Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas

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All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The variety of holiday music has improved dramatically over the years and every "type" of music seems to have jumped on the bandwagon. Not only are there holiday rock recordings, but now there are holiday rock guitar recordings. While the music here is a mixed bag, it turns out to be a refreshing change from the contrived offerings that other rock artists have produced. Kenny Wayne Shepherd kicks things off with a rousing version of "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," while Eric Johnson proves to be the most technically proficient of the players assembled here. There are other strong offerings from Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Brian Setzer. However, the ...
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All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The variety of holiday music has improved dramatically over the years and every "type" of music seems to have jumped on the bandwagon. Not only are there holiday rock recordings, but now there are holiday rock guitar recordings. While the music here is a mixed bag, it turns out to be a refreshing change from the contrived offerings that other rock artists have produced. Kenny Wayne Shepherd kicks things off with a rousing version of "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," while Eric Johnson proves to be the most technically proficient of the players assembled here. There are other strong offerings from Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Brian Setzer. However, the performances turned in by Joe Perry, Richie Sambora and Hotei do not measure up. Despite the uneven moments, this is worth picking for anyone who truly needs to rock around the Christmas tree.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646777541
  • Catalog Number: 67775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Kenny Wayne Shepherd (3:58)
  2. 2 The First Nowell - Eric Johnson (3:39)
  3. 3 Amazing Grace - Jeff Beck (3:14)
  4. 4 Jingle Bells - The Brian Setzer Orchestra (2:18)
  5. 5 Silent Night/Holy Night Jam - Joe Satriani (7:21)
  6. 6 Joy to the World - Steve Morse (4:31)
  7. 7 Christmas Time Is Here - Steve Vai (4:22)
  8. 8 Blue Christmas - Joe Perry (3:55)
  9. 9 The Little Drummer Boy - Alex Lifeson (3:25)
  10. 10 Cantique de Noel (O' Holy Night) - Richie Sambora (2:32)
  11. 11 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Radwan Hoteit (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Beck Guitar
Stuart Hamm Bass
Eric Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Steve Morse Guitar
Joe Perry Guitar
Richie Sambora Guitar
Joe Satriani Guitar
Steve Vai Guitar
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Guitar
Brad Dutz Percussion
Stephen Barber Synthesizer, Keyboards
C. Roscoe Beck Acoustic Bass
Roscoe Beck Acoustic Bass
Bryan Beller Bass
Tom Brechtlein Drums
Jeff Campitelli Percussion, Drums
James G. Evans Drums
Marti Frederiksen Bass, Percussion
Mike Keneally Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Alex Lifeson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Mancini Drums
Mike Mangini Drums
Tomoyasu Hotei Multi Instruments
Philip Bynoe Bass
Eric Caudieux Keyboards
Jimmy Wallace Keyboards
Sam Bryant Drums
Robby Emerson Bass
Sara Nelson Cello
Perry Margouleff Drums
Leigh Mahoney Violin
Margaret Ayer French Horn
Technical Credits
John Stainer Arranger
Jeff Beck Producer
Eric Johnson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Steve Morse Sound Effects, Producer
Joe Perry Producer
Richie Sambora Producer
Joe Satriani Arranger
Steve Vai Producer, Engineer, Concept, Album Concept
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Producer
Brian Setzer Arranger, Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Stephen Barber Arranger, Composer
Mike Fraser Producer, Engineer
Marti Frederiksen Producer, drum programming
Ray Hermann Arranger, Orchestration
Ray Herrmann Arranger, Orchestration
Tony Hymas Arranger
Steve Jackson Engineer
John Kalodner Liner Notes
Alex Lifeson Producer, drum programming
George Marino Mastering
Johnny Marks Composer
Richard Mullen Engineer
John Newton Composer
Bill Pfordresher Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Richard Supa Arranger, Producer
Don Was Producer
Isaac Watts Composer
Jim Wirt Engineer
Tomoyasu Hotei Producer, Instrumentation
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
Lowell Mason Composer
Kevin Page Engineer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Eric Caudieux Programming
Lee Mendelson Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Richie Supa Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Healey Willan Arranger
Anthony Hymas Composer
Gary Taxali Illustrations
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Wayne Hood Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Kunihiko Imai Engineer
Perry Margouleff Producer, Engineer
Takeshi Fujii Programming
Hidehito Satake Guitar Techician
James Pierpont Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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