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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 828767355320
  • Catalog Number: 1112750
  • Sales rank: 183,499

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
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Everette Harp Contributor
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
George Massenburg Contributor
Kazu Matsui Contributor
Doug Sax Mastering
Tony Shepperd Engineer
Mervyn Warren Contributor
Bob Loftus Engineer
Marc Mann Programming
Mike Gillies Digital Editing
David Rubenstein String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Bil Zelman Photo Assistance
Alfred S. Burt Composer
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