This Christmas

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The obvious title here would have been Wreatha Now, but Aretha opted to follow in the footsteps of at least 20 other artists by going with This Christmas as the title of her first Christmas album. Apart from the Donny Hathaway/Nadine McKinnor-written title track, a duet with her son Edward that is both sweet and playful (at one point, Aretha interjects, "Eddie, you mustn't upstage mom with those high notes"), the disc is filled mostly with the spiritual and relatively serious side of holiday material. The likes of "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" are given the kind of treatment only Aretha could grant, though ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The obvious title here would have been Wreatha Now, but Aretha opted to follow in the footsteps of at least 20 other artists by going with This Christmas as the title of her first Christmas album. Apart from the Donny Hathaway/Nadine McKinnor-written title track, a duet with her son Edward that is both sweet and playful (at one point, Aretha interjects, "Eddie, you mustn't upstage mom with those high notes"), the disc is filled mostly with the spiritual and relatively serious side of holiday material. The likes of "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" are given the kind of treatment only Aretha could grant, though it should be noted that there are moments where you might feel stuck inside the Aretha Melismatorium. It's not all reverence and reflection: best of all is a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" that can only be termed "personalized."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 643027817123
  • Catalog Number: 516593
  • Sales rank: 129,960

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Bill Meyers Conductor
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
H.B. Barnum Conductor
Bridgette Bryant Choir, Chorus
Alvin Chea Choir, Chorus
Luis Conte Percussion
Nathan East Bass, Bass Guitar
Lynne Fiddmont Choir, Chorus
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Wendy Fraser Choir, Chorus
Richard Gibbs Piano
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Clydene Jackson Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
Arthur Marbury Drums
Michito Sánchez Percussion
Onita Sanders Harp
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie Conductor, Choir, Chorus, Choir Conductor
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Terry Wood Choir, Chorus
Susie Stevens Logan Choir, Chorus
Dorian Holly Choir, Chorus
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards
Darryl Houston Organ
Gerald White Choir, Chorus
Timothy Heintz Keyboards
Teddy Richards White Guitar
Shellyn Ponder Background Vocals
Onita Sanders Harp
Matt Dahlgren Guitar
Darryl Houston Organ
Arthur Marbury Drums
Charles Craig Bass Guitar
The Fire Choir Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Gounod Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Aretha Franklin Arranger, Producer, Adaptation, Audio Production
Donny Hathaway Composer
Tim Heintz Arranger
Bill Meyers Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Engelbert Humperdinck Composer
David Foster Composer
Clement C. Moore Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Alvin Chea Librettist
Tena Clark Producer, Audio Production
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Michael J. Powell Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering, Remastering
Fonzi Thornton Arranger
Carmen Twillie Arranger, Choir Arrangement
Terry Wood Choir Contractor
Charles Wesley Composer
Todd Fairall Engineer
Steve Genewick Programming, Digital Editing
James "Big Jim" Wright Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Traditional Composer
James Chadwick Composer
Edward Franklin Composer
Timothy Heintz Arranger
Jeannie Tenney Composer
Josef Mohr Composer
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