White Christmas

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although Rosemary Clooney had a major part in the famous film White Christmas back in 1954, this was her first full Christmas album and it was a big seller when it was released late in 1996. From the jazz standpoint, there is not much here, as Clooney is accompanied by a huge orchestra conducted and mostly arranged by Peter Matz. Although there are a few brief solos from altoist Gary Foster, tenor saxophonist Dan Higgins, trombonist Chauncey Welsch and trumpeter Warren Luening, the music is essentially nostalgic middle-of-the-road pop with Clooney joined on several numbers by the Earl Brown Singers who also take brief a cappella versions of some veteran Christmas tunes; one...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although Rosemary Clooney had a major part in the famous film White Christmas back in 1954, this was her first full Christmas album and it was a big seller when it was released late in 1996. From the jazz standpoint, there is not much here, as Clooney is accompanied by a huge orchestra conducted and mostly arranged by Peter Matz. Although there are a few brief solos from altoist Gary Foster, tenor saxophonist Dan Higgins, trombonist Chauncey Welsch and trumpeter Warren Luening, the music is essentially nostalgic middle-of-the-road pop with Clooney joined on several numbers by the Earl Brown Singers who also take brief a cappella versions of some veteran Christmas tunes; one tune apiece features appearances by Michael Feinstein and Rosemary's brother Nick Clooney. But jazz content aside, Rosemary Clooney is in good voice, and the heartfelt emotions that she expresses on these Yuletide favorites communicate quite well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1996
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431471929
  • Catalog Number: 4719
  • Sales rank: 342,159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Christmas Song (3:50)
  2. 2 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (3:10)
  3. 3 Joy to the World - Earl Singers Brown (0:42)
  4. 4 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Earl Singers Brown (3:31)
  5. 5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2:20)
  6. 6 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (3:31)
  7. 7 Christmas Love Song (3:29)
  8. 8 The First Noël - Earl Singers Brown (0:50)
  9. 9 Winter Wonderland (2:46)
  10. 10 Christmas Time Is Here (3:10)
  11. 11 Christmas Mem'ries (3:51)
  12. 12 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Earl Singers Brown (1:02)
  13. 13 The Spirit of Christmas (4:32)
  14. 14 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Hey Kris Kringle - Rosemary Clooney & Michael Feinstein (2:39)
  15. 15 Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) (3:24)
  16. 16 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Earl Singers Brown (0:58)
  17. 17 The Christmas Waltz (2:44)
  18. 18 White Christmas - Earl Singers Brown (3:34)
  19. 19 Silent Night - Earl Singers Brown (1:19)
  20. 20 Sleep Well, Little Children - Earl Singers Brown (2:14)
  21. 21 Don't Wait Till the Night Before Christmas - Nick Clooney (1:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Vocals
Michael Feinstein Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Gary Foster Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Frank Marocco Accordion, Soloist
Peter Matz Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Dale Anderson Percussion
Robert Becker Viola
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Susan Boyd Vocals, Group Member
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Mathew Cooker Cello
Randy Crenshaw Vocals, Group Member
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Bill Elton Trombone
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Phil Feather Oboe, Saxophone, Soloist
Ronald Folsom Violin
George Graham Trumpet
Linda Harmon Vocals, Group Member
Gwen Heller Violin
Dan Higgins Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ron Jannelli Saxophone
Jon Joyce Vocals, Group Member
Roland Kato Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Warren Luening Trumpet
Melissa MacKay Vocals, Group Member
Timothy May Guitar
Tommy Morgan Harmonica, Soloist
John Oddo Piano, Soloist
George Roberts Trombone, Bass Trombone, Soloist
Haim Shtrum Violin
Chauncey Welsch Trombone, Soloist
Dick Williams Vocals, Group Member
Albie Berk Drums
Yoko Matsuda Violin
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Frank Morrocco Accordion
Christina Soule Cello, Viola
Nick Clooney Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Robert Sanov Violin
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Natalie Leggett Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Earl Singers Brown Vocals
Karen Jones Violin
Steven Becknell French Horn
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Peter Matz Arranger, Producer, Orchestra Leader
Buck Ram Composer
Bob Hope Liner Notes
Fred Jacobs Authoring
Franz Gruber Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Fred Cooper Assistant Music Preparation
J. Fred Coots Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Harold Garrett Assistant Music Preparation
Haven Gillespie Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Walter Kent Composer
John Oddo Arranger, Director, Music Direction
Nick Phillips Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Joe Soldo Contributor
Wally Traugott Mastering
Isaac Watts Composer
Dave Wells Assistant Music Preparation
Allen Sviridoff Executive Producer, Art Direction
Lowell Mason Composer
Nick Clooney Liner Notes
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Dolores Hope Liner Notes
Earl Brown Arranger, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Arranger, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kirby Furlong Assistant Music Preparation
Lee Mendelson Composer
James Surell Assistant Music Preparation
Tom Adair Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
William Sandys Composer
Graeme Brown Mastering
Jonathan Barrick Griffiths Assistant Music Preparation
Ted White Engineer
Lewis Redner Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Wonderful Christmas Memories

    I can't believe someone gave this one star! It is great Christmas music to listen to while trimming the tree or relaxing by the fireside. It brings me joy to listen to it each year. Vocals with her brother Nick are charming. Some songs are simply mellow, well-sung and remind us how much we always loved this singer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    What Christmas is all about!

    This is the perfect background music for all your Christmas festivities. Instantly takes me back to the warm winter nights of my childhood.
    Perfect, simple, happy Christmas music.

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    Posted October 18, 2010

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