Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever

Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever

by Ronnie Spector
     
 

Ronnie Spector sang on A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, arguably the greatest rock & roll Christmas album ever made, and even if Darlene Love got the best lead vocals on that classic LP, it still looms large enough in Ronnie's legacy that any time she tries to make a holiday record, it's going to measured against thatSee more details below

Overview

Ronnie Spector sang on A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, arguably the greatest rock & roll Christmas album ever made, and even if Darlene Love got the best lead vocals on that classic LP, it still looms large enough in Ronnie's legacy that any time she tries to make a holiday record, it's going to measured against that accomplishment. Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever is an optimistically titled EP that features five Yuletide tunes from the former Ronettes vocalist and girl group icon, and if it predictably doesn't hold a candle to the 1963 classic, it's a solid piece of work and shows that Spector's voice is still in great shape and she knows what to do with it. The real drawback here is that these five songs are serviceable but ultimately nothing special, and while "My Christmas Wish" and "Best Christmas Ever" lean toward '60s style R&B-influenced rock, which plays to Spector's strengths, "It's the Time (Happy Holidays)" is a Latin-flavored number whose style doesn't flatter her, and "Light One Candle" is pre-fab pop with a lamentable sub-Kenny G sax solo. "It's Christmas Once Again" is a sweet and well-crafted bit of '50s-styled pop, but it's also recycled from Spector's 2006 album Last of the Rock Stars. The production and arrangements are competent and professional, if not always inspired, and Spector sounds great and offers moving asides on two numbers in which she shares monologues about her childhood memories of the holiday. No one is likely to recall Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever in 47 years the way folks still remember A Christmas Gift to You in 2010, but it clearly proves she's still one of the great voices of the girl group era, and she still has the pipes and the spunk to make this disc worth hearing, even if the material she's given is flawed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Bad Girl Sounds
UPC:
0016581700024
catalogNumber:
17000

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Spector   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Narrator
Joel Bryant   Keyboards
Johnny Colla   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jay Davidson   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bobby Eli   Guitar,Keyboards
Peter Garcia   Background Vocals
Darnell Jordan   Guitar
Marvin McFadden   Trumpet
Joe McGinty   Piano,Keyboards
Stan Thomas   Bass
Johnny Gale   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Anthony Pirollo   Cello
Tanya Murphy   Violin
Dennis Atkinson   Piano,Keyboards
Jeremy Chatzky   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Jamie Evans   Background Vocals
Janice McClain   Background Vocals
Ju-Taun   Background Vocals
Johnny Bamont   Baritone Saxophone
La-Rita Gaskins   Background Vocals
Chiquita Green   Background Vocals
Vadim Canby   Horn Engineer
Kathy Thomas   Violin
Jeff Leonard   Drums
Jake Evans   Background Vocals
Rick Morales   Percussion
Hulex Horns   Horn
Samoeun Cheng   Background Vocals
Chrysyn Harp   Viola
Eboni Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
Johnny Colla   Composer
Bobby Eli   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Marshall Thompson   Composer
Leslie Stanwyck   Composer
Johnny Gale   Arranger,Producer
Elaine Blackman   Composer
John Sinclair   Composer
Jonathan Greenfield   Executive Producer
Anthony Raynard Watson   Composer
Linda Sobo   Composer
Matthew Weiss   Engineer

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