9.Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
10.Christmas Time Is Here
11.A Cradle in Bethlehem
Personnel: David Hungate (guitar, bass guitar); Martin Taylor (guitar); Reggie Young (electric guitar); David Davidson (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); John Catchings (cello); John Mock (pennywhistle); Pat Bergeson (harmonica); Joey Miskulin (accordion); Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Matt Rollings (piano); Farrell Morris (vibraphone); Eddie Gomez (bass guitar); Lewis Nash , Eddie Bayers (drums); Robert Baily, Russ Taff, Chris Willis, Louis Dean Nunley (background vocals).
Anyone familiar with Manchester's early '80s oeuvre might imagine that her Christmas album would be an overly sentimental prospect. And that would be a pity, because Joy contained her most sensitive, understated performance in years. She controlled her tendency to belt and chose excellent material (mainly secular Hollywood material) that all listeners could relate to. Next to classics like "White Christmas," her own material fared surprisingly well -- it was her strongest for some time, and the five-piece ensemble arrangements are particularly tasteful, considering what an overcrowded, grandiose genre Christmas albums normally are. ~ Charles Donovan