The Christmas Album

The Christmas Album

by Neil Diamond


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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: 09/22/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645291420
catalogNumber: 52914

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Andrew Gold   Acoustic Guitar
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus
Mass Choir   Choir, Chorus
Doug Anderson   Vocals
Peter Asher   Trombone,Drums,Tambourine
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Keyboards
David Campbell   Conductor
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Louis Gutierrez   Guitar,Soloist
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Warren Ham   Harmonica
Dan Jordan   Vocals
Jon Joyce   Vocals,Background Vocals
Raven Kane   Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Alan Lindgren   Piano
Bob Magnusson   Upright Bass
Bob Mann   Acoustic Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Joseph Powell   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jim Kline   Vocals
Pete Neushul   Vocals
Ladd Thomas   Organ
139th Street Quartet   Group
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
M.B. Gordy   Percussion

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Neil Diamond   Adaptation
Salvatore Bonafede   Personal Manager
Mass Choir   Choral Adaptation
Franz Gruber   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer,drum programming,Rhythm Track Arrangement,Percussion Programming
David Campbell   Arranger,String Arrangements,Adaptation,Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Ray Evans   Composer
Raven Kane   Choir Contractor
Nathaniel Kunkel   Contributor
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Composer
John McCarthy   Director
Donald Taylor   Director
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
David Kirschner   Art Direction
Robert Prizeman   Director
Eugene Adebari   Cover Photo
Joseph Mohr   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Dan Jordan   Contributor
139th Street Quartet   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Jim Morey   Personal Manager
Barber Shop Quartet   Contributor
Sandy Gallin   Personal Manager

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