The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Capitalizing on the unexpected success of the group's debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, Sounds of Blackness delivered The Night Before Christmas in late 1992, just in time for the holiday season. It's fairly safe to consider this a rushed project. Sounds of Blackness were still riding high on the success of singles like "Optimistic" and "Testify" at the time, and, if anything, this album kept the group in the spotlight for a few more months. In retrospect, there's nothing particularly amazing about this album. The group quickly treads through a number of holiday favorites, never devoting more than a couple minutes to each particular song. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Capitalizing on the unexpected success of the group's debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, Sounds of Blackness delivered The Night Before Christmas in late 1992, just in time for the holiday season. It's fairly safe to consider this a rushed project. Sounds of Blackness were still riding high on the success of singles like "Optimistic" and "Testify" at the time, and, if anything, this album kept the group in the spotlight for a few more months. In retrospect, there's nothing particularly amazing about this album. The group quickly treads through a number of holiday favorites, never devoting more than a couple minutes to each particular song. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were signed on as producers, which makes this album noteworthy to a certain extent, yet the dynamic duo don't deliver the sort of genius production you'd expect from them. Overall, The Night Before Christmas sounds like a half-hearted effort. And even though the group's intentions seem in place, giving the album a truly spiritual feel, the execution seems a bit too casual to be truly moving. This is one you might want to pass on until you've explored Sounds of Blackness' other '90s albums first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1992
  • Label: Perspective Records
  • UPC: 731454900027
  • Catalog Number: 549000

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sounds of Blackness Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Bill Smith Narrator
Jamecia Bennett Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal), Rap
Core Cotton Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Robert Edwards Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
LaSalle Gabriel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
Valerie Johnson Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Wanda Lewis Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal)
Larry Sims Trumpet, Piccolo, Piccolo Trumpet
Billy Steele Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Lance Alexander Multi Instruments
Dorothy Brown Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Gary Hines Percussion, Conductor, Drums, Keyboards, Recorder, Narrator
Prof. T. Multi Instruments
Jennifer Whitlock Vocals, Voices, Alto (Vocal), Monologue
Kevin Whitlock Percussion
Bradley Yost Recorder
Shirley Marie Graham Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Franklin Wharton Flute, Alto Saxophone
Louis J. Wilson Horn, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Trenon Graham Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Carrie Harrington Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Ann Bennett-Nesby Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal), Dialogue
Michael L. Bowens Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Terrence Frierson Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Patricia Lacy Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Beverly Mahto Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy Shelby Soprano (Vocal), Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy J. Townes Alto (Vocal)
Cheryl D. Warder-Reeves Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal)
David Wright III Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone
Rojeem Taylor Tenor (Vocal)
Freddie Winston Bass (Vocal)
Rev. Joseph Young Jr. Bass
Elizabeth J. Turner Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal)
Angela Henderson Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal)
James "Big Jim" Wright Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
Renee McCall Vocals
Alecia Russell Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Sandra Harris Vocals, Sopranino, Soprano (Vocal)
David B. Young Bass (Vocal)
Russell Knighton Vocals
Jayne Bell Vocals
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Sounds of Blackness Contributor
William James Kirkpatrick Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Executive Producer
Terry Lewis Producer, Executive Producer
David Rideau Engineer
Lance Alexander Contributor
Gary Hines Arranger, Director, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Stuart Watson Cover Photo
Rowan Moore Art Direction
Ginger Commodore Arranger
Bradley Yost Producer, Engineer
Louis J. Wilson Contributor, Horn Arrangements
Carrie Harrington Producer
Dorothy J. Townes Contributor
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Traditional Composer
James R. Murray Composer
John Thomas McFarland Composer
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