These Are Special Times

Performers Celine Dion

550 Music | November 3, 1998 | Compact Disc

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The magic of Christmas comes alive when Celine Dion lends her talented pipes to both the traditional and contemporary music of the season. On These Are Special Times the pop diva tackles traditional tunes like "Adeste Fidelis" with as much aplomb as her renditions of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas." Rounding out the high-powered roster, Andrea Bocelli, Diana Krall and Bryan Adams all contribute their unfaltering talent to the mix. With this disc on the stereo, the fire roaring and the snow falling gently outside, you'll fill as snug as a bug in a rug.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 3, 1998

Genre: Christmas

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1998

Label Name: 550 Music

UPC: 074646952320

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These Are Special Times

Performers Celine Dion
Guest Artist(s) Andrea Bocelli, Bryan Adams, David Foster, Diana Krall, R. Kelly

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 3, 1998

Genre: Christmas

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1998

Label Name: 550 Music

UPC: 074646952320


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Title Track Time
1.O Holy Night --
2.Don't Save It All For Christmas Day --
3.Blue Christmas --
4.Another Year Has Gone By --
5.The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone) --
6.Ave Maria --
7.Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) --
8.The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) --
9.The Prayer --
10.Brahms' Lullaby --
11.Chirstmas Eve --
12.These Are The Special Times --
13.Happy Xmas (War Is Over) --
14.I'm Your Angel --
15.Feliz Navidad --
16.Les Cloches Du Hameau --

Editorial Notes

Personnel includes: Celine Dion (vocals); Dion Family (vocals); Peter Zizzo (guitar, keyboard & drum 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. 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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