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Cool Yule
     

Cool Yule

4.3 7
by Bette Midler
 

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Well in advance of the Christmas season, Bette Midler, perhaps in her zeal to join the ranks of other artists like Bing Crosby, Elvis, and Johnny Mathis (the latter with whom she sings the duet here, "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") with famed holiday work, has come out with her first-ever

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Well in advance of the Christmas season, Bette Midler, perhaps in her zeal to join the ranks of other artists like Bing Crosby, Elvis, and Johnny Mathis (the latter with whom she sings the duet here, "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") with famed holiday work, has come out with her first-ever Christmas album, Cool Yule. Most of the songs are covers of seasonal classics ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," etc), though she does jump into the more religiously themed with the somber "O Come, O Come, Emanuel," which is then offset with the Hawaiian "Mele Kalikimaka." There's even a Christmas version of Midler's hit "From a Distance," which brings in elements of "The Little Drummer Boy," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Joy to the World" to the adult contemporary favorite. The Divine Miss M shows off her stuff (including a very able backing band/orchestra) on all the tracks, from the cover of Billie Holiday's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" to the jazzy title cut, and sounds good the whole time. Because she doesn't add much to the songs that hasn't already been done before, Cool Yule may not replace anyone's Mathis holiday albums yet, but it's still a pretty strong collection of well-done Christmas standards from a well-known and popular artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886978789822
catalogNumber:
787898
Rank:
5285

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist
Gary Foster   Woodwind
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Concert Master
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
David Blumberg   Conductor
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Darius Campo   Concert Master
Dave Carpenter   Upright Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Celli
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld   Concert Master
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Greg Huckins   Woodwind
Sharon Jerry-Collins   Background Vocals
Bill Liston   Woodwind
Dane Little   Celli
Doug Livingston   Steel Guitar
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Robin Olson   Concert Master
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joel Peskin   Woodwind
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Jonathan Tunick   Conductor
Josefina Vergara   Concert Master
Randy Waldman   Piano,Keyboards
Gayle Levant   Harp
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes,Irish Whistle
William Ross   Conductor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Concert Master
Bette Sussman   Background Vocals
Rick Babtist   Trumpet
Sean Holt   Background Vocals
David Washburn   Trumpet
Rose Corrigan   Woodwind
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals
Liane Mautner   Concert Master
Caroline Campbell   Concert Master
Ken Stacey   Background Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Ana Landauer   Concert Master
Shalini Vijayan   Concert Master
Alyssa Park   Concert Master
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Leanne Becknell   Woodwind
John Reynolds   French Horn
Lynn Richburg   Viola
Tereza Stanislav   Concert Master
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Johnson Enos   Background Vocals
Searmi Park   Concert Master
Alex Iles   Trombone
Karen Van Sant   Viola
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Paul Cohen   Celli
Amy Hershberger   Concert Master
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Lily Ho Chen   Concert Master
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Concert Master
Helen Nightingale   Concert Master
Jennie Levin   Concert Master
Aaron Sala   Background Vocals
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharet   Concert Master
Tabatha Fair   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Johnny Mathis   Duet
Bette Midler   Composer
Barry Manilow   Producer
Patrick Williams   Arranger,Orchestration
Buck Ram   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
David Blumberg   Arranger
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Track Arrangement
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Julie Gold   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Landers   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger,Orchestration
Dick Smith   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestration
Ralph Blane   Composer
Steve Genewick   Pro-Tools
Bette Sussman   Arranger,Composer
Alex Anderson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chandler Bridges   Engineer
Johnson Enos   Vocal Arrangements
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Aaron Sala   Vocal Arrangements
Eric Kornfeld   Composer

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Cool Yule 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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tcg More than 1 year ago
A fun cd to add to the Holidays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely delightful Holiday album start to finish. A standout among all the season's offerings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable set of holiday music. Miss M has chosen wonderderful songs to cover throughout the years, and her Christmas album continues to exhibit her eclectic taste and beautiful voice and personality. Cheers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago