Very Special Christmas, Vols. 1-2

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All Music Guide - Dennis MacDonald
Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, these first two installations in the long-running Very Special Christmas series have some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may lead you toward the dancefloor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby." The second ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dennis MacDonald
Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, these first two installations in the long-running Very Special Christmas series have some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may lead you toward the dancefloor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby." The second volume contains some great songs, most notably Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Christmas All Over Again" -- this is jingle-jangle pop at its best. Boyz II Men wrap their a cappella voices around "The Birth of Christ," and the two Wall of Sound standouts, Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector, bring their powerful voices together for the first time on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Bonnie Raitt duets with Charles Brown on his sexy "Merry Christmas Baby," while Aretha Franklin shows why she's called the Queen of Soul on "O Christmas Tree."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602527504100
  • Catalog Number: 001482900
  • Sales rank: 14,002


Disc 1
  1. 1 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Pointer Sisters (3:22)
  2. 2 Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics (3:35)
  3. 3 Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston (3:32)
  4. 4 Merry Christmas Baby - The E Street Band (4:55)
  5. 5 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Pretenders (4:28)
  6. 6 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Cougar Mellencamp (2:39)
  7. 7 Gabriel's Message - Sting (2:13)
  8. 8 Christmas in Hollis - Run-D.M.C. (2:59)
  9. 9 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2 (2:20)
  10. 10 Santa Baby - Madonna (2:34)
  11. 11 The Little Drummer Boy - The Silver Bullet Band (3:32)
  12. 12 Run Rudolph Run (2:43)
  13. 13 I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - Bon Jovi (4:28)
  14. 14 The Coventry Carol - Alison Moyet (3:24)
  15. 15 Silent Night - Stevie Nicks (4:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (4:14)
  2. 2 Jingle Bell Rock - Randy Travis (4:00)
  3. 3 The Christmas Song - Luther Vandross (4:29)
  4. 4 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Cyndi Lauper (2:36)
  5. 5 The Birth of Christ - Boyz II Men (2:49)
  6. 6 Please Come Home for Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi (2:52)
  7. 7 What Christmas Means to Me - Paul Young (2:53)
  8. 8 O Christmas Tree - Aretha Franklin (3:34)
  9. 9 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Darlene Love (2:48)
  10. 10 White Christmas - Michael Bolton (3:39)
  11. 11 Christmas Is - Run-D.M.C. (3:19)
  12. 12 Christmas Time Again - Extreme (5:06)
  13. 13 Merry Christmas Baby - Bonnie Raitt (4:32)
  14. 14 O Holy Night - Tevin Campbell (2:45)
  15. 15 Sleigh Ride - Debbie Gibson (3:12)
  16. 16 What Child Is This? - Vanessa Williams (4:09)
  17. 17 Blue Christmas - Ann Wilson (3:48)
  18. 18 Silent Night - Wilson Phillips (3:03)
  19. 19 I Believe in You - Sinéad O'Connor (5:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Christmas in Hollis - Run-D.M.C.
  2. 2 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
  3. 3 Oi to the World - No Doubt
  4. 4 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Mellencamp
  5. 5 Gabriel's Message - Sting
  6. 6 Please Come Home for Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi
  7. 7 What Child Is This? - Vanessa Williams
  8. 8 Christmas Tears - Eric Clapton
  9. 9 O Holy Night - Tracy Chapman
  10. 10 Run Rudolph Run - Sheryl Crow
  11. 11 Little Drummer Boy/Hot Hot Hot - Wyclef Jean
  12. 12 Merry Christmas Baby - Wyclef Jean
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Brown Piano
Nancy Wilson Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jon Bon Jovi Acoustic Guitar
Nils Lofgren Guitar
Jeff Lynne Bass, Background Vocals, Timpani
Robbie Nevil Background Vocals
Tom Petty Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Omar Hakim Drums
Marty Krystall Saxophone
Greg Mathieson Synthesizer
Lisa Germano Fiddle
Clarence Clemons Saxophone
Don Felder Guitar
Gene Page Conductor
Ronnie Spector Vocals
Mike Campbell Bass, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Rick Vito Guitar
Darlene Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Annie Lennox Keyboards
Brad Dutz Percussion
Edna Wright Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Pat Badger Bass, Background Vocals
Glen Ballard Keyboards
Benmont Tench Piano, Keyboards
Tal Bergman Drums
Nuno Bettencourt Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rayse Biggs Trumpet
Gaylord Birch Drums
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Roy Bittan Piano
Johnny Blitz Keyboards
Robbie Blunt Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Don Brewer Drums
Rosemary Butler Background Vocals
Danny Caron Guitar
John Cascella Accordion
Lenny Castro Percussion
Sharon Celani Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Gary Cherone Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Jervonny Collier Bass
Jody Cortez Drums
Jim Cox Piano
Larry Crane Guitar
Bryce Cranston Synthesizer
Laura Creamer Background Vocals
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Blair Cunningham Drums
Mickey Curry Drums
Ricoh Cymone Choir, Chorus
Donna Davidson Background Vocals
Ruth Davies Bass
Lynn Davis Choir, Chorus
Richard Dodd Background Vocals
Kevin Dukes Acoustic Guitar
Ami Egelson Bass
David Ervin Keyboards
Richard Feldman Keyboards
David Finck Bass
Mitchell Froom Organ, Harpsichord
Craig Frost Piano
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Paul Geary Drums, Background Vocals
John Gilutin Keyboards
Bob Glaub Bass
Sol Gubin Drums
Richie Hayward Drums
Jerry Hey Conductor
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Doc Powell Guitar
Cliff Hugo Bass
Scott Humphrey Synthesizer
Charles Judge Synthesizer
Phil Kenzie Horn, Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Russ Kunkel Drums
Randy Kurber Keyboards
Michael Landau Guitar
Michael Lang Piano
Terry Lauber Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Lebolt Synthesizer
Tod Lemkuhl Basso Profundo
Steve Lindsey Organ
Alex Lodico Trombone
Steve Lukather Guitar
Stan Lynch Drums
Lynn Mabry Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
JayDee Mannes Pedal Steel Guitar
Marty Paich Conductor
Michael McCary Vocals
Fred McFarlane Piano
David McMurray Saxophone
Toby Myers Bass
Donald Ray Mitchell Background Vocals
Nick Moroch Guitar
Nathan Morris Vocals
Scott Olson Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
David Pack Choir, Chorus
Chris Parker Drums
Melodye Perry Background Vocals
Pat Peterson Background Vocals
Charlton Pettus Acoustic Guitar
Chynna Phillips Vocals
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Alto Reed Saxophone
Emil Richards Percussion
Jimmy Ripp Acoustic Guitar
Andrea Robinson Background Vocals
Dennis Rudimer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Richard Ruse Bass
Rodney Saulsberry Choir, Chorus
Keith Scott Guitar, Background Vocals
Clifford Solomon Saxophone
Shawn Stockman Vocals
Susie Tallman Background Vocals
Dave Taylor Bass
Richard Tee Piano
Scott Thurston Bass, 6-string bass
John Townsend Background Vocals
Mike Turre Saxophone
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Mike Wanchic Guitar
Ann Wilson Vocals, Background Vocals
Carnie Wilson Vocals
Wendy Wilson Vocals
Gayle Levant Harp
Chris Mostert Horn
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Jason Mizell Drums
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Leland Sklar Bass
Beverly Dahlke-Smith Horn
Jai Winding Keyboards
Steve Jordan Drums
Ms. Bobbye Hall Percussion
Steve Allen Upright Bass
Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax Drums
Susie Stevens Background Vocals
Steven Schaeffer Drums
David Joyce Background Vocals
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Chris Campbell Bass
Efrian Torro Marimbas
Charlie Mangold Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Charles Domanico Bass
Susan Raney Bass
Toddy Sharpe Acoustic Guitar
Rupert Black Keyboards
Phil Jones Percussion
Chris Leighton Drums
John Robinson Drums
Jay Winding Piano
Neil Stubenhouse Bass
Nanya Germaine Morris Vocals
Buster Marbury Drums
Tony Partler Keyboards
Joel Pesken Saxophone
John Van Tongerin Keyboards
David Freeman Guitar
Greggory Smith Horn
Crystal Taleifero Percussion, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Adolphe Adam Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Nancy Wilson Producer
Herb Alpert Executive Producer
Michael Bolton Producer
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Tracy Chapman Arranger
Bob Dylan Composer
Eurythmics Producer
Aretha Franklin Arranger
Jeff Lynne Producer
Tom Petty Composer, Producer
Bruce Springsteen Producer
Sting Arranger, Producer
Vanessa Williams Producer
Omar Hakim Producer
Quincy Jones Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Gene Page Choir Arrangement
Mike Campbell Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Jeff Gold Art Direction
Glen Ballard Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Joseph Beal Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Nuno Bettencourt Composer, Producer
Roy Bittan Producer
Ed Brooks Engineer
Paul Brown Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Francis Buckley Engineer
Norman Bullock Engineer
Alphonsus Cassell Composer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Gary Cherone Composer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Paul DeCarli Programming
Richard Dodd Engineer
Richard Feldman Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Frank Filipetti Engineer
John Fryer Engineer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Don Gehman Producer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Danny Grigsby Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Vocal Producer, Choir Arrangement
Troy Hightower Engineer
Scott Humphrey Programming
Jimmy Iovine Producer, Executive Producer
Steve Jackson Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Jam Master Jay Producer, Instrumentation
Charles Judge String Arrangements
Phil Kaffel Producer, Engineer
Danny Kortchmar Producer
Bruce Lampcov Engineer
Jon Landau Producer
Tod Lemkuhl Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Scott Litt Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Mancini Engineer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Johnny Marks Composer
Paul Marshall Producer, Legal Counsel
Marty Paich Arranger, Producer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Fred McFarlane Arranger
Mark McKenna Engineer
John Mellencamp Producer
Nathan Morris Composer, Producer
Jerry Moss Executive Producer, Inspiration
Alison Moyet Arranger, Producer
Dan Nash Engineer
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor Producer
Scott Olson Producer
Henry Onorati Composer
Peter Oxendale Arranger, Producer
David Paich Producer
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Richard Perry Producer
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Gene Redd Composer
Dave Reitzas Producer, Engineer
Bob Rock Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Run-D.M.C. Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Toby Scott Engineer
Bob Seger Producer
Don Smith Engineer
Bob St. John Engineer
Dave Stewart drum programming
Shawn Stockman Composer, Producer
Axel Stordahl Arranger, Orchestra Director
Gary Tole Engineer
Randy Waldman Arranger
Don Was Producer
David Willcocks Arranger
Ann Wilson Producer
Carnie Wilson Vocal Producer
Robert Wilson Composer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Jason Mizell Composer
Joe Escalante Composer
Allen Story Composer
JoAnn Tominaga Vocal Producer, Choir Arrangement
Jai Winding Producer
Frank Olinsky Art Direction
Vicki Iovine Executive Producer
Jeff Magid Producer
Bobby Shriver Executive Producer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Liner Notes
Smudger Engineer
Andy Stoller Arranger
Lou Baxter Composer
Noel Regney Composer
James Booth Composer
Marvin Brodie Composer
Thomas Connor Composer
Keith Haring Artwork, Cover Art
Gerry Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
John Jessel Engineer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Larry Smith Producer
Johnny Moore Composer
Pete Smith Producer, Engineer
David Foster Producer
Gary Chester Engineer
Sabine Baring-Gould Composer
John Sullivan Composer
Dave Donnelly Mastering
J.E. Van Horne Jr. Engineer
Jay W. Johnson Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
T. Connor Composer
Mark DeSisto Engineer
Leon X A Schleinger Composer
James F. Dean Packaging
Billy Hayes Composer
Randall Freeman Marketing
Diana Baron Public Relations
Sheldon Platt Legal Counsel
Robert Sargent Shriver Executive Producer
Page Kelley Legal Counsel
Jim Willis Producer
Richard Warren Arranger
Steve Ett Producer, Engineer
Doug Katsaaros Orchestration
George Gorde Composer
Howard Wattenberg Legal Counsel
Jesse Levi String Arrangements
Mike Accapelli Vocal Engineer
Cassie Roessel Legal Counsel
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