Chicago Ultimate Christmas Collection (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 22, 2012
- Label: Rhino
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Winter Wonderland
- 2.Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- 3.Jolly Old St. Nicholas
- 4.Little Drummer Boy
- 5.This Christmas
- 6.Feliz Navidad
- 8.The Christmas Song
- 9.O Come All Ye Faithful
- 10.Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- 11.Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- 12.Sleigh Ride
- 13.Silent Night
- 14.What Child is This?
- 15.Christmas Time Is Here
- 16.God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- 17.Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
- 18.Child's Prayer
- 19.One Little Candle
- 20.White Christmas
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Wonderful Christmas Time - (featuring Dolly Parton)
- 2.Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
- 3.I Saw Three Ships
- 4.Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
- 5.What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
- 6.It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- 7.I'll Be Home for Christmas
- 8.On the Last Night of the Year
- 9.Merry Christmas Darling
- 10.Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day
- 11.My Favorite Things
- 12.O Christmas Tree
- 13.Jingle Bells
- 14.Here Comes Santa Claus / Joy to the World
Personnel: Keith Howland (vocals, guitar); Lee Loughnane (vocals, trumpet); Lou Pardini, Robert Lamm (vocals, keyboards); Jason Scheff (vocals); Walter Parazaider (flute, saxophone); James Pankow (trombone); Tris Imboden (drums); Drew Hester (percussion).
Audio Mixers: BJ Ramone; Ed Thacker.
Audio Remasterer: David Donnelly.
Liner Note Author: David Millman.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/2010); Glenwood Place Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (10/2010); Gold Mine Studio, Woodland Hills, CA (10/2010); Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA (10/2010); The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN (10/2010); A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (1998); Glenwood Place Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (1998); Gold Mine Studio, Woodland Hills, CA (1998); Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA (1998); The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN (1998); A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (2003); Glenwood Place Recording Studios, Burbank, CA (2003); Gold Mine Studio, Woodland Hills, CA (2003); Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA (2003); The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN (2003).
One of Chicago's specialties in the third act of their career is Christmas music. Since 1998's Chicago 25: The Christmas Album, seasonal albums have been common for Chicago, and 2012's Ultimate Christmas Collection rounds up two discs of highlights from these records, including duets with Dolly Parton ("Wonderful Christmas Time"), America ("I Saw Three Ships"), BeBe Winans ("Merry Christmas Darling"), and Steve Cropper ("Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day"). There are no rarities for the hardcore, but Chicago fans who never got around to purchasing any of the holiday albums will find this a swinging seasonal soundtrack to their holiday parties. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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