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This Is the Time: The Christmas Album

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Bolton gave notice of his seasonal intentions in 1992 when he included "White Christmas" on his covers album Timeless The Classics. In 1996, he continued to forestall the necessity of following up the commercially disappointing 1993 album The One Thing having previously delivered a hits collection in '95 by issuing a full-length Christmas album. Christmas discs tend to mix the lighthearted with the reverent, and while Bolton could certainly be solemn enough if characteristically overwrought to turn in an acceptable "Silent Night," his takes on holiday fare intended to emphasize the fun side of the season came off as a little intense. Demonstrating his new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Michael Bolton gave notice of his seasonal intentions in 1992 when he included "White Christmas" on his covers album Timeless The Classics. In 1996, he continued to forestall the necessity of following up the commercially disappointing 1993 album The One Thing having previously delivered a hits collection in '95 by issuing a full-length Christmas album. Christmas discs tend to mix the lighthearted with the reverent, and while Bolton could certainly be solemn enough if characteristically overwrought to turn in an acceptable "Silent Night," his takes on holiday fare intended to emphasize the fun side of the season came off as a little intense. Demonstrating his new interest in the operatic tenor range, Bolton duetted with Placido Domingo on "Ave Maria."..and he included two newly written Christmas songs...On the whole, as Christmas albums go, This Is the Time came under the heading of "If you like Michael Bolton..." The album was released as a "CD Extra" featuring multimedia information for computer users that included a video of Bolton performing his mournful version of "White Christmas" live, plus a sneak preview of Bolton's upcoming CD-ROM containing a discography, an excerpt of a music video of "Said I Loved You...But I Lied," a little backstage footage from a documentary, and information about Bolton's charitable foundation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886970203425
  • Catalog Number: 1112752
  • Sales rank: 3,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Silent Night (4:06)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:06)
  3. 3 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (4:02)
  4. 4 Joy to the World (4:07)
  5. 5 Ava Maria - Plácido Domingo (4:42)
  6. 6 The Christmas Song (4:10)
  7. 7 O Holy Night (4:54)
  8. 8 White Christmas (3:44)
  9. 9 This Is the Time - Wynonna (4:06)
  10. 10 Love Is the Power (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bolton Primary Artist, Vocals
Sam Bush Violin
Ray Kelley Cello
Ada Dyer Background Vocals
Gary Foster Woodwind
Jim Walker Flute
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
John Chiodini Guitar
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ
Plácido Domingo Vocals, Track Performer
Richard Todd French Horn
Keith Thomas Guitar
Elizabeth Wilson Violin
Bob Adcock Cello
Israel Baker Violin
Larry Batiste Choir, Chorus
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Larry Bunker Percussion, Vibes
Jodi Burnett Cello
Russ Cantor Violin
Mark Cargill Violin
Gene Cipriano Clarinet
Jon Clarke Woodwind
Ronald Cooper Cello
Larry Corbett Cello
Rollice Dale Viola
Isabelle Daskoff Violin
Yvette Devereaux Violin
Chuck Domanico Bass
Assa Drori Violin
Bob Efford Clarinet
Arni Egilsson Bass
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Jerry Epstein Viola
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Henry Ferber Violin
Ronald Folsom Violin
Frederick Seykora Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Harris Goldman Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Cynthia Green Choir, Chorus
Sandy Griffith Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sol Gubin Drums
Peter Hatch Viola
Gwen Heller Violin
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Byron House Bass
Dann Huff Guitar
Lisa Johnson Violin
Wynonna Judd Track Performer
Anne Karam Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Terrance Kelly Choir, Chorus
Randy Kerber Electric Piano
Valarie King Flute
Bill Lane French Horn
Michael Lang Piano
Brian Leonard Violin
Norma Leonard Violin
Dane Little Cello
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Michael Markman Violin
Miguel Martinez Cello
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Edward Meares Bass
Betty Moor Violin
Cynthia Morrow Viola
Carole Mukogawa Viola
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Irma Neumann Violin
Jack Nimitz Woodwind
Don Palmer Violin
Claudia Parducci Violin
Joel Peskin Woodwind
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Jimbo Ross Viola
Daniel Rothmuller Cello
Brenda Roy Choir, Chorus
Marc Russo Tenor Saxophone
Bob Sanov Violin
Dan Shea Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Amy Shulman Harp
Tina Soule Cello
Eve Sprecher Violin
Margaret Storer Bass
Linn Subotnick Viola
Robert Sushel Violin
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Gerald Vinci Violin, Concert Master
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Dorothy Wade Violin
Hershel Wise Viola
Shari Zippert Violin
Dixie Blackstone Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Yoko Matsuda Violin
Dave Stone Bass
Darlene Coleman Choir, Chorus
Michael Ferril Violin
Ray Kelly Cello
Fred Selden Flute
Conesha Owens Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Marie Fera Cello
Suzie Katayama Cello
Mark Baranov Violin
Peter Doubrovsky Bass
Walter Afanasieff Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Synclavier, Synthesizer Bass
Reg Hill Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Chris Kolgaard Bass
Marty Kristall Woodwind
Laura Kuennen-Poper Viola
Mari Tsumura-Botnick Violin
Nicolas Bearde Choir, Chorus
Tina Gibson Choir, Chorus
Betty Moore Violin
Andre Hughes Choir, Chorus
Dave Rockin Duke French Horn
Mark Taylor French Horn
Mike McKnight Synthesizer
Sam Karam Clarinet
Jeffrey DeRosa French Horn
James Atkinson French Horn
David Duke French Horn
Donald Ashworth Woodwind
Marc Sazer Violin
Raymond Tischer Viola
Calvin Smith French Horn
Michael Ramos Viola
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Michael Bolton Arranger, Producer
Mel Tormé Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Colin Towns Composer
Ronn Huff String Arrangements, String Conductor
Keith Thomas Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Piano Programming
Franz Gruber Composer
Mariah Carey Arranger
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
David Gleeson Engineer
Carl Gorodetzky String Contractor
Mark Hammond drum programming
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Louis Levin Director, Direction
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
John Richards Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Dan Shea Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Orchestra Production
Isaac Watts Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Bill Whittington Engineer
Ellen Fitton Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Lowell Mason Composer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Choir Arrangement
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Grace Row Vocal Producer
Jan Fairchild Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Tim Wood Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Joseph Mohr Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Mike McKnight Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing voice

    This is my very favorite Christmas album - I even play it in July ! Michael Bolton's rich, powerful voice is full of emotion and he positively soars on Ave Maria with Placido Domingo . This is the Time ,the duet with Wynnona Judd, is stirring and heartfelt - O Holy Night and Silent Night are reminiscent of a choir-filled Church on Christmas mornings . There is also holly-jolly traditional Christmas fare such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Joy to the World , but the slow ballad-like songs are what makes this Christmas album a winner .

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