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WOW Christmas [2002]
     

WOW Christmas [2002]

 
Why didn't they think of this one sooner? Collect material from several years' worth of CCM-market holiday projects and compile them in one release. The WOW brand, which has successfully mined such multi-artist, multi-label compilations in the past, is a natural to tackle this Christmas greatest-hits project. It's a monumental task, since the Christian market is

Overview

Why didn't they think of this one sooner? Collect material from several years' worth of CCM-market holiday projects and compile them in one release. The WOW brand, which has successfully mined such multi-artist, multi-label compilations in the past, is a natural to tackle this Christmas greatest-hits project. It's a monumental task, since the Christian market is deluged with holiday releases each year, but this two-CD set hits most of the highlights, even reaching back to 1995 to pluck Steven Curtis Chapman's "Christmas Is All in the Heart" out of Christmases past. Contemporary classics like Michael W. Smith's "Emmanuel" and Jennifer Knapp's "Sing Mary Sing" join some favorite renditions of traditional holiday songs: Rebecca St. James's funked-up take on "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and Amy Grant's inspiring "Breath of Heaven" are two longtime favorites. While Wow Christmas commits a few sins of omission -- Chris Rice's "Welcome to Our World" is notable for its absence -- it also has included some hard-to-find pieces. Rachael Lampa performed "Ave Maria" on the 2000 Child of the Promise tour, but good luck finding a recorded copy anywhere but here. Ditto Tobymac's jamming "This Christmas," which was available for sale only on the artist's web site last year. This is one collection worthy of its "wow!" moniker.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Following the success of 2002's WOW Christmas is a new version for 2005, offering 30 holiday songs and Christian favorites stretched over two CDs. There are selections from veterans like Amy Grant ("Christmas to Remember"), Jars of Clay (a reverent "Little Drummer Boy"), and Michael W. Smith ("Welcome to Our World"), but it's the sound of contemporary Christian pop that dominates here. Barlowgirl and Relient K turn in rocked-up versions of "O Holy Night" and "Deck the Halls," while Selah's "Silent Night" is gentle and solemn. Other WOW highlights include Bethany Dillon adding a dusky R&B touch to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and a slick, electronic-tinged "What Child Is This?" from ZOEgirl.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688607821
catalogNumber:
886078
Rank:
64094

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quincy Jones   Conductor

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Brown Bannister   Producer
Michael W. Smith   Producer
Randy Crawford   Producer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Brent Bourgeois   Arranger,Producer
David Mullen   Producer
David Foster   Producer
Yolanda Adams   Executive Producer
Audio Adrenaline   Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Kirk Franklin   Producer
Fred Hammond   Arranger,Producer
Chris Harris   Producer
Steve Hindalong   Producer
Brent Maher   Producer
Carl Marsh   Arranger
Donnie McClurkin   Arranger
Nicole C. Mullen   Arranger
Lynn Nichols   Arranger
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Chris Rodriguez   Producer
Shavoni   Producer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer
Scott Williamson   Producer
Dick Smith   Composer
Tony McAnany   Producer
Jars of Clay   Producer
Dan Haseltine   Arranger
Charles Wesley   Composer
Don Koch   Producer
Caedmon's Call   Arranger,Producer
Charlie Lowell   Arranger
Roger Ryan   Arranger
Noel Hall   Arranger
Paul Wright   Arranger,Producer
Robert Beeson   Producer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Matt Odmark   Arranger
Matt Slocum   Producer
Ted T.   Arranger,Producer
Michael-Anthony Taylor   Arranger,Producer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
Robert McGimsey   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Jeff Savage   Producer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Jeromy Deibler   Arranger
Pete Kipley   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
John W. Work   Composer
tobyMac   Producer
Josh Moore   Arranger,Producer
Nathan Cochran   Arranger
Mike Scheuchzer   Arranger
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
James R. Murray   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Jason Burkum   Producer
Lisa Kimmey   Arranger,Producer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer
Jim Bryson   Arranger

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