In the Spirit: A Christmas Album

In the Spirit: A Christmas Album

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by Michael McDonald
     
 

In the Spirit: A Christmas Album is everything a Michael McDonald fan could want from a holiday album by one of the greatest blue-eyed soul vocalists of all time. It's firmly within the tradition of latter-day Doobies records and early McDonald solo efforts, resulting in a really pleasing sound, equal parts classic soft rock and classySee more details below

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In the Spirit: A Christmas Album is everything a Michael McDonald fan could want from a holiday album by one of the greatest blue-eyed soul vocalists of all time. It's firmly within the tradition of latter-day Doobies records and early McDonald solo efforts, resulting in a really pleasing sound, equal parts classic soft rock and classy pop-soul, but there are some differences that give it its own character. First of all, there is a reason why the album is released on MCA Nashville, and there are some hints of contemporary country on songs like "On This Night" and in the arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High." Even stronger is the sense of reverence and underpinning of religion and love of family (his wife and child both sing on the record) that give the album a welcome emotional grounding that informs even the songs that revive his classic sound. This surge of emotion combines with a high sense of craft and some really good seasonal and religious material that finds McDonald writing some of his strongest songs in a long time ("To Make a Miracle," the cheerfully insistent "House Full of Love," the swaggering "Every Time Christmas Comes Around," and "One Gift," co-written with and featuring James Ingram). Musically, this qualifies as a nice, welcome surprise for McDonald fans, since it's as good an album as he's done in years (granted, he was a little inactive in the '90s for various reasons, but the sentiment remains the same). And it's not just a good Michael McDonald record -- it's one of the best modern holiday albums in a long, long time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008817023021
catalogNumber:
170230

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McDonald   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
James Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Bernie Chiaravalle   Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Barry Green   Trombone
Marc Harris   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
David Hoffner   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Strings
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
John Lang   Guitar
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Alfred McCrary   Background Vocals
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Tommy Sims   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Eric Struthers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Dobro,Guitar (Baritone)
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion
Michael Warren   Background Vocals
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Chris Farren   Background Vocals
Twinkie Clark-Terrell   Vocals
Dan Needham   Percussion,Drums
Andrew Ramsey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gayle A. West   Background Vocals
Rick J. Jordan   Drums
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Michael McDonald   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Jim DeMain   Mastering
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Marc Harris   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
David Hoffner   String Arrangements
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Dennis Keeley   Cover Photo
Ross Pallone   Engineer
Dick Smith   Composer
Grady Walker   Engineer
Jeff Savage   drum programming
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Marty Christensen   Engineer

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