Very Special Christmas, Vol. 4: Live

Very Special Christmas, Vol. 4: Live

     
 

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The first VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS recording, released in 1987, was a benefit album for the Special Olympics and their efforts to provide year-round sports training and competitions for mentally retarded children and adults in more than 140 countries. This year's release, volume 4, documents a live concert that ran the gamut fromSee more details below

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The first VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS recording, released in 1987, was a benefit album for the Special Olympics and their efforts to provide year-round sports training and competitions for mentally retarded children and adults in more than 140 countries. This year's release, volume 4, documents a live concert that ran the gamut from Run-DMC's rousing "Christmas in Hollis" and Jon Bon Jovi's "Please Come Home for Christmas" to Tracy Chapman's tranquil "O Holy Night" and Vanessa Williams's "What Child Is This." In the spirit of holiday togetherness, Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow share the mike on a playful "Merry Christmas Baby"; Clapton and John Popper deliver a "Christmas Blues"; Crow and Mary J Blige are "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"; and the whole gang chimes in for a spirited "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 4: Live continues the Very Special Christmas series, which benefits the Special Olympics. This volume was recorded live in Washington, D.C. and features performances by Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Run-D.M.C., Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Vanessa Williams, and Tracy Chapman. Blige and Crow duet on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," while Bon Jovi performs two lovelorn holiday songs -- "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home." Clapton teams up with Chapman on a version of her hit "Give Me One Reason," and with Crow on "Merry Christmas Baby." Run-D.M.C. performs "Christmas in Hollis," and Vanessa Williams turns in a rendition of "What Child Is This." All the performers appear on the album's final song, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," representing this benefit album's spirit of goodwill and teamwork.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949048426
catalogNumber:
490484

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Vocals
Tracy Chapman   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Vanessa Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Bandiera   Guitar
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Tim Cappello   Saxophone
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Mancini   Keyboards
Rob Mathes   Bass
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Keyboards
John Popper   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Run-D.M.C.   Track Performer
Michael Spengler   Trumpet
Sue Williams   Acoustic Bass
Andy Stoller   Bass,Background Vocals
Tim Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Tracy Chapman   Composer
Jeff Gold   Art Direction
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Bob Hite   Composer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels   Composer
Leon Pendarvis   Musical Director
Johnny Moore   Composer
Jason Mizell   Composer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Andrew Garver   Digital Editing
Bobby Shriver   Executive Producer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver   Liner Notes
Lou Baxter   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Keith Haring   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Joseph "Run" Simmons   Composer
J. Mitzell   Composer

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