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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Beatles never quite made a commercially released Christmas album, though they put together special singles for their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969, then compiled them as The Beatles Christmas Album, also just for the fan club, in 1970. These recordings were more spoken-word than musical, though there was a song, "Christmas Time Is Here Again," heard in excerpts on the 1967 record. It has been left to Ringo Starr to release the first full-length Christmas album from a Beatle, and I Wanna Be a Santa Claus is very much in the group's spirit. Since he returned to recording in 1992, Starr has made a point of making music reminiscent of the Beatles, hooking up in...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Beatles never quite made a commercially released Christmas album, though they put together special singles for their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969, then compiled them as The Beatles Christmas Album, also just for the fan club, in 1970. These recordings were more spoken-word than musical, though there was a song, "Christmas Time Is Here Again," heard in excerpts on the 1967 record. It has been left to Ringo Starr to release the first full-length Christmas album from a Beatle, and I Wanna Be a Santa Claus is very much in the group's spirit. Since he returned to recording in 1992, Starr has made a point of making music reminiscent of the Beatles, hooking up in 1998 with a group led by Mark Hudson dubbed the Roundheads. Hudson is everywhere on I Wanna Be a Santa Claus, co-writing the half-dozen originals with Starr and others, co-producing with Starr, and handling a variety of instruments. He and keyboard player/arranger Jim Cox clearly are steeped in the Beatles, and they have effectively recreated a Beatles sound on the record, in some cases aping specific songs. The Roundheads are also good at showcasing Starr's drumming, which is always high in the mix. If none of the new songs are likely to become classics, they are respectable efforts that Starr handles well. On the standards, Starr is his usual good-natured self, and the standout track is the cover of "Christmas Time Is Here Again." There are precious few lyrics besides the title, but it deserves to be added to the ranks of Christmas standards. So, Ringo Starr is well-served by his supporting musicians on I Wanna Be Santa Claus, and his typically cheery manner is so well-suited to the holiday spirit that it's only a shame he waited so long to make his seasonal recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454666824
  • Catalog Number: 546668

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ringo Starr Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Pipe, Mellotron
Joe Perry Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Gary Burr Background Vocals
Willie Cochrane Bagpipes
Jim Cox Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Dudas Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Scott Gordon Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards
Dan Higgins Recorder, Saxophone
Bill Hudson Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Brett Hudson Background Vocals
Mark Hudson Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recorder, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Evelyn Lee-Jones Bass
JayDee Mannes Pedal Steel Guitar
Dick Monda Background Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Pat Zicari Saxophone
Kuljit Bhamra Tabla
Steffan Fantini Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Bob Murphy Bagpipes
Christina Rasch Percussion, Background Vocals
Xmas Files Singers Background Vocals
Tess Whiteheart Background Vocals
Marc Fantini Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Teisha Helgerson Background Vocals
Large Elf Choir Background Vocals
Kiley Oliver Background Vocals
Those Darn Scotsmen Bagpipes
John Titta Background Vocals
Sarah Hudson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Chris Clark Engineer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Ringo Starr Composer, Producer, Artwork
Harry Simeone Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Paul Caruso Engineer
Rupert Coulson Engineer
Jim Cox Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Katherine Davis Composer
Steve Dudas Composer
Scott Gordon Composer, Engineer
Mark Hudson Composer, Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Horn Arrangements
Johnny Marks Composer
Dick Monda Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Barbara Starkey Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Andy Wright Engineer
Eric Greedy Engineer
Alex Scannell Engineer
Dave Reed Engineer
Jesse Gorman Engineer
Jay Johnson Composer
Ondine Bue Artwork
Oliver Hug Engineer
Sonia Ives Artwork
Allyson Spellacy Artwork
Stephen Alexander Sullivan Engineer
Dean Grakal Composer
Alex Gibson Engineer
Henry Onerati Composer
Steve Antonakos Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ringo Starr doing what he does best, having fun making music.

    If you are a Ringo Starr fan then this needs to be added to your collection. It is a mix of his versions of Christmas songs that you won't normally here on the radio. These songs are fun to listen to and they are not the same old Christmas stuff that you always here. The production is great, so you will be getting a high quality sounding CD that the whole family can enjoy listening to.

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