Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

by Daryl Hall & John Oates
     
 

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As one of the biggest-selling duos in pop music history, it makes perfect sense for Daryl Hall and John Oates to make a Christmas album: any artist with such enduring popularity certainly has an audience waiting to hear them singing seasonal songs, and they made one of the greatest Christmas videos of early MTV with their cheerfully silly "Jingle Bell Rock." That kind

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As one of the biggest-selling duos in pop music history, it makes perfect sense for Daryl Hall and John Oates to make a Christmas album: any artist with such enduring popularity certainly has an audience waiting to hear them singing seasonal songs, and they made one of the greatest Christmas videos of early MTV with their cheerfully silly "Jingle Bell Rock." That kind of built-in audience is one of the reasons musicians play it safe when they make holiday albums, but fortunately Hall & Oates don't fall into that trap on 2006's Home for Christmas. There certainly are a fair share of familiar songs here -- this opens with "The First Noel" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and closes with "The Christmas Song," "Oh Holy Night" and a revival of "Jingle Bell Rock" -- and the album has smooth, slick veneer that's friendly and comforting. But within the conventions of a holiday album, Hall & Oates actually cover a lot of ground, touching on their early folky roots on their arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," covering Robbie Robertson's quite wonderful "Christmas Must Be Tonight," unearthing William Bell and Booker T. Jones' excellent "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday," singing spirited gospel on "Children Go Where I Send Thee" and contributing two very good originals in Oates' soulful "No Child Should Ever Cry on Christmas" and Hall's title track (which was also co-written by T-Bone Wolk and Greg Bieck, who also produced the album with Hall). The result is the rare holiday album that feels familiar yet fresh, and there's enough variety here to make this a Christmas record that will hold up well over the years.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2010
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886977368721
catalogNumber:
773687

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daryl Hall & John Oates   Primary Artist
David Sancious   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Daryl Hall   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Klyde Jones   Background Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Rob Mathes   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
John Oates   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Concert Master
Greg Bieck   Keyboards
T-Bone Wolk   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Charlie DeChant   Saxophone
Matthew Payne   Drums
Michael Payne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Daryl Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Peter Moshay   Engineer
John Oates   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Joe Beal   Composer
Jim Boothe   Composer
Greg Bieck   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
T-Bone Wolk   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael McCurdy   Cover Art
Jamie Rosenberg   Engineer
Kathy Philips   Packaging
Booker T. Jones   Composer

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