Entertainment Weekly - 11/30/01, p.90
"...Like 4, it's mostly a live album....Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers put a Christmas spin on the previously unseasonal 'Little Red Rooster'..." - Rating: B-
Compilation producers: Jim O'Neill, Tim Shriver, Maria Shriver.
This is part of A&M Records "A Very Special Christmas" series.
Personnel: Wyclef Jean (vocals, guitar, drums); Jonathan Siebels, B.B. King, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Mitch Allan (vocals, guitar); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Everett Bradley (vocals, percussion); Jeff Reid (vocals, background vocals); Claudette Ortiz, Darlene Love, Dido, Robby Pardlo, Jon Bon Jovi, Kimberly Brewer, Macy Gray, Max Collins, Ryan Toby, Stevie Nicks (vocals); Phil X. (guitar, programming); Robert Quinn, Mark Beauchemin, Mike Campbell , Paul Herman, Scott Thurston, Bobby Bandiera (guitar); Joey Stann (saxophone); Ed Manion (baritone saxophone); Alan Chez (trumpet); Tom "Bones" Malone (trombone); Robert Aaron (horns); Michael Mancini, Farel Jean, Jerry Cohen, Sister Bliss, Benmont Tench (keyboards); John Allen (drums, background vocals); Donald Guillaume, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Holley, Tony Fagenson, Steve Ferrone (drums); Sudha (percussion); Blandinna Melky Jean, Pauline Taylor, Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: George Drakoulias; Mike Rew; Obie O'Brien; Phill Brown; Wyclef Jean.
Recording information: Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Platinum Recording Studios; Platinum Sound studios, New York, NY.
Arranger: Eve 6.
This fifth chapter of the series A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS finds executive producers Bobby Shriver, Jon Bon Jovi, and Joel Gallen raising money to benefit Special Olympics International with a mix of studio and live performances by an eclectic line-up of performers.
Forming the centerpiece of A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 5 are live recordings from the TNT television special A Very Special Christmas From Washington, D.C. that originally aired in December 2000. Jon Bon Jovi croons like the King on "Blue Christmas," Macy Gray delivers a soulful version of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas (Hang All the Mistletoe)" and Wyclef Jean and Stevie Wonder funk up "Merry Christmas Baby." Other stellar showings from this live White House performance are Sheryl Crow doing Chuck Berry proud with her version of "Run Rudolph Run," Stevie Nicks reprising "Silent Night" from A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers digging into Howlin' Wolf's very non-Xmas blues classic "Little Red Rooster." Equally inspiring in-studio cuts include the raunchy John Popper/B.B. King duet "Back Door Santa," Wyclef throwing some Caribbean spice into his medley of "Little Drummer Boy/Hot Hot," and Dido's ethereal original "Christmas Day".