The Christmas Album

The Christmas Album

by Neil Diamond

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Overview

While Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album is designed almost exclusively for his adult contemporary constituency, the vocalist still manages to light up most of the obviousness of these standards with his trademark gritty soul and flair for inflection. Opening with the grandeur of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel/We Three Kings of Orient Are" and "Silent Night," the album is awash in rich reds and golds almost immediately. But Diamond has fun with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," loosening up with a harmonica solo and a busy, up-tempo arrangement, and "Jingle Bell Rock" does just that with a 1950s doo wop vibe. These moves count as big risks on an album that otherwise tries on every possible Christmas album cliché: children's choirs and histrionic adult ones, crashing cymbals, and tasteful piano that's as warm as a fireplace in December. Thankfully, even when the choirs threaten to outdo him, Diamond keeps the focus on his famous singing voice. A stirring a capella version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is a good example of this, and one of The Christmas Album's standouts.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Cmg
UPC: 0602537832507
catalogNumber: 002078802
Rank: 117201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist
Plas Johnson   Soloist
Andrew Gold   Acoustic Guitar
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Doug Anderson   Group Member
Peter Asher   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Keyboards
David Campbell   Conductor
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Louis Gutierrez   Soloist
Jim Haas   Vocals
Warren Ham   Harmonica
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Jon Joyce   Vocals
Raven Kane   Background Vocals
Nathaniel Kunkel   Drums
Alan Lindgren   Piano
Bob Magnusson   Upright Bass
Bob Mann   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jim Kline   Group Member
Pete Neushul   Group Member
Ladd Thomas   Organ
Dan Jordan   Group Member
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Josef Powell   Background Vocals
Russell Kunkel   Drums
M.B. Gordy   Percussion
L.a. Mass Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Neil Diamond   Liner Notes,Adaptation
John Lennon   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Doug Anderson   Adaptation
Peter Asher   Programming,Producer,Track Arrangement
David Campbell   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Adaptation,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Alan Lindgren   Arranger,Adaptation,Orchestral Arrangements
John McCarthy   Director
Henry Onorati   Composer
Donald Taylor   Director
Robert Wells   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
David Kirschner   Art Direction
Robert Prizeman   Director
Jim Kline   Adaptation
Pete Neushul   Adaptation
Eugene Adebari   Cover Photo
Jim Boothe   Composer
139th Street Quartet   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Dan Jordan   Adaptation
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer
Marcie Parker   Director
James Livington   Composer
Frank Lindgren   Choir Arrangement

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