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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 008817023021
  • Catalog Number: 170230

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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best in Years

    This is the best durn Christmas album in years. If you like blues, guitar, sax and sentiment, the Hammond B-3, smoky vocals and Christmas, this CD is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    For those who love this man's voice and music will wear this cd out.Great lyrics along with wonderful music that will give you the deepest meaning of Christmas in a non traditional way.One of the best Christmas project out in a long time.

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