This Christmas

This Christmas

by Patti LaBelle


Patti LaBelle's This Christmas is a likeable collection of easygoing holiday confections. The songs prove quite endearing, but in some cases are marred by somewhat dated production. Some of these tunes, delivered in a "torch song" setting, allow LaBelle to truly shine, as in the glistening "I'm Christmasing With You" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve." Other highlights include the lovely "Country Christmas" (which was co-written by LaBelle), the soulful "Born in a Manger," and the tender, reggae-tinged "Wouldn't It Be Beautiful," easily one of the album's brightest moments. A couple of tracks, however, fall somewhat flat. "If Every Day Could Be Like Christmas" finds LaBelle in a zombie-like trance, and "Angel Man," tacked onto the 1995 reissue of the album, is an ear-piercing ballad. The album's sole traditional track is "O Holy Night," which LaBelle delivers with all of her trademark full-throttle gusto. Oftentimes, holiday albums such as this -- comprised of new, untraditional recordings -- are somewhat tepid, but that's thankfully not the case here. Despite a few dull moments and some lackluster production, this is quite an enjoyable and endearing holiday set, and will no doubt please the legendary singer's many fans. As a final note, the first version of the album, released in 1990, featured a different cover and included the lyrics (which weren't included in the 1995 version), but didn't include "Angel Man."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2001
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0008811011321
catalogNumber: 10113

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LaBelle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bunny Sigler   Background Vocals
Cliff Almond   Drums
Cynthia Biggs   Background Vocals
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Daryl Burgee   Percussion
Janey Clewer   Background Vocals
Eugene Lambchops Curry   Keyboards
Kim Darigan   Bass
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Kevin Foley   Synthesizer
John Guerin   Drums
Charlene Holloway   Background Vocals
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Debra Henry   Background Vocals
Paula Holloway   Background Vocals
Leon Huff   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Quinton Joseph   Drums
Bill MacPherson   Guitar
Vince Montana   Vibes
Allan Phillips   Hand Percussion
Ron Shaffer   Overdubs
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Piano
Nathanial Wilkie   Synthesizer
James East   Bass
Michael OHara   Keyboards
Leon Zachery   Saxophone
T.J.   Guitar
Mari Falcone   Piano,Keyboards
Nathaniel Crocket   Synthesizer,Drums
Jimmy Williams   Bass
Clinton Donaldson   Voices

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dan Abernathy   Engineer
Joe Alexander   Engineer
Janey Clewer   Vocal Arrangements
Eugene Lambchops Curry   Arranger,Producer
James R. Budd Ellison   Arranger,Producer
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Producer
Leon Huff   Producer
Quinton Joseph   Percussion Programming
Scott MacMinn   Engineer
Lagsbartt Mario   Engineer
Sami McKinney   Producer,Engineer
Ken Ross   Engineer
Ron Shaffer   Engineer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer,Remixing
Randy Waldman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Nathanial Wilkie   Producer,drum programming
Jason Taylor   Engineer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer,Remixing
Michael OHara   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
L. Armstead Edwards   Executive Producer
Olivier Ferrand   Engineer
Nathaniel Crocket   drum programming
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Sassy   Vocal Arrangements
John C. Baker   Contributor

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