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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724354178429
  • Catalog Number: 41784

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Christmas CD Ever!!!

    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.

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