A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This is not an anniversary reissue of the original Very Special Christmas, a landmark charity album from 1987. This is a new album, one leaning toward the mainstream much more than the frequently quirky 1987 platter. This opens with Train and closes with Christina Aguilera, making stops along the way for Jewel, Michael Bublé, Dave Matthews Band, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, and Vince Gill. Most of the cuts here march to a stately beat and are produced so they glitter like frozen snow, so this winds up feeling seasonal without quite seeming festive. This sobriety makes Wonder Girl's ebullient dance-pop "Best Christmas Ever" and Cheap ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This is not an anniversary reissue of the original Very Special Christmas, a landmark charity album from 1987. This is a new album, one leaning toward the mainstream much more than the frequently quirky 1987 platter. This opens with Train and closes with Christina Aguilera, making stops along the way for Jewel, Michael Bublé, Dave Matthews Band, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, and Vince Gill. Most of the cuts here march to a stately beat and are produced so they glitter like frozen snow, so this winds up feeling seasonal without quite seeming festive. This sobriety makes Wonder Girl's ebullient dance-pop "Best Christmas Ever" and Cheap Trick's hamfisted but kind of fun rewrite of "I Want You to Want Me" as "I Want You" stand out, and the same goes for Martina McBride's bluesy reading of "Please Come Home for Christmas" and, to a lesser extent, Jason Mraz's sing-song scatting on "Winter Wonderland." The lack of variety makes Very Special Christmas: 25 Years a little sleepy, but it's hard to hate on an album that's for a good cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • UPC: 843930007172
  • Catalog Number: 0100
  • Sales rank: 299,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joy To The World - Train (4:02)
  2. 2 Something In the Air (Coca-Cola Christmas Anthem) - Lauriana Mae (3:15)
  3. 3 Angels We Have Heard On High - The Band Perry (4:12)
  4. 4 It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé (3:28)
  5. 5 Do You Hear What I Hear? - Jordin Sparks (3:33)
  6. 6 I Want You For Christmas - Cheap Trick (4:08)
  7. 7 Mary, Did You Know? - Rascal Flatts (3:17)
  8. 8 Best Christmas Ever - Wonder Girls (3:58)
  9. 9 Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant (4:33)
  10. 10 Christmas Without You - OneRepublic (3:17)
  11. 11 Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song) - Vince Gill (5:59)
  12. 12 Please Come Home For Christmas - Martina McBride (2:54)
  13. 13 Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz (2:08)
  14. 14 December 25 - Francesca Battistelli (2:44)
  15. 15 Christmas Song (9.18.10, Chicago, IL) - Dave Matthews Band (5:10)
  16. 16 Oh Holy Night - Christina Aguilera (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judson Spence Background Vocals
Robin Zander Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Nikita Germaine Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Rick Nielsen Guitar
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar
Kim Keyes Background Vocals
Eric Dover Background Vocals
Tom Petersson Bass
Jason Mraz Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Hector Maldonado Background Vocals
Daxx Nielsen Drums
Jimmie Sloas Bass
Danny Rader Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge Strings, Celeste, Chimes, French Horn, Keyboards, Timpani
Ilya Toshinskiy Acoustic Guitar
Stevie Notes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Adolphe Adam Composer
Brown Bannister Producer
Amy Grant Composer
Cheap Trick Producer
Judson Spence Arranger, Programming
David Foster Producer
Buddy Greene Composer
Gary Chapman Composer
Chris Eaton Composer
Robin Zander Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Ian Eskelin Producer
Ron Fair Producer
Humberto Gatica Producer
Dann Huff Producer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Rick Nielsen Composer
Michael Omartian Producer
Kevin Porter Engineer
Julian Raymond Composer, Producer
Bob Rock Producer
Isaac Watts Composer
Howard Willing Engineer
Meredith Willson Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Tony Brown Producer, Executive Producer
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Tom Petersson Composer
Jonathan Russell Mastering
Noel Regney Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Keith Haring Artwork
Kris Kringle Producer
Rascal Flatts Producer
Traditional Composer
Fingazz Producer
Jason Mraz Producer, Engineer
Ryan Tedder Composer
Brian Philips Advisor
Rudaina Haddad Composer
Becky Reiser Art Direction
OneRepublic Engineer
Francesca Battistelli Composer
Brent Kutzle Composer
Daxx Nielsen Composer
Smith Carlson Engineer
David J. Matthews Composer
Gene C. Redd Composer
Timothy Shriver Liner Notes
Jason Walker Composer
Leann Bennett Licensing
Rock Mafia Producer
Tucker Robinson Vocal Recording
Woo S. "Rainstone" Rhee Composer, Producer
Junsoo Noh Engineer
Mark Lowry Composer
Mike Moore Art Direction
Gloria Shain Composer
John Stary Composer
Andrew Lawrence Bloch Composer
Edmond Thomse Dunne Composer
Amy Fucci Art Direction
Wayne Milligan Licensing
Pen Up Girls Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Ossie Kilkenny Advisor
Nick Gordon Licensing
Brian Grayson Sanders Composer
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