A 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 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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Suzanne McElfresh
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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949048426
  • Catalog Number: 490484

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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