Classic Christmas

Classic Christmas

by Billy Gilman
     
 

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The pubescent pinup gets a chance to employ his keening tenor on mostly standard seasonal fare, with a few contemporary holiday songs sweetening the Yuletide mix. One of the latter is "There's a New Kid in Town," co-written by Keith Whitley, a lilting, country-pop reimagining of the Christmas story in contemporary language; Gilman handles the lyric with admirable

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The pubescent pinup gets a chance to employ his keening tenor on mostly standard seasonal fare, with a few contemporary holiday songs sweetening the Yuletide mix. One of the latter is "There's a New Kid in Town," co-written by Keith Whitley, a lilting, country-pop reimagining of the Christmas story in contemporary language; Gilman handles the lyric with admirable restraint while still delivering the appropriate feeling of wonderment. Otherwise, the material is straight-ahead holiday fare, from secular beauties such as "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and a jaunty "Jingle Bell Rock," to spiritually oriented standards such as "O Holy Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Good humor and bright spirits attend the jolly tunes, hushed sincerity the meditative ones. Through it all, Gilman once again proves himself an interpreter wise beyond his years.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Striking while the iron was hot and before the 12-year-old singer's voice changed, Epic Records rushed back into the marketplace with the second Billy Gilman album to be released within six months, this one a holiday collection. The title suggests that standards will make up the fare, which turns out to be true, mostly, though co-producers Don Cook and David Malloy were not able to resist the temptation to throw in a couple of little-known songs with their names in the songwriter credits. But they did resist the temptation to make Gilman sing anything specifically child-oriented, such as "Nuttin' for Christmas" or "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." No, what you get here are Christmas classics like "White Christmas" (complete with introductory verse), "The Christmas Song," and "Silent Night." Gilman acquits himself well, still possessed of his pure, elastic tenor and brassy, unabashed style. He even stands toe to toe with fellow child prodigy Charlotte Church, probably because they have been assigned "Sleigh Ride" rather than something on which the classical singer might have been expected to snatch away the spotlight, such as "O Holy Night." There is little to suggest that Gilman's appeal will last beyond its pre-puberty novelty value, but this is a pleasant effort, even given the overly familiar material.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646159422
catalogNumber:
61594

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Gilman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jack Jezzro   Bass
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet
Derek Bason   Performing Ensemble
John Brough   Vocals
Travis Cottrell   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jackie Cusic   Horn,Choir, Chorus
David Davidson   Violin
Mark Douthit   Flute,Saxophone
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Gail Farrell   Horn,Choir, Chorus
James Ferguson   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Concert Master
Barry Green   Trombone
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Clarinet,Flute,Recorder,Saxophone,Woodwind
Sarah Huffman   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Marabeth Jordan   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Keen   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Lee Larrison   Violin
Jerry MacPherson   Bass Guitar
Bob Mason   Cello
Chris McDonald   Trombone
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Louis Dean Nunley   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar
Cindy Richardson   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Gary Robinson   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Lisa Silver   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Denis Solee   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Performing Ensemble,Woodwind
Julia Tanner   Cello
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Alan Umstead   Viola
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Bergen White   Conductor
John Wesley   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Fiddle,Mandolin,Keyboards
Robert Jason   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Stewart   Bass
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Cate Myer   Violin
Jon Mark Ivey   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gerald Greer   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Charlotte Church   Vocals
Cynthia Wyatt   Harp
Elisabeth K. Small   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Linda Patterson   French Horn
Denise Baker   Violin
Beverly Drukker   Violin
Jane Escueta   Violin
Jana King Evans   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carolyn Bailey   Violin
Idalynn Besser   Viola
Melinda Bootz   Viola
Michelle Lackey   Viola
Shane McConnell   Horn,Choir, Chorus
Bill Woodworth   Oboe
Chris Farrell   Viola
Dennis Wilson   Horn,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
J. Marks   Composer
Keith Whitley   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Felix Bernard   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
John Brough   Engineer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Don Cook   Composer,Producer
Mark Douthit   Engineer
David Malloy   Composer,Producer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Chris Rowe   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger,Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Joseph Mohr   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David Mallon   Producer
Emil Shapach   Engineer
James Ross Boothe   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
J. R. Murray   Composer

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