Celine Dion These Are Special Times [Deluxe Edition] (CD + DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 2, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- 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.Magic Of Christmas Day, The (God Bless Us Everyone)
- 6.Ave Maria
- 7.Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
- 8.Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
- 9.Prayer, The - (with Andrea Bocelli)
- 10.Brahms' Lullaby
- 11.Christmas Eve
- 12.These Are The Special Times
- 13.Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
- 14.I'm Your Angel - (with R. Kelly)
- 15.Feliz Navidad
- 16.Les Cloches Du Hameau
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, Larry Salzman, Ira Siegel, Marc Shulman, Russ Desalvo (guitar); Kamil Rustam (acoustic guitar); Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Vancouver Orchestra (strings); Richie Cannata (saxophone); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Shane Keister (piano, programming); Diana Krall, Terry Trotter (piano); Heather Hinton (organ); Loris Holland (Hammond b-3 organ, background vocals); Phil Western (keyboards, programming); Tom Rainer (synthesizer); Patrick Carroll (bass guitar, percussion, drum programming); Chuck Domanico (bass guitar); Jeff Hamilton , John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Shawn Pelton, Frank Vilardi (drums); The Hand Bell Choir Of The Ridgewood Methodist Church, Ridgewood, NJ (hand bells); Jeff Bova (programming, keyboard programming); Felipe Elgueta, Olle Romo (programming); Steve Skinner (keyboard programming, drum programming); Jimmy Bralower (drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Troy Bright, Donna Davidson, Alexandra Brown, Jeffrey Ramsey, Susan Logan, Thomas Funderburk, Roger Freeland, Gloria Grace Prosper, Dana Callitri, Latasha Jordan, Darlan Holley, Susie Stevens Logan, Rich Logan , Darlene Koldenhoven , Diva Gray, Don Shelton , Stephen Amerson, Elisabeth Withers, Eric Troyer, Fonzi Thornton, Gary Falcone, Dennis Collins , John West, Linda Harmon, Louis Price, Margaret Dorn, Maria Christensen, Martin Briley, Amick Byram, Morgan Ames, Nancey Jackson, Nikki Gregoroff, Paulette McWilliams, Randy Phillips, Sharon Bryant, Spencer Washington, Ayuana George, Elin Carlson, Jonathan Mack, Vaneese Thomas, Bobbi Page, Dick Bolks, Bridgette Bryant, Jane Barnett, Carmen Carter, Carmen Twillie (background vocals); Crystal Cathedral Choir.
Additional personnel: Andrea Bocelli, R. Kelly.
Audio Remasterer: Jeff Magid.
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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