Very Special Season

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Disky Records
  • UPC: 724357947626
  • Catalog Number: 579476

Album Credits

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
Ben Cruft 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
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
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
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone, Performing Ensemble
Jim Rattigan Horn, Performing Ensemble
Nick Barr Viola, Performing Ensemble
Jeff Bryant Horn, Performing Ensemble
Roger Smith Performing Ensemble, Celli
Carlas Brown Voices
Bobby Winn Flute, Performing Ensemble
John Anderson Concert Orchestra Oboe
Dick Morgan Oboe, 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 II 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
Steve Tees Viola, Performing Ensemble
Ian Tunnel Performing Ensemble, Celli
Joe Tunnel Performing Ensemble, Celli
Wydro Voices
Timothy Amherst Bass, Performing Ensemble
Thomas Bowes Violin, Performing Ensemble
David Chatterton Bassoon, Performing Ensemble
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola, Performing Ensemble
Bob Sydor Clarinet, Performing Ensemble
Andy Parker Viola, 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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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