These Are Special Times

These Are Special Times

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by Celine Dion

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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,…  See more details below


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.

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Performance Credits

Celine Dion   Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Louis Price   Choir, Chorus
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Martin Briley   Background Vocals
John Chiodini   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
Michael Thompson   Electric Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Maria Christensen   Background Vocals
R. Kelly   Track Performer
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Morgan Ames   Background Vocals
Randy Andos   Trombone
Bashiri Johnson   Background Vocals
Dick Bolks   Background Vocals
Alexandra Brown   Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant   Choir, Chorus
Bob Buckley   Conductor
Amick Byram   Background Vocals
Richie Cannata   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Lafayette Carthon   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
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
Linda Harmon   Background Vocals
Loris Holland   Conductor,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Khris Kellow   Background Vocals
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Darlene Koldenhoven   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
Don Shelton   Background Vocals
Marc Shulman   Guitar
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Taylor   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
John West   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
Robert Moe   Background Vocals
Don Harris   Trumpet
Lisa Lougheed   Background Vocals
Bill Harris   Alto Saxophone
Russ Desalvo   Guitar
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
Vancouver Orchestra   Strings
Cathy Richardson   Background Vocals
Patrick Carroll   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Tom Rainer   Synthesizer
John Scarpulla   Baritone Saxophone
Randy Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Robin Robinson   Background Vocals
Stephen Amerson   Background Vocals
Rich Logan   Background Vocals
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Johannes Brahms   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
José Feliciano   Composer
Celine Dion   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Producer
Tony Black   Programming
Yoko Ono   Composer
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Maria Christensen   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Bova   Programming
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Bob Buckley   String Arrangements
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Johnnie Carl   Arranger
Shane Keister   Arranger,Handbell Arrangement
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Loris Holland   Vocal Arrangements
Eliot Kennedy   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Vito Luprano   Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel   Orchestral Arrangements
Rob Mathes   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Olle Romo   Programming
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
Crystal Cathedral Choir   Contributor
John Doelp   Executive Producer
Dan Hetzel   Engineer
Stephen George   Programming
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Hooshik   Art Direction
Phil Western   Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements
Rick Kerr   Engineer
Curt Frasca   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Gary Van Pelt   Engineer
David Shackney   Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi   Engineer
Terence Dover   Engineer
Tony Renis   Producer,translation
John Francis Wade   Composer
Peter Zizzo   Arranger,Composer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Alberto Testa   translation
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Patrick Carroll   drum programming
Jay Johnson   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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These Are Special Times 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
celineM More than 1 year ago
what a nice collection...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Celine's cd rocks! I love her music because it is pop music and I like all pop music and because her voice is so cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I on one hand love Celine Dion's voice and on the other question her choices of songs but in this case there is absolutely no question in my mind that this Christmas album is the best ever...from ''The Christmas'' song to ''Feliz Navidad'' when she sings with her own family it is spectacular. Sure to bring warmth to any home during the holidays or when you need a little reminder of The Christmas Spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Celine Dion and I think she is the greatest singer in the world. I find peace and comfort when i listen to her music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most touching duets I have ever heard. The pairing of Dion and Boscelli in the Prayer is superb and literally brings ''tears and chills'' when I hear it. I play this over and over again and to get the full impact, it must be played with the volume turned up HIGH. My all time favorite and it is too bad this recording is not on a single.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album but I also need to see if anyone knows whether you can get Oh Holy Night on accompaniment tape. I have searched stores and no one knows! This version of Oh Holy Night is the most beautiful one that I have heard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one for the ages when it comes to Christmas music. Celine is as good as it gets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a big fan of Celine - but this album is GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Celine's CD is fabulous. From the first song to the last, it is a fluid mix of beautiful songs to get you and keep you in the spirit of Christmas. I absolutely love it and even find myself listening throughout the year, not just at Christmas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until today I would have to say I would never have purchased a CD from this artist. But Celine Dion's Christmas CD is excellent and a must have for the holidays. What sets this apart from her Top 40 material is her understated delivery of the songs. Ms. Dion shows great depth and understanding of the music she is singing in this package. It is rare that an artist can take songs made classic by others or songs we have heard recorded by so many and may them her own. Celine's version of "Blue Christmas" is awesome and will send chills down your spine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i Love Celine dion's christmas album.All the songs on this album are beautiful and wonderful. My favorite songs are the prayer, o Holy Night and God bless us everyone. I reccommed this album to anyone.It will get you into the christmas spirt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Celine´s holiday album is awesome all the songs are great and no one can bring powersongs like she does her big 7-8 range voice shines through each note on this album. My favorit songs on this album are all the songs and i will write them down for you. 1.O Holy Night a powerful ballad Celine brings high notes that only angels can deliver a beautiful holiday classic. 2.Don´t save It All For Christmas Day Celine co-wrote this song one on of the few songs she has ever written with Peter Zizzo and Ric wake her longtime producers this song is a beautiful popballad one of my fave on the album. 3.Blue Christmas a beautiful holiday classic. 4.Another Year Has gone By written and produced by Bryan Adams a great song co-written by Eliot Kennedy. 5.The Magic Of Christmas Day one of my fave songs on the album. 6.Ave Maria a pure gospel sound of song Celine brings so much power in this song her voice is awesome and i´ve heard many types of this holiday classic and no one does it better than Celine and Barbra Streisand. 7.Adeste Fideles O come Ye All faithful a beautiful song wow In the end Celine brings high notes like an angel i´ve never heard any one sing this holiday classic like she does and she is the best. 8.The Christmas Song Chestnut On A Roasting Fire a great classic so awesome i love it. 9.The Prayer written by David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager a duet with Andrea Bocelli this song is just awesome it was a Grammy Winner in 1999. 10.Brahms´Lullaby a sweet song Celine sings in french and english in it. 11.Ghristmas Eve a pop song one of my fave on the album. 12.These Are The Special Times a beautiful ballad Written by Diane Warren. 13.Happy XMas The war Is Over a cover of John Lennon´s Yoko Ono´s song The War Is Over Celine does this so well. 14.I´M Your Angel written and produced by R,NB Star R Kelly and he sings with her on this awesome power ballad the song is a number #1hit single i love this song it´s so beautiful. 15.Feliz Navidad Celine performs with her family a great song. 16.Les Cloches Du Hameau another song with her family in french. This album is the best holiday album ever with another favorit of mine Merry Christmas with Mariah Carey. Celine works with longtime producers of hers David Foster and Ric Wake on most of the songs and Bryan Adams and R Kelly.They give her all the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. it's one of my favorites of celine because it shows the most amazing vocals performances.this album soars and will put you in the spirit of Noel.
StormyLyn More than 1 year ago
Outstanding....when will she make a second one! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love this album i listen to it every christmas my favorit songs are the album version,O Holy Night,Don´t Save It All For Christmas Day,Ave Maria,Christmas Eve,Happy Xmas War Is Over,Adeste Fideles and the duets With Andrea Bocelli and R Kelly. Celine sounds terrific on this album her voice is so powerful that she will take your breath away I Recommend this holiday album to all Celine fans and non fans this is a beautiful album the best holiday album ever with another fave of mine Mariah Carey´s Merry Christmas.
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