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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album is designed almost exclusively for his adult contemporary constituency, the vocalist still manages to light up most of the obviousness of these standards with his trademark gritty soul and flair for inflection. Opening with the grandeur of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" and "Silent Night," the album is awash in rich reds and golds almost immediately. But Diamond has fun with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," loosening up with a harmonica solo and a busy, up-tempo arrangement, and "Jingle Bell Rock" does just that with a 1950s doo wop vibe. These moves count as big risks on an album that otherwise tries on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album is designed almost exclusively for his adult contemporary constituency, the vocalist still manages to light up most of the obviousness of these standards with his trademark gritty soul and flair for inflection. Opening with the grandeur of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" and "Silent Night," the album is awash in rich reds and golds almost immediately. But Diamond has fun with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," loosening up with a harmonica solo and a busy, up-tempo arrangement, and "Jingle Bell Rock" does just that with a 1950s doo wop vibe. These moves count as big risks on an album that otherwise tries on every possible Christmas album cliché: children's choirs and histrionic adult ones, crashing cymbals, and tasteful piano that's as warm as a fireplace in December. Thankfully, even when the choirs threaten to outdo him, Diamond keeps the focus on his famous singing voice. A stirring a capella version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is a good example of this, and one of The Christmas Album's standouts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645291420
  • Catalog Number: 52914
  • Sales rank: 1,093

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Andrew Gold Acoustic Guitar
Ambrosian Singers Choir, Chorus
LA Mass Choir Choir, Chorus
Doug Anderson Vocals
Peter Asher Trombone, Drums, Tambourine
Robbie Buchanan Piano, Keyboards
David Campbell Conductor
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Fisher Percussion
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Gene Morford Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
Louis Gutierrez Guitar, Soloist
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Warren Ham Harmonica
Dan Jordan Vocals
Jon Joyce Vocals, Background Vocals
Raven Kane Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Alan Lindgren Piano
Bob Magnusson Upright Bass
Bob Mann Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Joseph Powell Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman Vocals, Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Waddy Wachtel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Jim Kline Vocals
Pete Neushul Vocals
Ladd Thomas Organ
139th Street Quartet Group
Jimmy Johnson Bass
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Neil Diamond Adaptation
Salvatore Bonafede Personal Manager
LA Mass Choir Choral Adaptation
Franz Gruber Composer
Peter Asher Producer, drum programming, Rhythm Track Arrangement, Percussion Programming
David Campbell Arranger, String Arrangements, Adaptation, Brass Arrangment, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Ray Evans Composer
Raven Kane Choir Contractor
Nathaniel Kunkel Contributor
Alan Lindgren Arranger
Jay Livingston Composer
George Marino Mastering
John McCarthy Director
Donald Taylor Director
Frank Wolf Engineer
Charles Wesley Composer
David Kirschner Art Direction
Robert Prizeman Director
Eugene Adebari Cover Photo
Joseph Mohr Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Dan Jordan Contributor
139th Street Quartet Arranger
Traditional Composer
Jim Morey Personal Manager
Barber Shop Quartet Contributor
Sandy Gallin Personal Manager
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