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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
One of the most remarkable Christmas albums of 2006 was Israel & New Breed's A Timeless Christmas, a disc that, once again, proves that bandleader Israel Houghton is as much a soul singer as he is a champion of cross-generational, multi-ethnic praise & worship music. In 2002, he took a departure towards '70s R&B with the impossibly soulful Real, and A Timeless Christmas picks up where that album left off. The disc does justice to its title, as this is yuletide fare that transcends the sounds of the season not only in sound, but also in spirit: Houghton isn't concerned with the commodification of the holidays, but with Christ's birth -- not as a feeble, ...
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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
One of the most remarkable Christmas albums of 2006 was Israel & New Breed's A Timeless Christmas, a disc that, once again, proves that bandleader Israel Houghton is as much a soul singer as he is a champion of cross-generational, multi-ethnic praise & worship music. In 2002, he took a departure towards '70s R&B with the impossibly soulful Real, and A Timeless Christmas picks up where that album left off. The disc does justice to its title, as this is yuletide fare that transcends the sounds of the season not only in sound, but also in spirit: Houghton isn't concerned with the commodification of the holidays, but with Christ's birth -- not as a feeble, defenseless babe, but as a King incarnate that's worthy of utmost celebration and glory. Houghton leaves some room for levity, as in the cinematic "Nutcracker" instrumentals, but these are mood pieces for the rest of the album. Elsewhere, he wastes no time in asserting the tone of the album, one where sacred carols are turned into funk-laden praise romps ("O Come," "Hark") or jazzy, bohemian reinterpretations ("Silent Nocturne"), all of which are performed with a dizzying sense of arrangement and cool, but not to the point of distraction. Even the guests on this Christmas spectacular -- CeCe Winans, Matthew Ward, Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Albright, among others -- are almost invisible, keenly aware of the reason of Houghton's season. This reason -- Emmanuel himself -- lies enthroned in the album's centerpiece, the sprawling "Christmas Worship Medley," a ten-minute choral Magnificat that there are very few of in today's seasonal selections. It all makes for a wonderful, timeless companion to the maddening daze of Christmas, as well as a sobering reminder of the occasion's real gift. [This edition contains the bonus track "With Us (Oh Emmanuel)."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975641628
  • Catalog Number: 756416

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nutcracker Overture r Suite, Op. 71a: No. 1, Minature Overture - Israel & New Breed (0:59)
  2. 2 Everybody Knows - Israel & New Breed (4:47)
  3. 3 Hark - Israel & New Breed (3:59)
  4. 4 O Come - Israel & New Breed (5:08)
  5. 5 Tidings (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) - Israel & New Breed (6:17)
  6. 6 Christmas Worship Medley: Alpha and Omega/O Come Let Us Adore Him/Be Un (9:46)
  7. 7 Least of These/Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Israel & New Breed (6:53)
  8. 8 Nutcracker Interlude r Suite, Op. 71a: No. 2, March - Israel & New Breed (2:42)
  9. 9 By Christmas Day - Israel & New Breed (3:49)
  10. 10 Nocturnal Mist - Israel & New Breed (1:28)
  11. 11 Silent Nocturne - Israel & New Breed (7:25)
  12. 12 Sonny Boy Christmas - Israel & New Breed (2:26)
  13. 13 Go Tell It - Israel & New Breed (5:24)
  14. 14 We Wish You a Timeless Christmas - Israel & New Breed (4:58)
  15. 15 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Daniel Johnson (6:11)
  16. 16 With Us (Oh Emmanuel) - Israel & New Breed (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Israel Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone, Vocals
Jonathan Butler Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Javier Solís Percussion
Jimmy Haslip Bass
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin, Soloist
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Hanes Trumpet
Aaron Lindsey Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Marcus Miller Bass Clarinet
Doug Moffet Flute, Saxophone
Doug Moffett Flute, Saxophone
Terrance Palmer Bass
Tommy Sims Bass Guitar
Scott Williamson Drums
Marvin Winans Vocals
CeCe Winans Vocals
Dan Needham Drums
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
Maurice Fitzgerald Bass
Will Kennedy Drums
Melonie Daniels Background Vocals
Rick Watford Guitar
Jerard Woods Background Vocals
Akil Thompson Guitar
Markita Knight Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore Vocals, Background Vocals
Danielle Stephens Vocals, Background Vocals
Luther "Mano" Hanes Piano, Keyboards, Key Bass
Jovaun Woods Background Vocals
Dakri Brown Background Vocals
Israel Houghton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Olanrewaju Agbabiaka Vocals, Background Vocals
Jennifer Duncan Background Vocals
Neville Diedericks Background Vocals
Late Great Daniel Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Drew Ramsey Guitar
Jamil Whiting Vocals, Background Vocals
Johnny "Natural" Najara Guitar
Buddy Strong Organ, Piano
Daniel Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Israel Background Vocals
Mattie Blackburn Background Vocals
Stacey Joseph Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Danny Duncan Engineer
Michael Coleman Executive Producer, Author
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wayne Cook Engineer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Lynn DeShazo Composer
Eddie James Composer, Lyricist
Aaron Lindsey Composer, Producer
Hugh Martin Composer
Marvin Winans Composer
CeCe Winans Composer
Jay Scott King Artist Development
Ralph Blane Composer
Chris Springer Artist Development
Gary Sadler Composer
Jim Gray Arranger, String Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Luther "Mano" Hanes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Chris Yoakum Pro-Tools
Israel Houghton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sam Noerr Art Direction
Randy Myers Composer
JD Shuff Engineer, overdub engineer
Travis Brigman Engineer
Matthew Fallentine Engineer
Meleasa Houghton Composer
Erik "Keller" Jahner Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This man is a genuis. His music is always refreshing and he always surprises us with his many different hidden gifts and amazing talent God has given him. If you have not heard one of his projects you really should take a listen to any of them. You will truly be blessed. This project Timeless Christmas is like a breath of fresh air. The message is delivered in a unique and refreshing manner. May God Bless You Pastor Israel.

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