Christmas Songs

Christmas Songs

by Roberta Flack
     
 

With her smooth, sophisticated, and always classy singing style, it's a wonder that Roberta Flack hadn't already brought her talents to a holiday album before The Christmas Album was released by Angel/EMI in 1997. Rich, warm, lovingly arranged, and at times lush with orchestras and choirs, it was a deeply personal album for Flack, who grew up singing theseSee more details below

Overview

With her smooth, sophisticated, and always classy singing style, it's a wonder that Roberta Flack hadn't already brought her talents to a holiday album before The Christmas Album was released by Angel/EMI in 1997. Rich, warm, lovingly arranged, and at times lush with orchestras and choirs, it was a deeply personal album for Flack, who grew up singing these songs during the holidays, a time of the year when community singing just seemed richer and greater. Although lovingly done, The Christmas Album was what it was, a seasonal release with a small commercial window. Now in 2012, Flack has revisited her holiday album, gone back to the original master tapes, and remixed it from scratch, adding in little touches of the 21st century (the final mixes were done by Chris Parks), and her holiday project re-emerged as Christmas Songs, even brighter and fresher-sounding the second time around. Highlights include the haunting "25th of Last December," a powerful version of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" (complete with lush strings and a huge choir), and the lovely, poised take of "Cherry Tree Carol," the bonus track here (it was intended for the original 1997 album but was left off for reasons no one can recall). There wasn't anything particularly amiss about The Christmas Album when it originally appeared in 1997, but in its 2012 incarnation as Christmas Songs, it has taken on a new coat of remix paint, and it deepens and shines even brighter for it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206717129
catalogNumber:
067171

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roberta Flack   Primary Artist
Ada Dyer   Background Vocals
Bernard Wright   Piano,Keyboards
Don Alias   Percussion
Sanford Allen   Concert Master
Jerry Barnes   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shelton Becton   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sandra Billingslea   Violin
Dean Brown   Guitar
Robert Chausow   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Philip Hamilton   Guitar,Electric Bass
Olivia Koppell   Viola
Jesse Levy   Cello
Charles Libove   Violin
Lois Martin   Viola
Richard Patterson   Electric Bass
Bruce Wang   Cello
Maxine Roach   Viola
Andre Smith   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Larissa Blitz   Violin
Angela Clemmons   Choir, Chorus
Sherrod Barnes   Guitar
Lenaé Harris   Cello
Jeff Johnson   Guitar
Stuart Getz   Background Vocals
Juju House   Percussion,Drums
Nat Adderly   Piano,Keyboards
Peter Bendji Allonce   Percussion
Yon Vodovoz   Viola
Belinda Whitney-Barrett   Violin

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Roberta Flack   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Melissa Manchester   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Shelton Becton   Arranger,Composer
Brenda Davies   Liner Notes
Katherine Davis   Composer
Howie Lindeman   Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield   Executive Producer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Chris Athens   Mastering
Gail Deadrick   Arranger
Sherrod Barnes   Arranger,Additional Production
Mark Spier   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Parks   Remixing
Chris Rob   Arranger,Producer,Additional Production
Matthew Rollings   Composer
Shiloh Gray   Art Direction
Brendan Davies   Executive Producer
Suzanne Koga   Management
Shuhei Hayashi   Engineer
Kenn Ross   Engineer

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