20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Oak Ridge Boys

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Oak Ridge Boys

by The Oak Ridge Boys


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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Oak Ridge Boys

This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series Best of Oak Ridge Boys: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1986 collection Christmas Again. As that original title indicates, the album was the Oak Ridge Boys' second seasonal disc, following 1982's Christmas. It's hard to understand why the earlier album, which was far more popular than this one, wasn't reissued instead, or why the best songs of the two weren't combined on what is supposedly a best-of compilation. Unfortunately, on neither disc did the Oak Ridge Boys show much interest in performing Christmas standards, opting instead for newly written material. There were a few evergreens on Christmas, but the ten songs on Christmas Again are all new ones (or were in 1986 anyway). The quartet bows slightly to tradition by introducing each of the first five with an a cappella chorus of a holiday favorite so that, for example, group member Joe Bonsall's composition "First Christmas Day" is prefaced by a bit of "The First Noel." But that only serves to emphasize the superiority of the old songs over these originals. The first half of the disc is given over to religiously oriented efforts, the second half to increasingly secular ones, such as the comic "Santa Bring Your Elves." Seventeen years on, none of the songs have made much of a mark except the unfortunately titled "There's a New Kid in Town" (not the Eagles' song), co-written by Curly Putnam, Don Cook, and Keith Whitley, which is occasionally heard. Christmas Again wasn't the best of holiday releases or even the best of the Oak Ridge Boys in 1986; it hasn't gotten better under a new name.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008817037820
catalogNumber: 000036402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oak Ridge Boys   Primary Artist
Ace Cannon   Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Barry Green   Trombone,Group Member
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Group Member
Mike Leech   Bass,Group Member
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Group Member
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Group Member
Cindy Reynolds   Harp,Group Member
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Don Sheffield   Trumpet,Group Member
Denis Solee   Saxophone,Group Member
James Stroud   Drums,Group Member
George Tidwell   Flugelhorn,Group Member
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards,Vacuum Cleaner,Group Member
Eberhard Ramm   French Horn,Group Member

Technical Credits

Keith Whitley   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Joe Bonsall   Composer
Dennis Burnside   Composer
Andy Byrd   Composer
Ron Chancey   Producer
Don Cook   Composer
Bob Corbin   Composer
Rick Giles   Composer
Rusty Golden   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Ron Treat   Engineer
Bergen White   Arranger
Simon Levy   Executive Art Direction
Vartan   Art Direction
Michael Foster   Composer
Jimbeau Hinson   Composer
Kathy Harris   Art Direction
Adam Abrams   Reissue Production Coordination
Linda Kirkpatrick   Art Direction

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