A Special Christmas

A Special Christmas

by SWV


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SWV became one of the hottest American hit-making acts of the 1990s, scoring with a string of smash pop/R&B singles and three hit-laden albums. In 1997 they beefed up their catalog with their holiday offering, A Special Christmas, which turned out to be their final album. The endearing, sleek, soulful set finds the Sisters With Voices covering a sweet selection of holiday standards, and it differs from their previous albums because all three gals handle lead vocals (especially effective on their soaring rendition of "O Holy Night"). There is also a surprising innocence to this record, as if these were the neighborhood girls you'd see at church every weekend, which is all the more interesting because this trio established itself with street-wise, New Jack soul/pop songs. Highlights include the album's sole new song, co-written by the group's Cheyrl "Coko" Gamble," "Christmas Ain't Christmas," the Motown Christmas classic "Give Love on Christmas Day," the deliciously sweet "Silver Bells," "O Holy Night," and their take on "My Favorite Things," which deserves to be resurrected on future Christmas compilations. This album works because they treat the standards with respect and reverence, while still managing to put the SWV stamp on the recordings, and the sole new track is a highlight, instead of a bore, which many contemporary Christmas songs tend to be. A sweet, endearing, soulful set.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Bmg Special Product
UPC: 0755174496820
catalogNumber: 44968

Album Credits

Performance Credits

SWV   Primary Artist
Paul D. Allen   Drums
Jack Butler   Vocals
Vernon D. Fails   Piano,Keyboards
Michael J. Powell   Guitar,Percussion
Turner   Bass
Ron Otis   Drums
Robert Yancy   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Paul D. Allen   Engineering
Vernon D. Fails   Arranger,Adaptation
Hugh Martin   Composer
Michael J. Powell   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation,Engineering
Rex Rideout   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Gerard Smerek   Engineering
Ken Lewis   Engineering
Kevin Evans   Executive Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Phil Temple   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Joseph Mohr   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Carlos Laurenz   Engineering
Philip Jackson   Vocal Arrangements
Chip Sloan   Engineering

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