December

December

by The Moody Blues

CD

Overview

The first new studio album from the Moody Blues in over five years, the holiday-themed December intertwines new, original songs from the band with holiday favorites including "White Christmas," "A Child Is Born," and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's poignant "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." The album was recorded in Italy and produced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602498119556
catalogNumber: 000156302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moody Blues   Primary Artist
Danilo Madonia   Keyboards
Norda Mullen   Flute

Technical Credits

Gustav Holst   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Justin Hayward   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Lennon   Composer
John Lodge   Composer,Producer
Mike Batt   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Tim Rice   Composer
Danilo Madonia   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Christina Rossetti   Composer
Alberto Parodi   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Lucio DeGiuseppe   Cover Art
Fred Jay   translation
Fred Jay Zacar   Composer

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December 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Moodies have done it----they have released a must have holiday set, one that will appeal to fans and non-fans alike. Produced by band members Justin Hayward and John Lodge, the CD is a mix of familiar holiday classics (such as Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," some traditional carols (such as "In The Bleak Midwinter" and "In The Quiet Of Christmas Morning")and five new songs composed by Hayward and/or Lodge. This CD should garner airplay on those radio stations who switch to holiday music after Thanksgiving, and will be a welcome addition to homes seeking a great collection of holiday music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is "the" holiday recording for 2003. The Moody Blues have outdone themselves on this holiday/Christmas thematic CD. There are "cover" Christmas tunes ("White Christmas" "Happy Xmas-War Is Over"), carols ("In The Quiet Of Christmas Morning" "In The Bleak Midwinter") and original songs by the band. Flutist and founding member Ray Thomas has retired, but the Moodies sound still permeates within the CD. It's a must have for fans, and a great collection for other music buyers. With possible radio airplay, this could become a memorable CD for this holiday season and for those in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being very particular about what Christmas music I listen to, I decideed to take a chance on this CD of music only because I enjoyed the earlier hits of the Moody Blues. I had no idea just how brilliant this group can be until I listened to "December". Most are original tunes written by members of the band mixed in with a few more known songs. The band remembers that not everyone is happy during this time of year "for their own reasons", and they delicately address those times. They balance that with the joys and hope of the season. From the moment I heard the very first cut, "Don't Need A Reindeer", I knew this was going to be a very different experience. And different it is...from the first song through to the last I found myself looking forward to the next cut. The only arrangement I would typify as "typical" would be Lennon's "Happy Xmas "War Is Over"" except what I found interesting is that at no point do you hear the vocals on the "war is over" part...that's all instrumental. It was obvious they had fun with "White Christmas" but it is treated with respect and at no time would I consider it to be irreverent. The song I consider to be the most brilliant on this CD is "December Snow" penned by Justin Hayward. While on the surface it's a very simple song, it doesn't take long to realize just how tender and complex it is as a whole. This song will reach people on different levels and for different reasons so to incloude my take on it here would be unfair to the reader. My suggestion is to pick up this CD and decide for yourself. I honestly don't think you'll be disappointed. If you are looking for typical arrangements of songs performed by many, this is not the CD for you. If you're looking for a Christmas CD that is contains a mixture and balance of emotions, arrangements that are complex yet simple, and interesting vocals, then I have no hesitation in recommending this CD to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this on-line last week when I was buying some books and checking out the Christmas CD's. I love the Moody Blues and thought I'd take a chance. WOW! This is fantastic! I've never written a review before but my husband and I feel like we've discovered a best kept secret. Can't wait to share it with our friends and family.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Moody Blues are an Angels' Chorus on Earth!!!I have been soaring on their music spiritualy for many years, thanking The Holy powers that be everyday for their music which I listen to everyday & am inspired every day by their truth in their lyrics. They top every every album ever made...even all the other masters of music are second. I expect to be listening to Moody Blues for eternity.I wish I could meet them in person to thank them. I wish the whole world would listen to their songs the way they have come across to me. They have honors in Heaven for sure. Hearing their newly released album just blows me away that they still sound like the Moody Blues at their best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just picked up the CD today on it's release day(10/28/03) and it's wonderful. Love the clean production....Justin has been in Italy now for a couple of albums so it's no suprise this one was recorded there as well...I have been to the country and it does inspire some beautiful music to say the least.I like all the tracks but was wondering why "Happy Xmas" the Lennon song was so short...it almost sounds like it was faded out in a hurry.Anyone notice that? I recommend this CD as one of the best for this holiday season or any season. Greg
Guest More than 1 year ago
A holiday surprise from my favorite band the Moody Blues was an early Christmas gift. Released on October 28th and playing in my house for Halloween because it is that good. Favorites include "Don't Need a Reindeer" which deserves to be given some airtime this holiday season, and "December Snow" which is lovely and in keeping with a classic Justin Hayward ballad. "In The Quiet of Christmas Morning" is set to Bach 147 and is beautiful. The John Lennon song "Happy Xmas(War is Over) is given new life along with a version of "White Christmas" which has an interesting tempo change mid-song. Other ballads include "The Spirit of Christmas" and "Yes I Believe" which reflect some of the goings on in the world today with somewhat of a spiritual feel. Overall a beautiful CD worthy of becoming a holiday classic and a must have for your Christmas collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TO SOME, PERHAPS IT'S SURPRISING THAT AFTER ALL THE MOODY BLUES HAVE ACHIEVED OVER SO MANY YEARS, WHO WOULD HAVE EVER GUESSED THAT THE BRITISH BAND WOULD EVER PUT TOGETHER A FULL CHRISTMAS ALBUM?? TO ANY MOODIES FAN, THE PRODUCTION AND RELEASE OF SUCH AN ALBUM MAY NOT COME AS A TOTAL SURPRISE. AFTER ALL, SEVERAL YEARS AGO THEY RECORDED THEIR BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING VERSION OF THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS HYMN "WHAT CHILD IS THIS", WHICH APPEARED ON SEVERAL VARIOUS ARTISTS CHRISTMAS CD'S. THUS, FOR MANY OF THE MOODIES DEVOTED FANS, THEIR WISH FOR A CHRISTMAS ALBUM FROM THE BAND HAS FINALLY COME TRUE. AND IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! BESIDES A WONDERFUL RENDITION OF THE CLASSIC "WHITE CHRISTMAS" AND OF THE JOHN LENNON/YOKO ONO SONG "HAPPY CHRISTMAS" (WAR IS OVER), ALL OF THE SONGS HERE INDEED HAVE A CHRISTMAS FORMAT, AND INTERTWINED WITH "LOVE THEME" LYRICS, WHICH MAKES FOR A VERY BEWILDERING, BUT INTERESTING MIX. IT IS PERHAPS THE MOST UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS ALBUM YOU WILL EVER HEAR, BUT AS USUAL FITS INTO PLEASING MOLD OF MOODY BLUES MUSIC. THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT TO THE ALBUM IS THE PHOTO OF THE BAND INSIDE THE COMPACT DISC BOOKLET...WITH THE TALENTED RAY THOMAS NOW DEPARTED FROM THE BAND, AND THE MOODIES NOW REDUCED TO A TRIO, WHY ARE JUSTIN, JOHN, AND GRAEME SITTING IN FRONT OF A BUNCH OF POWER CHORDS ON A PEG RACK? AND THE ODD SHADES OF COLOR GIVES THE APPEARANCE THE BAND HAS BEEN HIBERNATING FOR YEARS WHILE MAKING THIS ALBUM. SUCH A PHOTO MIGHT HAVE MORE APPROPRIATE TO INCLUDE IN THEIR PREVIOUS STUDIO ALBUM "STRANGE TIMES", BECAUSE THE PHOTO IS DEFINITELY SOMEWHAT "STRANGE." SOMETHING MORE TRADITIONAL LIKE SITTING IN FRONT OF A YULETIDE FIREPLACE WOULD HAVE SEEMED MORE CAUSUAL AND PLEASING FOR THIS OTHERWISE SPLENDID ALBUM.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. A christmas favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am so sorry maybe and far away.....maybe ray was right :( .