Formerly available as THIS CHRISTMAS.
Personnel: Dennis Harris , Bill MacPherson (guitar); Rev. Dave Boruff, Leon Zachery (saxophone); Mari Falcone (piano, keyboards); Randy Waldman (piano, synthesizer, drum programming); Leon Huff (keyboards, synthesizer); Nathaniel Crocket (keyboards, drums); Michael OHara (keyboards, drum programming); Eugene Lambchops Curry (keyboards); Vince Montana (vibraphone); Quinton Joseph (drums, percussion programming); Cliff Almond, John Guerin (drums); Daryl Burgee (percussion); Kevin Foley (keyboard programming); Nathanial Wilkie (drum programming); Cynthia Biggs, Sassy, Debra Henry, Jackie Gouche, Paula Holloway, Janey Clewer, Tommy Johnson, Bunny Sigler, Charlene Holloway (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dan Abernathy; Olivier Ferrand; Darrell Harvey; Joe Alexander ; Kevin Clark; Mike Tarsia; Arthur Stoppe.
Audio Remixers: Mike Tarsia; Arthur Stoppe.
Recording information: Gamble-Huff Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Kajem Victory Studios, Philadelphia, PA; La Zur Recording Studio, Reseda, CA; Randini's Zebra Studio, Studio City, CA; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Studio West, San Diego, CA.
Photographer: Matthew Jordan Smith .
Arrangers: Eugene Lambchops Curry; James R. Budd Ellison; Randy Waldman; Bunny Sigler.
Originally issued in 1990 under the name This Christmas, this album finds one of soul's most fiery and recognizable voices delivering a 12-song session filled with contemporary and original Christmas compositions. It's safe and delightful background music for the holiday season, and her sultry vocals make the otherwise two-dimensional backing music seem rich and full. For the most part the collection is easygoing and pleasant, with the highlight being her beautiful interpretation of "O Holy Night" and the lowlight most definitely being an acrobatic and vocally dramatic "Angel Man" as the album's closer. It's a very nice record on the whole, but likely of enjoyment only to LaBelle's die-hard fans. Most casual listeners would find this CD to be nothing more than a passing holiday fancy. ~ Rob Theakston