These Are Special Times [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the wake of her Titanic success, Celine Dion produced two new albums for the holiday season of 1998. One was a new French album, and the other was These Are Special Times, her first Christmas album. These Are Special Times is an especially successful holiday album since Dion wisely balances popular carols ("The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Feliz Navidad") with new songs ("Don't Save It All for Christmas," the R. Kelly duet "I'm Your Angel"), hymns ("Ave Maria," "Adeste Fidelis"), and Christmas songs with a distinct religious theme ("O Holy Night," the Andrea Bocelli duet "The Prayer"). At times, the production is too slick, at other times Dion's vocals...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the wake of her Titanic success, Celine Dion produced two new albums for the holiday season of 1998. One was a new French album, and the other was These Are Special Times, her first Christmas album. These Are Special Times is an especially successful holiday album since Dion wisely balances popular carols ("The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Feliz Navidad") with new songs ("Don't Save It All for Christmas," the R. Kelly duet "I'm Your Angel"), hymns ("Ave Maria," "Adeste Fidelis"), and Christmas songs with a distinct religious theme ("O Holy Night," the Andrea Bocelli duet "The Prayer"). At times, the production is too slick, at other times Dion's vocals are a little mannered, but overall, These Are Special Times is very effective, because the songs are good and she's committed to the material. Any fan of Dion, or of '90s adult contemporary pop in general, should find this very enjoyable. [Sony's 2007 edition came packaged with a bonus, ten-track DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971557527
  • Catalog Number: 715575
  • Sales rank: 154,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O' Holy Night (5:19)
  2. 2 Don't Save It All for Christmas Day (4:37)
  3. 3 Blue Christmas (3:49)
  4. 4 Another Year Has Gone By (3:24)
  5. 5 The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone) (4:17)
  6. 6 Ave Maria (4:55)
  7. 7 Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) (4:44)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (4:13)
  9. 9 The Prayer (4:29)
  10. 10 Brahms' Lullaby (3:32)
  11. 11 Christmas Eve (4:16)
  12. 12 These Are the Special Times (4:08)
  13. 13 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (4:14)
  14. 14 I'm Your Angel - R. Kelly (5:31)
  15. 15 Feliz Navidad (3:41)
  16. 16 Les Cloches du Hameau (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Power of Love
  2. 2 Do You Hear What I Hear - Rosie O'Donnell
  3. 3 O' Holy Night
  4. 4 Because You Loved Me
  5. 5 Let's Talk About Love
  6. 6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  7. 7 My Heart Will Go On
  8. 8 The Prayer
  9. 9 Ave Maria
  10. 10 End Credits: Feliz Navidad/These Are the Special Times
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celine Dion Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Sharon Bryant Background Vocals
Louis Price Choir, Chorus
Martin Briley Background Vocals
John Chiodini Guitar, Electric Guitar
Yvonne Gage Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Ronn Huff Conductor
Maria Christensen Background Vocals
R. Kelly Track Performer
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Morgan Ames Background Vocals
Randy Andos Trombone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion, Background Vocals
Dick Bolks Background Vocals
Alexandra Brown Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant Choir, Chorus
Amick Byram Background Vocals
Richie Cannata Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Carmen Carter Choir, Chorus
Lafayette Carthon Keyboards, Background Vocals, Choir Conductor
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Donna Davidson Background Vocals
Shane Keister Piano, Synclavier
Chuck Domanico Bass
Gary Falcone Choir, Chorus
Bob Franceschini Alto Saxophone
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Roger Freeland Background Vocals
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Nikki Gregoroff Background Vocals
Gary Haase Bass Guitar
Linda Harmon Background Vocals
Loris Holland Conductor, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Choir Conductor
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Khris Kellow Background Vocals
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
Darlene Koldenhoven Background Vocals
Rick Logan Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Rob Mathes Conductor
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Chieli Minucci Guitar
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Jeffrey Morrow Background Vocals
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus
Shawn Pelton Drums
Jeffrey Ramsey Choir, Chorus
Anthony Ransom Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Johnny Rutledge Background Vocals
John Scarpula Baritone Saxophone
Marc Shulman Guitar
Ira Siegel Guitar
Steve Skinner Keyboards
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Terry Trotter Piano
Rob Trow Background Vocals
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Frank Vilardi Drums
Joan Walton Background Vocals
Spencer Washington Background Vocals
Cheryl Wilson Background Vocals
Elisabeth Withers Background Vocals
Steve Wolf Drums
Andrea Bocelli Track Performer
Diana Krall Piano
Elin Carlson Background Vocals
Susie Stevens Logan Background Vocals
Lisa Lougheed Background Vocals
Russ Desalvo Guitar
Steve Amerson Background Vocals
Phil Western Keyboards
Stevie Robinson Background Vocals
Nancey Jackson Background Vocals
Larry Salzman Guitar
Kamil Rustam Acoustic Guitar
Peter Zizzo Guitar
Jane Barnett Background Vocals
Ayuana George Background Vocals
Robert Bowker Background Vocals
Troy Bright Background Vocals
Cathy Richardson Background Vocals
Dana Callitri Background Vocals
Patrick Carroll Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Tom Rainer Synthesizer
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
John Scarpulla Baritone Saxophone
Chris "Box" Taylor Guitar
The Bill Harris Quintet Alto Saxophone
Latasha Jordon Background Vocals
Jonathan Mack Background Vocals
Robin Robinson Background Vocals
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Adolphe Adam Composer
Johannes Brahms Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
José Feliciano Composer
Celine Dion Composer
John Lennon Composer
Jennifer Rush Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, String Arrangements
Mel Tormé Composer
David Foster Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer, Producer
Tony Black Programming
Yoko Ono Composer
Ronn Huff Arranger, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Maria Christensen Composer
James Horner Composer
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jeff Bova Programming
Jimmy Bralower Programming, drum programming
Bob Cadway Engineer
Johnnie Carl Arranger
Shane Keister Arranger, Handbell Arrangement
Felipe Elgueta Programming, Engineer
Humberto Gatica Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Engineer
Jean-Jacques Goldman Composer
Loris Holland Vocal Arrangements
Will Jennings Composer
Eliot Kennedy Composer
John Kurlander Engineer
Vito Luprano Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel Orchestral Arrangements
Rob Mathes Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Olle Romo Programming
Al Schmitt Engineer
Steve Skinner Arranger, drum programming
Randy Staub Engineer
Rick Wake Arranger, Composer, Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Robert Wells Composer
George Whitty Engineer, keyboard arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
John Doelp Executive Producer
Dan Hetzel Engineer
Gunther Mende Composer
Russ Desalvo Arranger
Nancy Donald Art Direction
William Ross Arranger, Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Phil Western Programming, Engineer, String Arrangements
Rick Kerr Engineer
Candy Derouge Composer
Curt Frasca Composer
Gary Van Pelt Engineer
David Shackney Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi Engineer
Terence Dover Engineer
Tony Renis Producer, translation
Peter Zizzo Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Noel Regney Composer
Gloria Shayne Composer
Alberto Testa translation
Mary Susan Applegate Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Patrick Carroll drum programming
Chuck Taylor Liner Notes
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Dave Platel Management
Bill Hayes Composer
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