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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 are a ...
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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 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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646952320
  • Catalog Number: 69523

Album Credits

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
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
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
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
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
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, Contributor
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
Al Schmitt Engineer
Steve Skinner Arranger, drum programming
Randy Staub Engineer
Rick Wake Arranger, Composer, Producer, Contributor
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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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    what a nice collection...

    what a nice collection...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine Dion Christmas Album

    Outstanding....when will she make a second one! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LISTEN TO IT EVERY YEAR!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine is my angel for ever and ever.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No better way to get into the Holiday Spirit!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best christmas cd ever!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She gives it her ALL in each song!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine is the best!

    This album is one for the ages when it comes to Christmas music. Celine is as good as it gets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a big fan of Celine - but this album is GREAT!

    Not a big fan of Celine - but this album is GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best duet ''Prayer'' - Dion and Boscelli

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest voice

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine Dion Critic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Celine Dion's cd

    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!

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