Christmas Is Almost Here Again [Bonus Tracks]

Christmas Is Almost Here Again [Bonus Tracks]

by Carly Simon

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Christmas Is Almost Here Again [Bonus Tracks]

A mix of old favorites and new compositions, of sparse acoustic and full-bodied electric arrangements, Carly Simon's Christmas Is Almost Here is full of holiday treats. Simon's soothing voice sounds perfectly at home here, even though much of the album was recorded live in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Kudos to producer Don Was, who captured Simon's comfortable spontaneity, especially on the many tracks with little more than an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals. The album begins quietly, with Livingston Taylor's melancholy title track, Simon's own soaring ballad "The Land of Christmas (Mary)," and the traditional carols "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night." The mood lightens with the rousing gospel tune "Twelve Gates to the City," featuring Billy Preston's funky organ work. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," a duet with Simon's son Ben Taylor, employs a subtle reggae beat anchored by drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner and a slinky electric piano line courtesy of Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. Keltner and Tench also help out on the cover of John Lennon's passionate "Happy X-mas (War Is Over)." In another star turn, Willie Nelson drops in for "Pretty Paper," his voice seductively wrapping around Simon's. As the recently released Anthology reminds us, Carly Simon's been delivering pop pleasures for more than 30 years. Christmas Is Almost Here is a welcome new gift from an old friend.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227389123
catalogNumber: 73891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Andreas Vollenweider   Harp
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Burt Bacharach   Piano,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Benmont Tench   Wurlitzer
Mark Goldenberg   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Deron Johnson   Synthesizer
Rob Mathes   Piano
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Ben Taylor   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Arnold McCuller   Vocal Harmony
Joel Shearer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Dobro
Adam MacDougal   Piano
Judd Fuller   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Chris Chaney   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Andreas Vollenweider   Composer,Producer
Irving Berlin   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Carly Simon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Yoko Ono   Composer
Livingston Taylor   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Lucy Simon   Composer
Don Was   Producer,Engineer
Peter Simon   Cover Photo
Ralph Blane   Composer
Chris Papastephanou   Engineer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Jim Parr   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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