A Very Special Christmas

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dennis MacDonald
Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby."
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dennis MacDonald
Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602537538102
  • Catalog Number: 001923102
  • Sales rank: 141,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Xmas (War is Over) - The Harlem Community Choir (3:34)
  2. 2 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Rod Stewart (2:50)
  3. 3 I Saw Three Ships - Sting (1:44)
  4. 4 Winter Wonderland - Aretha Franklin (2:14)
  5. 5 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Josh Groban (4:14)
  6. 6 Please Come Home For Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi (2:54)
  7. 7 Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (4:16)
  8. 8 Run Rudolph Run - Sheryl Crow (2:53)
  9. 9 Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley (2:10)
  10. 10 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing - Carrie Underwood (3:41)
  11. 11 Last Christmas - Wham! (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
John Lennon Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Lynne Bass, Background Vocals, Bells, Timpani
Tom Petty Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Elvis Presley Vocals
Sting Vocals
Dave Koz Saxophone, Soloist
Marty Krystall Saxophone
David Foster Piano
Bill Black Double Bass
Don Felder Guitar
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Chimes, Glockenspiel
Scotty Moore Electric Guitar
Yoko Ono Vocals
Mike Campbell Bass, Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums, sleigh bells
Sheryl Crow Guitar, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Brad Dutz Percussion
Benmont Tench Piano, Keyboards
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Robbie Blunt Acoustic Guitar
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Dudley Brooks Piano
Richard Dodd Background Vocals
Jeff Driskill Saxophone
Kevin Dukes Acoustic Guitar
D.J. Fontana Drums
Shannon Forrest Drums
Mitchell Froom Harpsichord
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Hoyt Hawkins Organ
Scott Humphrey Synthesizer
Teddy Irwin Guitar
Phil Jones Percussion
Phil Kenzie Saxophone
Millie Kirkham Background Vocals
Stan Lynch Drums
Bob McChesney Trombone
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Gordon Mote Keyboards
May Pang Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Tim Pierce Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Ripp Acoustic Guitar
Richard Ruse Bass
Stuart Scharf Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Gordon Stoker Piano
Scott Thurston Bass
Efrain Toro Marimbas
Mike Turre Saxophone
Gayle Levant Harp
Chris Walden Trumpet
Mickey Sumner Flute
Matt O'Connor Percussion
The Harlem Community Choir Background Vocals
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals
Chris Osbourne Guitar
Toddy Sharpe Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Judge Keyboards
Ilya Toshinskiy Acoustic Guitar
Dave Hartley Keyboards
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
John Lennon Composer, Producer
Jeff Lynne Producer
George Michael Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Petty Composer, Producer
Sting Arranger
David Foster Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Yoko Ono Composer, Producer
Mike Campbell Producer
Phil Spector Producer
Derek Bason Engineer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Roy Cicala Engineer
Richard Dodd Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Phil Kaffel Engineer
Johnny Marks Composer
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Clyde Otis Producer
Gene Redd Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Mark Bright Producer
Simon Osborne Producer, Engineer
Mark Omann Mastering
Chris Walden Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Marvin Brodie Composer
Keith Haring Artwork
Tom Bradley Writer
Beth Stempel Producer
Traditional Composer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Nathan Dickinson Digital Editing
Bill Ross Orchestration
Sara Michael Foster Arranger
Hank Williams Mastering
Jay W. Johnson Composer
Billy Hayes Composer
Diana Baron Publicity
Leann Bennett Licensing
Thom Panuzio Engineer
Laura Benanchietti Promoter
Ossie Kilkenny Executive Producer
Jaime Dow Publicity
Dave Hartley Instrumentation
Lee Gillespie-White Legal Counsel
Kirsten Seckler Publicity
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