December

December

by Kenny Loggins
     
 

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Kenny Loggins clearly has mixed feelings about Christmas. In his liner notes to December, his holiday album, he twice refers to it as "bitter-sweet," and that sense is carried over into his song choices and arrangements. He picks only three real standards, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an

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Kenny Loggins clearly has mixed feelings about Christmas. In his liner notes to December, his holiday album, he twice refers to it as "bitter-sweet," and that sense is carried over into his song choices and arrangements. He picks only three real standards, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "White Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," all ballads from the 1940s, adds a mixture of jazzy ("Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas) and traditional ("Coventry Carol," sung with David Crosby and Graham Nash) material and some obscurities, and writes four new songs of his own. But in all cases, his approach is low-key and reflective, with slow tempos and restrained performances. While not specifically religious, he seems concerned with revealing "what Christmas really means," as he puts it in his own "The Bells of Christmas." The result is an unusually somber seasonal collection, perhaps more suited for the dead of winter than the run-up to the year's biggest celebration. Play this one just before you put the children to bed; it may calm them down.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828767355320
catalogNumber:
1112750
Rank:
206484

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Loggins   Primary Artist,Guitar
David Darling   Cello
Peter Kater   Synthesizer,Piano
R. Carlos Nakai   Native American Flute
Geoffrey Gordon   Percussion
Mervyn Warren   Track Performer
David Rubenstein   Conductor
Beth Fitchet Wood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Kater   Engineer,Writer,Instrumental Producer
Kenny Loggins   Producer
Kate Price   Contributor
Peter Asher   Producer
Ted Blaisdell   Engineer
David Coleman   Art Direction
David Crosby   Contributor
Everette Harp   Contributor
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Contributor
Kazu Matsui   Contributor
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Mervyn Warren   Contributor
Bob Loftus   Engineer
Marc Mann   Programming
David Rubenstein   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Bil Zelman   Photo Assistance
Alfred S. Burt   Composer

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