Very Special Season

Very Special Season

by Diana Ross

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Diana Ross' 1994 Christmas album, A Very Special Season, easily ranks among the diva's best of the '90s. Instead of opting for hip arrangements aimed at pleasing a younger, jaded audience, all the songs on this set are classically arranged with lush orchestrations, resulting in a truly timeless holiday album, not unlike what one would have expected from the


Diana Ross' 1994 Christmas album, A Very Special Season, easily ranks among the diva's best of the '90s. Instead of opting for hip arrangements aimed at pleasing a younger, jaded audience, all the songs on this set are classically arranged with lush orchestrations, resulting in a truly timeless holiday album, not unlike what one would have expected from the crooners and sirens of yesteryear. The songs are all lovingly produced, and Ross effectively wraps her silken pipes around each tune with utmost sincerity. The album consists mostly of Christmas standards, including "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "O Holy Night," "Ave Maria," and "Silent Night," as well as covers of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Chirstmastime" and John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." Also included are inspirational songs that are traditionally not thought of as holiday tunes but fit perfectly, such as the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition "What the World Needs Now" and a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," as well as "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and "Amazing Grace." For fans of timeless, old-fashioned Christmas music, as well as fans of Diana Ross, this lovely holiday album, available only as a European import, is an absolute must, and a reminder of just how beautiful, when done well, holiday music can be.

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Disky Records

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Performance Credits

Diana Ross   Primary Artist
John Barclay   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Guy Barker   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Caroline Barnes   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Pete Beachill   Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Mark Berrow   Violin,Performing Ensemble
John Bradbury   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Simon Chamberlain   Synthesizer
Gillian Cohen   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Caroline Dale   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Tony Fisher   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
John D. Fox   Voices
Roger Garland   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Wilfred Gibson   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Colin Green   Performing Ensemble,spanish guitar
Malcolm Griffiths   Trombone,Performing Ensemble
John Evan Jones   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Paul Kegg   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Ben Kennard   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Gary Kettel   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Chris Laurence   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Jim Lawless   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Frank Lloyd   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Martin Loveday   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Rita Manning   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Jim McCleod   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Robin McGee   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Peter Oxer   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Graham Read   Tuba,Performing Ensemble
George Robertson   Viola,Performing Ensemble
John Rooke   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Ralph Salmins   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Sonia Slany   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Robert Smissen   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Stephen Tees   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Philip Todd   Clarinet,Performing Ensemble
Allen Walley   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Justin Ward   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Adrienne Williams   Voices
Guy Baker   Trumpet
Justin Hobart Brown   Voices
Ben Hoffnung   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Gillian Thoday   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Tony Pleeth   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Nick Busch   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Patrick Kiernan   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Alasdair Malloy   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Eddie Roberts   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Jackie Shave   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Snowden   Flute,Performing Ensemble
Andrew Parker   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Ian Hall   Bass,Performing Ensemble
David Hartley   Piano,Performing Ensemble
David Daniels [cello]   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Stephen Henderson   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Katie Clemmow   Oboe,Performing Ensemble
Mike de Saulles   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Patrick Jackman   Bass Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Sophie Langdon   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Stephen Maw   Bassoon,Performing Ensemble
Donald McVay   Viola,Performing Ensemble
John Pigneguy   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Paul Cullington   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Sally Ann Ewins   Flute,Performing Ensemble
Cathy Adams   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Alison Kelly   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Liz Watson   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Iain King   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Martin Hooley   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Hugh Seenan   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Sue Wright   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Dai Emanuel   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Jim Rattigan   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Nick Barr   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Jeff Bryant   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Carlas Brown   Voices
Bobby Winn   Flute,Performing Ensemble
John Anderson Concert Orchestra   Oboe
Dick Morgan   Oboe,Performing Ensemble
David Stewart   Bass Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Manon Derome   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Fiona Hibbert   Harp,Performing Ensemble
John Anderson   Oboe,Performing Ensemble
Diana Carrington   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Mike Britiain   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Malcolm Crease   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Alec Dankwater   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Mick Doran   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Rose Furniss   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Tim Gold   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Knoelle Higginson   Voices
Sheila Holdsworth   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Donovan Holtz   Voices
Kamilah Holtz   Voices
Brian Howkins   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Peter Lahe   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Wesley Naylor   Conductor
Carl Phipps   Voices
Christopher Phipps   Voices
Gerard Presenter   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Mariej Rakowki   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Shining Light Junior Choir   Background Vocals
Sha Risse Smith   Voices
Owen Spade   Tuba,Performing Ensemble
Ian Tunnel   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Joe Tunnel   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Wydro   Voices
Timothy Amherst   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Thomas Bowes   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Roger Smith   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Benedict Cruft   Violin,Performing Ensemble
David Chatterton   Bassoon,Performing Ensemble
Ivo Jan van der Werff   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Bob Sydor   Clarinet,Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Lalo Schifrin   Arranger
Franz Schubert   Composer
Diana Ross   Executive Producer
Chris Boardman   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
John Altman   Arranger,Music Direction
Glenn Barratt   Vocal Recording
Felix Bernard   Composer
Jack Hayes   Arranger
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Nick Martinelli   Producer
Mark Portmann   Arranger
Sylvester Rivers   Arranger
Robert Wells   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Glen Barrett   Engineer
Tom Leader   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Nick Marinelli   Producer

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