Night Before Christmas, Vol. 2

The Night Before Christmas, Vol. 2

by Sounds of Blackness
     
 

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Sounds of Blackness released their first Christmas album, Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy, back in 1992. Produced by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, one of the most dominant urban production teams of the 1980s, it was full of the big, cavernous, and somewhat trippy R&B sound the duo specialized in,

Overview

Sounds of Blackness released their first Christmas album, Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy, back in 1992. Produced by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, one of the most dominant urban production teams of the 1980s, it was full of the big, cavernous, and somewhat trippy R&B sound the duo specialized in, and the result, at least to some ears, was more bombast than innovative, a problem that is at least somewhat addressed in Night Before Christmas, Vol. 2, which was recorded in 2004 with Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam notably not aboard. Sounds of Blackness specialize in what might be called urban fusion gospel with a strong theatric base, and for this holiday album they've turned up the percussion on everything, so these tracks fly along on enough energetic polyrhythms to keep Santa jivin' forever. Although it's a little disconcerting to hear "Silent Night" sung to looped drums, the truth is, somebody had to do it eventually, so why not Sounds of Blackness? One of the best tracks here is "Do the Funky Chitlin'," which is, well, hugely funky, if only marginally seasonal. The final three cuts are instrumental backing tracks, and they're wonderfully huge in sound, with massed horns and strong, bold string arrangements (especially the jazzy big-band take of "Holiday Love 2"). In the end, this second volume seems less forced and more fun that the first installment, and the omnipresent drums alone will get you dancing as you hang those stockings with ease.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Cc Ent / Copycats
UPC:
0707541839327
catalogNumber:
8393

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sounds of Blackness   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Tom Demer   Violin,Cello,Viola,Group Member
Robert Edwards   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
David Hurst   Vocals
Levi Seacer   Guitar,Group Member
Billy Steele   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Gary Hines   Keyboards,Group Member
Terry Garmon   Vocals
Louis J. Wilson   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Carrie Harrington   Alto (Vocal),Group Member
Terrence Frierson   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
David Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Angela Henderson   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Geoffrey Jones   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Daryl Boudreaux   Percussion,Group Member
Jayn Higgins   Soprano (Vocal),Group Member
Sandra Harris   Alto (Vocal),Group Member
Gregory Sears   Bass (Vocal),Narrator,Group Member
Camille Harrison   Vocals
Carrie M. Harrington   Vocals
Juan Carlos Navarro   Trombone,Group Member
Karl Demer   Vocals,Rap
Gordon Bruce   Bass (Vocal),Group Member
Bridget Dawkins   Vocals,Contralto (Vocal),Group Member
Cornisha Garmon   Vocals
Terrence "T-Bone" Frierson   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Franz Gruber   Composer
Tom Demer   drum programming
Gary Hines   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Quan Howell   Arranger
Louis J. Wilson   Art Direction
Otis Montgomery   Costume Design
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Karl Demer   Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Pam Pryor   Costume Design

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