Christmas Is Almost Here Again [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
A mix of old favorites and new compositions, of sparse acoustic and full-bodied electric arrangements, Carly Simon's Christmas Is Almost Here is full of holiday treats. Simon's soothing voice sounds perfectly at home here, even though much of the album was recorded live in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Kudos to producer Don Was, who captured Simon's comfortable spontaneity, especially on the many tracks with little more than an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals. The album begins quietly, with Livingston Taylor's melancholy title track, Simon's own soaring ballad "The Land of Christmas Mary," and the traditional carols "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night." The ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
A mix of old favorites and new compositions, of sparse acoustic and full-bodied electric arrangements, Carly Simon's Christmas Is Almost Here is full of holiday treats. Simon's soothing voice sounds perfectly at home here, even though much of the album was recorded live in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Kudos to producer Don Was, who captured Simon's comfortable spontaneity, especially on the many tracks with little more than an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals. The album begins quietly, with Livingston Taylor's melancholy title track, Simon's own soaring ballad "The Land of Christmas Mary," and the traditional carols "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night." The mood lightens with the rousing gospel tune "Twelve Gates to the City," featuring Billy Preston's funky organ work. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," a duet with Simon's son Ben Taylor, employs a subtle reggae beat anchored by drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner and a slinky electric piano line courtesy of Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. Keltner and Tench also help out on the cover of John Lennon's passionate "Happy X-mas War Is Over." In another star turn, Willie Nelson drops in for "Pretty Paper," his voice seductively wrapping around Simon's. As the recently released Anthology reminds us, Carly Simon's been delivering pop pleasures for more than 30 years. Christmas Is Almost Here is a welcome new gift from an old friend.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Christmas albums by major veteran pop stars long past their commercial prime are usually not highlights of their catalogs, and for the most part this isn't an exception. There are, too, some of the failings common to these kinds of projects: unmemorable treatments of songs that have been heard too often (like "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night") and some bland, middle-of-the-road arrangements. Yet for at least some of the time, this is definitely an above-average holiday offering. Don Was' presence as co-producer ensures some creativity and diversity to the sound, as do the contributions of top session players like Jim Keltner, Billy Preston, and Benmont Tench. Simon's vocals are strong, and most surprisingly, one of the two originals, "The Land of Christmas (Mary)," is not only pretty straight-ahead and gutsy, but sounds a lot better than most of the contemporary material she did on her secular records in the 1980s and 1990s. Some mild blues gospel overtones make it into "Twelve Gates to the City" (the one song to feature Billy Preston, on organ and vocals), and a reggae beat is set to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." A couple of unclich├ęd selections make it into the program with Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" (on which Nelson himself duets with Simon) and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." It's not an exciting release by any means, but it's not as immediately forgettable as many holiday efforts by similar performers are. [The 2003 edition was identical to the original release, but with two bonus songs added.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227389123
  • Catalog Number: 73891

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carly Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Andreas Vollenweider Harp
Billy Preston Hammond Organ, Vocals
Burt Bacharach Piano, Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Benmont Tench Wurlitzer
Mark Goldenberg Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Deron Johnson Synthesizer
Rob Mathes Piano
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Ben Taylor Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Arnold McCuller Vocal Harmony
Joel Shearer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Dobro
Adam MacDougal Piano
Judd Fuller Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Chris Chaney Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Andreas Vollenweider Composer, Producer
Irving Berlin Composer
John Lennon Composer
Carly Simon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Yoko Ono Composer
Livingston Taylor Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Nick Brophy Digital Editing
Ed Cherney Engineer
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Hugh Martin Composer
Lucy Simon Composer
Don Was Producer, Engineer
Peter Simon Cover Photo
Ralph Blane Composer
Chris Papastephanou Engineer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Jim Parr Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
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