I'll Be Home for Christmas

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Isley Brothers' I'll Be Home for Christmas, like Patti LaBelle's Miss Patti's Christmas, was released on Def Soul Classics and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The two albums are both ten songs in length, feature many of the same musicians, and are based mostly on interpretations -- so they go hand-in-hand, whether the intention was there or not. Sleigh bells excepted, "I'm in Love" could be mistaken for an Isley Brothers song on a normal studio album, and it sounds like it wants to break into "Harvest for the World." The other original, "What Can I Buy You," won't be threatening to replace regularly played Christmas classics anytime soon, but it doesn't seem to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Isley Brothers' I'll Be Home for Christmas, like Patti LaBelle's Miss Patti's Christmas, was released on Def Soul Classics and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The two albums are both ten songs in length, feature many of the same musicians, and are based mostly on interpretations -- so they go hand-in-hand, whether the intention was there or not. Sleigh bells excepted, "I'm in Love" could be mistaken for an Isley Brothers song on a normal studio album, and it sounds like it wants to break into "Harvest for the World." The other original, "What Can I Buy You," won't be threatening to replace regularly played Christmas classics anytime soon, but it doesn't seem to out of place next to the likes of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." There's a good balance between secular and spiritual material, so the disc should appeal to just about any Isley Brothers fan who doesn't want to hear the same tired holiday music year in, year out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Def Soul Classics
  • UPC: 602517464704
  • Catalog Number: 000991302
  • Sales rank: 195,763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Isley Brothers Primary Artist
Ernie Isley Guitar
Bobby Ross Avila Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Mini Moog
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Clayton Cameron Drums
Dan Higgins Flute
Doc Powell Guitar
Bob Hurst Upright Bass
Jimmy Jam Keyboards
Kimberly Johnson Background Vocals
Carol Robbins Harp
John Wittenberg Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Robert Peterson Violin
James "Big Jim" Wright Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Darrin McCann Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Steve Richards Cello
Martha Lippi Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Issiah "IZ" Avila Percussion, Drums
Antoinette Scruggs Background Vocals
Rong Huey Liu Oboe
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Bobby Ross Avila Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jimmy Jam Producer, Executive Producer
Walter Kent Composer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Hugh Martin Composer
Isaac Watts Composer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements, String Conductor
Ralph Blane Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Arranger, Producer
Traditional Composer
Matt Marrin Engineer
William Chatterton Dix Composer
Issiah "IZ" Avila Producer, drum programming
Carla Carter Composer
Erica Holley Marketing
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