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Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Bad Girl Sounds
  • UPC: 016581700024
  • Catalog Number: 17000
  • Sales rank: 60,381

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
The 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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