Babyface Christmas With Babyface
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- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- 2.Winter Wonderland
- 3.The Christmas Song
- 4.White Christmas
- 5.The Little Drummer Boy
- 6.I'll Be Home For Christmas
- 7.It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / The First Noel
- 8.Sleigh Ride
- 9.Silent Night
- 10.You Were There
Personnel: Babyface (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Vernon Black (guitar, programming); Walter Afanasieff (nylon guitar, keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer vibraphone, bells); John Kurlander, Dave Reitzas (strings); Mark Russo (tenor saxophone); Greg Phillinganes (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Wayne Linsey (electric piano, Wurlitzer); Tim Carmon, Kenneth Crouch (Hammond B-3 organ); Nathan East (bass); Ricky Lawson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Brandon Edmonds (tambourine); Dan Shea (programming); Take 6 (background vocals).
Engineers include: Paul Boutin, Dave Gleeson, John Kurlander.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Walter Afanasieff won the 2000 Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year for CHRISTMAS WITH BABYFACE.
Babyface had long demonstrated a talent for smooth, seductive, laid-back contemporary soul before he recorded his holiday album, Christmas with Babyface. Those years he spent perfecting his style were put to good use -- not only did he turn into a reliable hitmaker, but he developed an alluring, mellow sound that appealed to all generations of listeners, which is exactly what is needed for a successful holiday album. And Christmas with Babyface is exactly that -- a warm, friendly, and inviting holiday record, with enough soul for younger listeners and enough style for old folks. It may not be a classic, but it is a lovely record ideal for romantic winter nights or relaxed holiday parties. ~ Leo Stanley
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