- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Concord Records
Entertainment Weekly - 12/5/97, p.94
"...While his warm, avuncular rasp evokes images as traditional as a turkey dinner with stuffing, it's that tension between swing and solemnity that makes it all his own." - Rating: A-
- 1.What Child Is This
- 2.The Little Drummer Boy
- 3.Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
- 4.This Time Of The Year
- 5.Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
- 6.That Spirit Of Christmas
- 7.All I Want For Christmas
- 8.Christmas In My Heart
- 9.Winter Wonderland
- 10.Christmas Time
- 11.Baby, It's Cold Outside
Personnel includes: Ray Charles (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Marty Paich (arranger, conductor); Betty Carter (vocals); Jeff Pevar, Kevin Turner (guitar); Rudy Johnson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn); The Raelettes, The Jack Halloran Singers (background vocals).
Producer: Ray Charles.
Reissue producer: James Austin.
Recorded at R.P.M. Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).
Recorded in 1985, The Spirit of Christmas finds Ray Charles performing a variety of holiday favorites with vocal assistance from the Raelettes and an appearance by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The ten tracks mix standards and originals, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and the ballad "That Spirit of Christmas," which was featured in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Spirit of Christmas is perfect background music for any holiday celebration. ~ Al Campbell