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A Very Special Christmas

A Very Special Christmas


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Recorded to benefit the Special Olympics, this has some of the biggest names in contemporary music, most covering seasonal favorites with mixed success. Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. Run-D.M.C.'s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting. Only the Material Girl, Madonna, embarrasses herself with an overly campy "Santa Baby."

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021391123
catalogNumber: 3911
Rank: 3692


  1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  4. Merry Christmas, Baby
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. Gabriel's Message
  8. Christmas in Hollis
  9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  10. Santa Baby
  11. The Little Drummer Boy
  12. Run Rudolph Run
  13. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
  14. The Coventry Carol
  15. Silent Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Track Performer
Eurythmics   Track Performer
Whitney Houston   Track Performer
Nils Lofgren   Guitar
Robbie Nevil   Background Vocals
Stevie Nicks   Track Performer
Pointer Sisters   Track Performer
Pretenders   Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen   Track Performer
Sting   Track Performer
U2   Track Performer
Lisa Germano   Fiddle
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Rick Vito   Guitar
Darlene Love   Background Vocals
Annie Lennox   Keyboards
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Edna Wright   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Roy Bittan   Piano
Johnny Blitz   Keyboards
Don Brewer   Drums
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Chris Campbell   Bass
John Cascella   Accordion
Sharon Celani   Background Vocals
Madonna   Vocals,Track Performer
Larry Crane   Guitar
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Blair Cunningham   Drums
Mickey Curry   Drums
David Ervin   Keyboards
Richard Feldman   Keyboards
Craig Frost   Piano
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Richie Hayward   Drums
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Synthesizer
Jon Landau   Guitar
Michael Landau   Guitar
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
John Mellencamp   Track Performer
Alison Moyet   Track Performer
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Alto Reed   Saxophone
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Run-D.M.C.   Track Performer
Keith Scott   Background Vocals
Bob Seger   Track Performer
T.M. Stevens   Bass
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Background Vocals
Dave Taylor   Bass
John Townsend   Background Vocals
John Van Tongeren   Keyboards
Mike Wanchic   Guitar
Rupert Black   Keyboards
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Silver Bullet Band   Track Performer
Jai Winding   Piano
Steve Jordan   Drums
Dave Freeman   Guitar
Ms. Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Eurythmics   Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Sting   Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Harry Simeone   Composer
Jeff Gold   Art Direction
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Roy Bittan   Producer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer,Engineer
Tommie Connor   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Steven Ett   Producer,Engineer
Richard Feldman   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
John Fryer   Engineer
Don Gehman   Producer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Danny Grigsby   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer,Executive Producer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Charles Judge   String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bruce Lampcov   Engineer
Jon Landau   Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Mark McKenna   Engineer
John Mellencamp   Producer
Alison Moyet   Arranger,Producer
Dan Nash   Engineer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Peter Oxendale   Arranger,Producer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Run-D.M.C.   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Bob Seger   Producer
Don Smith   Engineer
Peter Smith   Producer,Engineer
Dave Stewart   drum programming
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Rich Warren   Arranger
Jason Mizell   Composer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Richard Frankel   Art Direction
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver   Liner Notes
Smudger   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Marvin Brodie   Composer
Keith Haring   Artwork,Art Direction
Johnny Moore   Composer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Henry Onerati   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer

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