Songs of December

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Christmas albums are often festive and cheery, but Paul Anka's Songs of December takes a different approach. It's certainly a warm and inviting listen, but this is the album to play in front of a crackling fire on a winter's night -- Anka favors the meaningful ballad, with every note treasured, rather than the jingling carol with sleigh bells on every track. Helping him in this endeavor is a series of the best arrangers in the business, including David Foster, Johnny Mandel, and Chris Walden. Beginning with "Let It Snow," which is often taken at a brisk pace, Anka positively revels in a soft, slow, yet beaming chart. The strings are top-flight, with flutes and other woodwinds...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Christmas albums are often festive and cheery, but Paul Anka's Songs of December takes a different approach. It's certainly a warm and inviting listen, but this is the album to play in front of a crackling fire on a winter's night -- Anka favors the meaningful ballad, with every note treasured, rather than the jingling carol with sleigh bells on every track. Helping him in this endeavor is a series of the best arrangers in the business, including David Foster, Johnny Mandel, and Chris Walden. Beginning with "Let It Snow," which is often taken at a brisk pace, Anka positively revels in a soft, slow, yet beaming chart. The strings are top-flight, with flutes and other woodwinds providing their flair. "The Christmas Song" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" are similarly winsome and textured, and Anka never raises the tempo throughout the entire set, which completely radiates confidence and makes this a statement album (note the title) rather than just another Christmas album because management or label suggested it. Anka's in superb voice, as strong as singers one-third his age, but with the gravity and power of a man who's been performing as long as there have been Christmas LPs to listen to and treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527847429
  • Catalog Number: 001622902
  • Sales rank: 195,272

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Anka Primary Artist
Richard Todd French Horn
Kevin Axt Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Ray Brinker Drums
Darius Campo Violin
Mark Cargill Violin
Gene Cipriano Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet
Ronald Clark Violin
Jon Crosse Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Joel Derouin Violin
Yvette Devereaux Violin
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Charles Everett Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gary Herbig Flute, Alto Flute
Alan Kaplan Bass Trombone
Roland Kato Viola
Peter Kent Violin
Randy Kerber Piano
Miran Kojian Violin
Michael Lang Piano
Miguel Martinez Cello
Bob McChesney Trombone
Edward Meares String Bass
Joe Meyer French Horn
Jorge Moraga Viola
Dean Parks Guitar
Jimbo Ross Viola
Bob Zimitti Percussion
Shari Zippert Violin
Joan Elardo Flute, Alto Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Gayle Levant Harp
Tom Boyd English Horn, Oboe
Suzie Katayama Cello
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charlie Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Norman Ludwin String Bass
Chris Walden Flugelhorn, Soloist
Don Shelton Flute, Alto Flute
Craig Woods Trombone
Becky Bunnell Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Marda Todd Viola
Steve Richards Cello
Joel Pargman Violin
Graham Dechter Guitar
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Matt Cooker Cello
Steven Becknell French Horn
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Pip Clarke Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Heather Clark Flute, Alto Flute, Soloist
Valerie King Flute, Alto Flute
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Paul Anka Producer, Liner Notes
Mel Tormé Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
David Foster Arranger
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer, Lyricist
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer, Lyricist
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Hugh Martin Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Robert Wells Composer
George Wyle Composer
Dick Smith Composer, Lyricist
Pat Williams Arranger
Ralph Blane Composer
Steve Genewick Engineer
Chris Walden Arranger
Al Bryan Composer
Susan Michalek Art Direction
Jay Johnson Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Jochem van der Saag Vocal Engineer
Eddie Pola Composer
Billy Hayes Composer
Lawrence Stock Composer
Randy Lennox Executive Producer
Jule Stein Composer
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