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, Michael Thompson (guitar, electric guitar); Peter Zizzo (guitar, programming, keyboard programming, bass programming, drum programming); Chieli Minucci, Larry Salzman, Chris "Box" Taylor, Ira Siegel, Marc Shulman, Russ Desalvo (guitar); Kamil Rustam, Ram¢n Stagnaro (acoustic guitar); Vancouver Orchestra (strings); Richie Cannata (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Harris , Bob Franceschini (alto saxophone); John Scarpulla, John Scarpula (baritone saxophone); Barry Danielian, Tony Kadleck (trumpet); Randy Andos, Ozzie Melendez (trombone); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Shane Keister (piano, Synclavier, programming); Diana Krall, Terry Trotter (piano); Heather Hinton (organ); Loris Holland (Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards, background vocals); Phil Western (keyboards, programming); Steve Skinner (keyboards, keyboard programming, drum programming); Lafayette Carthon (keyboards, background vocals); Tom Rainer (synthesizer); Simon Franglen (Synclavier); Patrick Carroll (bass guitar, percussion, drum programming); Chuck Domanico, Gary Haase (bass guitar); John "J.R." Robinson , Jeff Hamilton , John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Shawn Pelton, Frank Vilardi, Steve Wolf (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion, background vocals); Rafael Padilla (percussion); The Hand Bell Choir Of The Ridgewood Methodist Church, Ridgewood, NJ (hand bells); Jeff Bova (programming, keyboard programming); Jimmy Bralower (programming, drum programming); Felipe Elgueta, Olle Romo, Tony Black (programming); Cheryl Wilson, Cindy Mizelle, Troy Bright, Donna Davidson, Johnny Rutledge, Brenda White-King, Alexandra Brown, Jeffrey Ramsey, Susan Logan, Thomas Funderburk, Roger Freeland, Gloria Grace Prosper, Dana Callitri, Latasha Jordan, Darlan Holley, 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, Don Shelton , Stephen Amerson, Elisabeth Withers, Eric Troyer, Latasha Jordon, Fonzi Thornton, Gary Falcone, Lisa Lougheed, Stevie Robinson, Dennis Collins , John West, Khris Kellow, 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, Sue Ann Carwell, Tawatha Agee, Ayuana George, Elin Carlson, Jonathan Mack, Vaneese Thomas, Bobbi Page, Dick Bolks, Bridgette Bryant, Jane Barnett, Carmen Carter, Carmen Twillie , Cathy Richardson (background vocals); Crystal Cathedral Choir.
Additional personnel: Andrea Bocelli, R. Kelly.
Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.
Audio Remasterer: Jeff Magid.
Liner Note Author: Chuck Taylor.
Recording information: Avatar Recording Studios, New York, NY; Battery studios, Chicago, IL; Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Chicago Recording Co; Clinton Recording, New York, NY; Cove City Sound Studios, Long Island, NY; Criteria Recording Studios, FL; Crystal Cathedral, CA; Enterprise Records, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Le Studio Morin Heights, Los Angeles, CA; Nervious Music, New York, NY; Nervous Music, New York, NY; Oceanway, Los Angeles, CA; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Sony Sound Stage, Los Angeles, CA; The Dream Factory, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana; WTM Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Translators: Tony Renis; Alberto Testa.
Arrangers: R. Kelly; Rick Wake; Shane Keister; Steve Skinner; Peter Zizzo; Russ Desalvo; Johnnie Carl; Jeremy Lubbock; Ronn Huff; William Ross .
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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