Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Accompanied by Patrick Williams and his Orchestra, Vince Gill turns his personable tenor loose on a collection of Christmas standards, and the result is cool, relaxed, and engaging. The centerpiece is the reflective, hymnlike title tune, by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton, which is further blessed by one of the most sensitive interpretations Gill has recorded. This, combined with the easy-going feel on the likes of "Silver Bells" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and the chilling solemnity of "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," vaults Breath of Heaven into the ranks of Christmas classics.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Accompanied by Patrick Williams and his Orchestra, Vince Gill turns his personable tenor loose on a collection of Christmas standards, and the result is cool, relaxed, and engaging. The centerpiece is the reflective, hymnlike title tune, by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton, which is further blessed by one of the most sensitive interpretations Gill has recorded. This, combined with the easy-going feel on the likes of "Silver Bells" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and the chilling solemnity of "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," vaults Breath of Heaven into the ranks of Christmas classics.
All Music Guide - Jana Pendragon
Once again, Vince Gill rises above the commonplace and delivers a project of supreme substance and divine emotion. This holiday offering is one of the best in recent years and comparable to the popular holiday recordings of Crosby, Como, and Elvis. As far as contemporary Christmas music is concerned, Gill, backed by Patrick Williams & His Orchestra, manages to keep tradition vibrant and immediate. Uptempo tunes such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" complement more sacred offerings like "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Holy Night," and "O Come All Ye Faithful." Especially good is Gill's version of the rock & roll "Blue Christmas," as are his "Silver Bells" and the title cut. He also gives an essential and fundamentally emotional performance on "The Christmas Song" that seems to transcend time, space, and religious affiliation to create a moment of recorded music that is wholly and completely Christmas. Encompassing both the sacred and secular in this instant elevates Gill's performance here to classic status. Moreover, he has never sounded as rich, warm, and substantial as he does on this gift of holiday music. Experience never looked, felt, or sounded so good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 008817003825
  • Catalog Number: 70038
  • Sales rank: 17,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Winter Wonderland - Vince Gill (3:23)
  2. 2 The Christmas Song - Vince Gill (4:18)
  3. 3 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Vince Gill (4:08)
  4. 4 Silver Bells - Vince Gill (3:34)
  5. 5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Vince Gill (2:47)
  6. 6 Blue Christmas - Vince Gill (3:50)
  7. 7 O Holy Night - Vince Gill (4:36)
  8. 8 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Vince Gill (2:51)
  9. 9 A Cradle in Bethlehem - Vince Gill (4:14)
  10. 10 Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) - Vince Gill (5:59)
  11. 11 O Come All Ye Faithful - Vince Gill (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pat Williams Orchestra Primary Artist
Pat Williams Indexed Contributor
Ray Kelley Cello
Gary Foster Clarinet, Flute
Bill Watrous Trombone
Patrick Williams Conductor
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Robert Brosseau Violin
Larry Bunker Percussion
Darius Campo Violin
Jon Clarke Flute, Oboe
Mathew Cooker Cello
Assa Drori Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Ronald Folsom Violin
Gwen Heller Violin
Michael Lang Piano
Charles Loper Trombone
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Michael Omartian Percussion, Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Bob Sanov Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Tina Soule Cello
David Stenske Violin
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Gregg Field Drums
John Scanlon Viola
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Natalie Leggett Violin
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Kristin Fife Violin
Al Hershberger Violin
Angela Wiegand Flute
Keith Greene Viola
Julie Berghofer Harp
Jennifer Walton Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Larry Hall Trumpet
Phillip Teele Trombone
Mario de León Violin
David H. Speltz Cello
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
Tony Brown Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Terry Christian Engineer
Michael Omartian Producer
Gene Puerling Arranger
Denny Purcell Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Traditional Composer
Lewis Redner Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Christmas CD

    Vince Gill has a great voice and presents familiar Christmas songs with his own style and energy. Some that are unfamiliar have beautiful lyrics, especially Breath of Heaven-- from the viewpoint of Mary at the birth of her son---and from our viewpoint called to carry His gospel within us.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Vince Gill as always sounds wonderful in this colllection of songs. I'll cherish this one forever. He has a voice you could listen to 24- 7. Lori1272

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