- Released: November 12, 2012
- Label: Hip-O Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
When your first single from "Grease," the biggest movie musical of all time, is the chart-topping "You're the One That I Want," and it becomes the best-selling duet in pop music history - that's a tough act to follow. Almost 35 years later, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have combined their iconic voices for This Christmas, a new album featuring Christmas favorites with guest artists such as Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, and James Taylor! Travolta and Newton-John will donate the artist proceeds from the album equally to their respective charities, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
- 1.Baby It's Cold Outside
- 2.Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (featuring Kenny G)
- 3.I'll Be Home For Christmas (featuring Barbra Streisand)
- 4.This Christmas (featuring Chick Corea)
- 5.Silent Night (featuring Olivia Newton-John)
- 6.The Christmas Waltz (featuring John Travolta)
- 7.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (featuring Cliff Richard)
- 8.Winter Wonderland (featuring Tony Bennett and The Count Basie Orchestra)
- 9.White Christmas
- 10.I Think You Might Like It
- 11.The Christmas Song
- 12.Deck The Halls (featuring James Taylor)
- 13.Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here (Medley)
Audio Mixers: Randy Waldman; Woody Woodruff.
Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ; Bergen/PAC Theatre, Engelwood, NJ; Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Deep Diner Studios, New York, NY; East West Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Echo Beach STudios, Jupiter, FL; Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Moonee Ponds Studios, Malibu, CA; NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Pacific Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Randini Studio, Studio City, CA; Ron Rose Productions, Tampa, FL.
Photographer: Rav Holly.
Longtime friends and long-ago Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John chose to team up once again in 2012, this time for a Christmas album designed to benefit their respective charities, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center and the Jett Travolta Foundation. So, This Christmas is camp for a cause, a cheerful celebration of the familiar trappings of the season. There are friends by the busload -- Cliff Richard, Chick Corea, Barbra Streisand, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, and James Taylor all pop in for a tune -- there's a production as clean and crisp as newly fallen snow, there's as much cheesy Christmas cheer as a stack of reindeer sweaters sitting underneath a plastic Christmas tree. Musically, the only left turn arrives in the amiably rocking new song "I Think You Might Like It" -- its guitars sound randier than the rest of the record but that's certainly on a relative scale -- otherwise these are songs you know by heart, all sung with a visible smile that's either ingratiating or insufferably, unwittingly campy, depending on your perspective. The thing of it is, This Christmas winds up serving both audiences equally well: it'll brighten the season of fans who take this at face value, and for those looking for a ridiculous dose of celeb Christmas cheer, Travolta's asides to "Liv" will more than fulfill their needs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine