My Gift to You

My Gift to You

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by Alexander O'Neal
     
 

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Holiday records were a staple of the Motown, Atlantic, and Stax release schedules during the golden age of soul music, but in the 1980s few R&B acts picked up the baton. Although it hasn't dated particularly well, My Gift to You nevertheless remains an admirable and energetic attempt to revive the Christmas album concept for a new generation, pairing Alexander

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Holiday records were a staple of the Motown, Atlantic, and Stax release schedules during the golden age of soul music, but in the 1980s few R&B acts picked up the baton. Although it hasn't dated particularly well, My Gift to You nevertheless remains an admirable and energetic attempt to revive the Christmas album concept for a new generation, pairing Alexander O'Neal with the hitmaking production duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to create a lushly romantic set considerably more thoughtful and heartfelt than your average yuletide cash-in. Half of the album's ten songs are Jam/Lewis originals, and even if none of them emerged as contemporary standards, they do a good job of capturing both the secular ("Our First Christmas") and spiritual ("Remember Why It's Christmas") dimensions of the season. O'Neal also delivers shopworn material like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Winter Wonderland" with conviction, saving his most potent performance for the Donny Hathaway classic "This Christmas." There's no getting around the trademark Jam/Lewis production, though. My Gift to You is plainly a product of its era, complete with thick synthesizers and programmed rhythms, and is best enjoyed by listeners still hoping Santa brings them acid-washed jeans and Members Only jackets regardless of the year in question.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724354178429
catalogNumber:
41784

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alexander O'Neal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sounds of Blackness   Choir, Chorus
David Agent   Guitar
Lee Blaskey   Conductor
Robert Edwards   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Denzil Foster   Keyboards
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Horn,Keyboards,Rhythm
Jellybean Johnson   Guitar,Percussion
Valerie Johnson   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Lisa Keith   Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Horn,Background Vocals,Rhythm
Thomas McElroy   Drums,Keyboards
Randy Ran   Background Vocals
Charles Robinson   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Jennifer Whitlock   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Shirley Marie Graham   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Michael L. Bowens   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Terrence Frierson   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Patricia Lacy   Alto (Vocal)
Otis Montgomery   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Renee McCall   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Alecia Russell   Alto
Dorothy Cates   Soprano (Vocal)
Ira D. Conley   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Carrie M. Harrington   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Wendy Ingram   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Jennifer L.   Alto (Vocal)
Jayn Bell Porter   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Aleeta D. Russell   Alto (Vocal)
David B. Young   Bass,Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Alexander O'Neal   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Lee Blaskey   Arranger,Producer,Orchestra Production
Jonathan Clark   Art Direction
Denzil Foster   Producer,drum programming
James Greer   Operation
Steve Hodge   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Lisa Keith   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Ken Kessie   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Thomas McElroy   Producer,drum programming
Robert Wells   Composer
Tom Cartwright   Producer
Gary Hines   Director,Choir Arrangement
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Dale Wehlacz   Art Direction
Bradley Yost   Engineer
Clarence Avant   Executive Producer
Big Jon Platt   Producer
Lewis   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Choir Arrangement

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My Gift to You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I met my husband Stanley in September of 1989. That was they year we spent our first Christmas together. During the holidays, he played this album on cassette. I fell in love with it. 6 years later my husband died at the age of 33. Since that time, I've held this tape close to my heart and always listen to it during the holidays. Well the cassette is worn and I've searched for this album on CD and could not find it. Until now!!! I'm so excited. If you have ever been in love or even if you have never been in love, this album is the one for the holidays.