Merry Christmas, Baby

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602537103683
  • Catalog Number: 001719002
  • Sales rank: 82,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (4:31)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (2:47)
  3. 3 Winter Wonderland - Michael Bublé (2:26)
  4. 4 White Christmas (3:49)
  5. 5 Merry Christmas, Baby - Cee Lo Green (3:53)
  6. 6 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dave Koz (2:51)
  7. 7 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Chris Botti (3:43)
  8. 8 Blue Christmas (3:30)
  9. 9 Red-Suited Super Man - Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (3:11)
  10. 10 When You Wish Upon A Star (3:47)
  11. 11 We Three Kings - Mary J. Blige (3:27)
  12. 12 Silent Night (4:24)
  13. 13 Auld Lang Syne (3:45)
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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
Vlado Meller Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

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    Listening to this now and highly enjoying ourselves. Lovely rend

    Listening to this now and highly enjoying ourselves. Lovely renditions of classic Christmas tunes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Saw the video special Rod Stewart put on with all these songs -

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    This is my new favorite Christmas Album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Bl

    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!

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    I thought this effort was sub par, grating is the word that come

    I thought this effort was sub par, grating is the word that comes to mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    A wonderful Album! Simply Spectacular! Enjoyable and Easy on the

    A wonderful Album! Simply Spectacular! Enjoyable and Easy on the ears. A Lovely rendition of classic Christmas songs, done in style.

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