Celine Dion These Are Special Times
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- Released: September 1, 2001
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Sony
- 1.O Holy Night
- 2.Don't Save It All For Christmas Day
- 3.Blue Christmas
- 4.Another Year Has Gone By
- 5.The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)
- 6.Ave Maria
- 7.Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
- 8.The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
- 9.The Prayer
- 10.Brahms' Lullaby
- 11.Chirstmas Eve
- 12.These Are The Special Times
- 13.Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
- 14.I'm Your Angel
- 15.Feliz Navidad
- 16.Les Cloches Du Hameau
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel includes: Celine Dion (vocals); Dion Family (vocals); Peter Zizzo (guitar, programming); Bryan Adams (acoustic & electric guitars, bass); Kamil Rustam (acoustic guitar); Larry Salzman, Marc Shulman, Ira Siegel, Chieli Minucci, John Chiodini, Michael Thompson (guitar); Vancouver Orchestra (strings); Richie Cannata (saxophone); Bobby Franceschini, Bill Harris (alto saxophone); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Diana Krall, Shane Keister (piano); Loris Holland (Hammond B-3 organ); Phil Western (keyboards); Heather Hinton (organ); Tom Rainer (synthesizer); Chuck Domanico (bass); John Robinson, Shawn Pelton (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Steve Skinner (keyboard & drum programming).
Producers: David Foster, Ric Wake, Bryan Adams, R. Kelly.
Engineers includes: Felipe Elgueta, Randy Staub, Phil Western.
"The Prayer" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Personnel: John Chiodini (guitar, electric guitar); Peter Zizzo (guitar, keyboard programming, bass programming, drum programming); Chieli Minucci, Chris Taylor, Larry Salzman, Ira Siegel, Marc Shulman, Russ Desalvo (guitar); Kamil Rustam, Ram¢n Stagnaro (acoustic guitar); Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Vancouver Orchestra (strings); Richie Cannata (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Harris , Bob Franceschini (alto saxophone); John Scarpulla, John Scarpula (baritone saxophone); Don Harris, Barry Danielian, Tony Kadleck (trumpet); Randy Andos, Ozzie Melendez (trombone); David Taylor (bass trombone); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Shane Keister (piano, Synclavier); Diana Krall, Terry Trotter (piano); Phil Western (keyboards, programming); Lafayette Carthon, Loris Holland (keyboards, background vocals); Tom Rainer (synthesizer); Simon Franglen (Synclavier); Patrick Carroll (bass guitar, percussion, drum programming); John "J.R." Robinson , Jeff Hamilton , Shawn Pelton, Frank Vilardi, Steve Wolf (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Felipe Elgueta, Jeff Bova, Olle Romo, Stephen George, Tony Black (programming); Steve Skinner (keyboard programming, drum programming); Jimmy Bralower (drum programming); Cheryl Wilson, Cindy Mizelle, Troy Bright, Donna Davidson, Johnny Rutledge, Brenda White-King, Roger Freeland, Susie Stevens Logan, Curtis King, Yvonne Gage, Robin Robinson , Robert Bowker, Jeffrey Morrow, Joan Walton, Rob Trow, Anthony Ransom, Rich Logan , Darlene Koldenhoven , Diva Gray, Stephen Amerson, Elisabeth Withers, Eric Troyer, Fonzi Thornton, Don Shelton , Lisa Lougheed, Robert Moe, Stevie Robinson, Dennis Collins , John West, Khris Kellow, Linda Harmon, Maria Christensen, Martin Briley, Amick Byram, Morgan Ames, Nancey Jackson, Nikki Gregoroff, Paulette McWilliams, Sharon Bryant, Spencer Washington, Sue Ann Carwell, Tawatha Agee, Ayuana George, Bashiri Johnson , Elin Carlson, Vaneese Thomas, Dick Bolks, Jane Barnett, Carmen Twillie , Cathy Richardson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.
Recording information: Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cove Ci; Criteria Recording Studios, FL; Enterprise Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Translators: Alberto Testa; Tony Renis.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Rick Wake; Crystal Cathedral Choir; David Foster.
Arrangers: Johnnie Carl; Jeremy Lubbock; Peter Zizzo; R. Kelly; Rick Wake; Ronn Huff; Shane Keister; Steve Skinner; William Ross ; David Foster.
Whether or not you're a fan, it's undeniable that Celine Dion is the people's siren of choice in turn-of-the-millennium America. Part of the reason for that (apart from her superhuman pipes) is the way she throws herself into a song with total emotional commitment, taking nothing lightly. That kind of earnestness serves her in good stead on this collection of Christmas tunes. Tackling both the traditional ("Ave Maria," "Adeste Fideles") and the modern (John Lennon's "Happy Xmas") Dion invests these yuletide songs with just the right mix of reverence and authority. Joined by everyone from R&B love man R. Kelly to Opera crossover superstar Andrea Bocelli, Dion proves that even a concept as overdone as the Holiday album can sound fresh and substantive when a performer of her ilk is involved.
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