 10 We Three Kings (5:36)
  11. 11 [Untitled Track] (13:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Brandt Primary Artist
Mike Brignardello Bass
Dave Cleveland Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Scott Dente Acoustic Guitar
Miles Hill Bass
Ian McDougall Trombone
David Pierce Conductor, Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass
Steve Rosen Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes
Robbie Steininger Guitar
Wanda Vick Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin
Tom Colclough Reeds
Cameron Wilson Violin
Henry Christian Trumpet
Dan Needham Percussion, Drums
Liz Brandt Vocals
Neil Nicholson Trombone
Terry White Background Vocals
Chad Makela Reeds
Chris Andrew Piano
Ari Barnies Cello
Christmas Convoy Singers Track Performer
Maya DeForest Violin
Deanne Eisch Violin
Michael Herriott Trumpet
Alex Moldenhauer Vocals
Austin Moldenhauer Vocals
Bob Murphy Hammond Organ
Anna Rosen Vocals
Kate Rosen Vocals
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Buddy Greene Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Mark Lowry Composer
Chip Davis Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ben Fowler Producer, Engineer
Kim Gannon Composer
Miles Hill Engineer
Walter Kent Composer
David Pierce Arranger, Producer
Steve Rosen Arranger, Programming, Producer
Jule Styne Composer
Paul Brandt Arranger, Composer, Producer
Patrick Duffy Artwork
Liz Brandt Composer, Executive Producer
Paul Silveira Engineer
David Browning overdub engineer
Chris Andrew Arranger
Bill Fries Composer
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