Merry Christmas, Baby

Merry Christmas, Baby

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by Rod Stewart
     
 

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Hard as it may be to believe, but Rod Stewart has gotten through five decades without succumbing to a holiday album. That streak ends in 2012 with the release of Merry Christmas, Baby, an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs -- "Silent Night," "We Three Kings" presented

Overview

Hard as it may be to believe, but Rod Stewart has gotten through five decades without succumbing to a holiday album. That streak ends in 2012 with the release of Merry Christmas, Baby, an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs -- "Silent Night," "We Three Kings" presented as a duet with Mary J. Blige -- along with a mildly incongruous "When You Wish Upon a Star," slide by easily on the mellow big-band swing of the rest of the record. Song for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod's ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds, whether it's acoustic guitars, synthesizers, strings, or a children's choir on "Silent Night." Very rarely does this hint at the Rod of the '70s -- and when it does on the closing "Auld Lang Syne," its intro given a spare folky treatment reminiscent of his Mercury work, it's a bracing, effective reminder of Stewart's skill as a singer -- and instead relies on a gladhanding charm that suits the season, not to mention Stewart in his crooning dotage.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602537103683
catalogNumber:
001719002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums
Dave Koz   Saxophone,Soloist
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Keith Allen   Choir, Chorus
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Chris Botti   Trumpet,Soloist
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Kimberly Johnson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michelle Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Bobbi Page   Children's Chorus
Dean Parks   Guitar,Soloist
Dieyelle Reed   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kevin Savigar   Keyboards
Jimmy Roberts   Saxophone,Soloist
David Daughtry   Choir, Chorus
Holly Palmer   Choir, Chorus
Chris Walden   Trombone,Trumpet,Conductor
Angela Fisher   Choir, Chorus
Krystal Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Emerson Swinford   Guitar
Matt O'Connor   Percussion
Lucy Woodward   Choir, Chorus
Mabvuto Carpenter   Choir, Chorus
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Trumpet
Emme Lehmann Boddicker   Children's Chorus
Brandon Winbush   Choir, Chorus
J'Anna Jacoby   Violin
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer
Willie Wheaton   Choir, Chorus
Jason Morales   Choir, Chorus
Tim McFatter   Tenor Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher   Baritone Saxophone
Jordan Santamaria   Children's Chorus
Brandon Large   Children's Chorus
Jackson Hatwan   Children's Chorus
Melanie Fontana   Choir, Chorus
Bryan Terrell Clark   Choir, Chorus
Sam Bindschadler   Children's Chorus
Page LA Children's Chorus   Children's Chorus
Madeline Bernstein   Children's Chorus
Katherine Ho   Children's Chorus
Karissa Lee   Children's Chorus
Claire McNeely   Children's Chorus
Carson Billingsley   Children's Chorus
Bridget Cady   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Rod Stewart   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Frank Loesser   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Kimberly Johnson   Choir Contractor
Hugh Martin   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Kevin Savigar   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Tom Weir   Engineer
Paul Warren   Vocal Producer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Ralph Blane   Composer
Chris Walden   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lou Baxter   Composer
Amy Foster   Composer
Angela Fisher   Choir Contractor
Traditional   Composer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Lotus Donovan   Talent Coordinator
Johnny Moore   Composer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Jack Miele   Engineer
John Barrett   Pro-Tools
Richard B. Smith   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
Steve Price   Engineer
Jay W. Johnson   Composer
Billy Hayes   Composer

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Merry Christmas, Baby 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
Listening to this now and highly enjoying ourselves. Lovely renditions of classic Christmas tunes.
Mergatroy More than 1 year ago
Saw the video special Rod Stewart put on with all these songs - absolutely fantastic. He is and exceptional performer! This CD and the Video are on my list.  He does a duet' with Ella Fitzgerald in shadow of 'What are you doing New Years' is brilliant. David Foster arranging and on Piano with Mary Jane and Ce-Lo. . Highly recommend!  Classy  guy!
DragonLadyBonnie More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite Christmas Album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Blue Christmas has always been a favorite of mine and I think this is the best version yet! I think the musical arrangements are superb and a perfect compliment to Rod Stewart's voice. Red Suited Super Man is a wonderful song and the sax just makes it that much better. I like every song on this CD, even those I normally skip on others, like Auld Lang Syne, I listen to them on this one. The addition of When You Wish Upon a Star seemed odd at first, but now it just seems right. LOVE IT!
tjohn33791 More than 1 year ago
I thought this effort was sub par, grating is the word that comes to mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful Album! Simply Spectacular! Enjoyable and Easy on the ears. A Lovely rendition of classic Christmas songs, done in style.