This Christmas

This Christmas

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by John Travolta
     
 

When your first single from the Grease album, the biggest movie musical of all time, is chart-topping “You’re the One That I Want, and it becomes the best-selling duet in pop music history - that’s a tough act to follow. But almost 35 years later, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have combined their iconic voices for This Christmas, available November 13 from… See more details below

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When your first single from the Grease album, the biggest movie musical of all time, is chart-topping “You’re the One That I Want, and it becomes the best-selling duet in pop music history - that’s a tough act to follow. But almost 35 years later, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have combined their iconic voices for This Christmas, available November 13 from Universal Music Enterprises. A true labor of love made specifically for “the giving season,” Travolta and Newton-John will donate the artist proceeds from the album equally to their respective charities, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

One of the highlights of the album is the one original song, the aptly titled “I Think You Might Like It.” This is the sequel to John and Olivia’s Grease smash, “You’re the One That I Want,” a new tune by that song’s writer/producer John Farrar, marking yet another This Christmas-spawned reunion. “John Farrar was just as hard on me now as he was then,” laughs Travolta. “We went for perfection on it.” “It was really fun to do that,” says Olivia. “If it wasn’t for that song, we wouldn’t be here talking about it 30 years later.”

Produced by veteran keyboardist/arranger/orchestrator Randy Waldman, This Christmas is the audio equivalent of those classic network TV specials hosted from the stars’ homes, an intimate, warm set of traditional holiday songs from an all-star lineup that includes Barbra Streisand (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”), Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra (“Winter Wonderland”), James Taylor (“Deck the Halls”), Chick Corea (“This Christmas”), Kenny G (“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”), Cliff Richard (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and the original “I Think You Might Like It” by writer/producer John Farrar.

The idea for the collection came from Travolta after receiving a Christmastime text from his old friend Olivia noting that their 1978 smash, “You’re the One That I Want,” had just become the best-selling duet in pop music history. “From the moment we decided to do this, magic happened,” says Travolta. “Everyone we contacted agreed to do it.”

“It just fell into place,” added Newton-John, a four-time Grammy® winner, who has scored five No. 1 singles and two chart-topping albums, selling a total of more than 100 million albums worldwide. “With our busy schedules, I don’t know how we got it done. John and I have always connected. That’s never gone away. When we’re together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We’ve been through some amazing experiences together.”

“My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy,” says Travolta, who early in his career was featured as an actor/singer/dancer with the touring company of Grease. “I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration. Gathering around house listening to Christmas music has always been an important part of that time of the year to my family.”

But the real importance of This Christmas is the money it will raise to fund Travolta and Newton-John’s charities - one to combat children’s disabilities, including autism and seizures, named after John’s late son, Jett; the other to help search for a cure for cancer and to help victims of the disease.

“We all felt a wonderful, joyful energy while recording this album,” adds Olivia. “We want to make a lot of people smile and happy. It’s a project that we’re hoping turns into a perennial, one that can continue to raise money for these causes year after year, a gift that keeps on giving.”

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Longtime friends and long-ago Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John chose to team up once again in 2012, this time for a Christmas album designed to benefit their respective charities, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center and the Jett Travolta Foundation. So, This Christmas is camp for a cause, a cheerful celebration of the familiar trappings of the season. There are friends by the busload -- Cliff Richard, Chick Corea, Barbra Streisand, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, and James Taylor all pop in for a tune -- there's a production as clean and crisp as newly fallen snow, there's as much cheesy Christmas cheer as a stack of reindeer sweaters sitting underneath a plastic Christmas tree. Musically, the only left turn arrives in the amiably rocking new song "I Think You Might Like It" -- its guitars sound randier than the rest of the record but that's certainly on a relative scale -- otherwise these are songs you know by heart, all sung with a visible smile that's either ingratiating or insufferably, unwittingly campy, depending on your perspective. The thing of it is, This Christmas winds up serving both audiences equally well: it'll brighten the season of fans who take this at face value, and for those looking for a ridiculous dose of celeb Christmas cheer, Travolta's asides to "Liv" will more than fulfill their needs.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602537174553
catalogNumber:
001762402
Rank:
199746

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Travolta   Primary Artist
Kenny G   Tenor Saxophone
Monty Alexander   Piano,Group Member
Larry Goldings   Harmonium
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
John Farrar   Guitar
Charlie Bisharat   Fiddle,Violin,Soloist
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Rev. Dave Boruff   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
George Doering   Guitar
Christine Ermacoff   Celli
Brandon Fields   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Group Member
Juliann French   Violin
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Harold Jones   Drums,Group Member
Paul Langosch   Bass,Group Member
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals
Bob McChesney   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Robin Olson   Violin
Carol Pool   Violin
Gray Sargent   Guitar,Group Member
Randy Waldman   Organ,Piano,Conductor,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Carlos del Puerto   Bass
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Shawn Mann   Viola
Sam Farrar   Bass
Timothy Loo   Cello,Celli,Soloist
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Christian Hebel   Violin
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Jen Kuhn   Celli
Alwyn Wright   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Heather Clark   Flute
Bernadette Avila   Oboe
Charley Davis   Trumpet,Group Member
Carrie Holzman   Viola
John Robinson   Drums
Lisa Donglinger   Violin
Chris Bleuth   Irish Whistle
Anatoly Rosinski   Violin
Christmas Horns   Horn

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
James Taylor   Arranger,Producer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
John Farrar   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Dave Grusin   Arranger,Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Lee Musiker   Musical Director
Phil Ramone   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Randy Waldman   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Dick Smith   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Sam Farrar   Programming
Mark Hartley   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Darwin Best   Engineer
Bill Hughes   Orchestra Director
Bob Wells   Composer
Donnie Pitts   Composer
Aaron Woodward   Additional Production
Tony Bennett Quartet   Instrumentation
Christmas Horn Section   Instrumentation

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