20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant

by Amy Grant

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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant

With a title like The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant, it might be presumed that this disc would contain selections from all three of Grant's prior holiday releases. That assumption would be incorrect as Universal, trying to gain some mileage out of their back catalog, has simply pasted their 20th Century Masters series logo on a repackaged version of Grant's 1992 A&M holiday album, Home for Christmas. However, despite Universal's deceptive marketing ploy, it should not deter anyone from listening to this lovely collection if it happened to be missed in its first incarnation. Since she has never been a forceful vocalist, these lushly orchestrated Christmas standards and originals are a perfect setting for Grant's soft tones. If some of the standards fall a bit flat, like the lifeless "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," she makes up for the missteps with two originals she co-wrote: the stark "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" and the quietly affecting "Emmanuel, God With Us." Although not in the same league as Grant's classic A Christmas Album, this collection can still provide a warm atmosphere on those chilly winter evenings.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602498603611
catalogNumber: 000069502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist
Chris Eaton   Background Vocals
John Darnall   Choir Director
Ronn Huff   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Shane Keister   Piano,Keyboards
Katy Dunham   Children's Chorus
Emily Estes   Children's Chorus
Clare Fischer   Piano
Steve Forman   Percussion
Carrie Gardner   Children's Chorus
Tom Hemby   Acoustic Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar
David Hungate   Bass
Harold Jones   Drums
Bonnie Keen   Background Vocals
Asher Larrison   Children's Chorus
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums
Sam Levine   Woodwind
James Litton   Choir Director
Carl Marsh   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards
Marty McCall   Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Doug Moffet   Woodwind
Craig Nelson   Bass
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Denis Solee   Woodwind
Bethany Wright   Children's Chorus
Ellie Bannister   Children's Chorus
Marabeth Jordon   Background Vocals
Skyla Carnahan   Children's Chorus
Matthew Davich   Woodwind
Lisa Partin   Children's Chorus
Kristina Owen   Children's Chorus
Jessica Owen   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Composer,Executive Producer
Carly Simon   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Chris Eaton   Composer
Ronn Huff   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Woodwind Arrangement
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Steve Bishir   overdub engineer
Shane Keister   String Arrangements,Track Arrangement
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Adrian Kerridge   Engineer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Carl Marsh   Composer,Orchestration
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jerry McPherson   Track Arrangement
Alan Moore   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
George Wyle   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Robert Marshall   Composer

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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most amazing Christmas cd I own. I look froward to pulling it out every year - year after year beacause it's so instrumentally spectacular and the songs on the cd are just lovely. I've replaced it a couple of times. I'm so confident it's a universally appealing compilation I've given it as gifts to many people I love. Here are some of my favorite tracks: "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" sounds as if Amy Grant is as jubilant about Christmas as anyone could be! "Joy To The World/For Unto Us A Child Is Born" is a resounding buoyant combination. "Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song)" is a song I look forward to every year because it captures the meaning of Christmas, the birth of a special baby and His mother's expectant thoughts. "Grown-up Christmas List" is probably my favorite modern Christmas song. I am so touched by the emotions of the lyrics and melody. The sentimentality is incredibly moving. This song alone is worth the cost of the cd. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" is still a fun and upbeat to hear, just don't carry egg nog around while listening - you'll spill it. "Emmanuel, God With Us", "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (Instrumental)" are both goosebump-producing-musical "abundanza". If you really want a Christmas cd that "gets" the respect and wonderment of Christmas and yet has a party mood for the season this is THE cd for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Amy Grant and I love Christmas and there isn't a Christmas CD that I cherish more. The combination of artist and songs is a sure fire WINNER! Amy sings a wide range of Holiday songs sure to delete everyone. Each song is a favorite of mine however the Breath of Heaven and the Grown-Up Christmas List are close to my heart. A must have to complete a wonderful Holiday. Everyone I know who has this CD says the same. Don't miss a CD you will always want to hear and by far Amy's best Christmas Selection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually into Christmas albums. But this album is great, it just relaxes you and gives a lot of inspiration.