Christmas in Tahoe

Christmas in Tahoe

by TrainTrain


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Credit to Train for capturing a specific seasonal vibe on their 2015 holiday album Christmas in Tahoe and, furthermore, for making it plain right in the record's title. Where most Christmas albums focus on afternoons filled with snow and evenings by the fire, Train zero in on a Californian Christmas, one with plenty of sun and margaritas to share. Appropriately, the band isn't big on carols -- only one makes the cut and that's "O Holy Night," its presence vaguely bringing to mind the Letterman tradition of Paul Shaffer singing it as Cher every holiday -- choosing to cover popular favorites from the '50s through the 21st century, throwing in a couple of peppy (and pretty good) originals along the way. The oldest song here is the 1950 Hawaiian holiday tune "Mele Kalikimaka," a novelty popularized by Bing Crosby, and the group also sticks in the '50s for "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me," which Pat Monahan hams up as a tribute to Elvis, but most of the tunes date from somewhere surrounding the '70s. Train cast their net wide, bringing in Donny Hathaway ("This Christmas"), the Band ("Christmas Must Be Tonight"), Joni Mitchell ("The River"), and Slade ("Merry Christmas Everybody") -- it's a wonder they didn't find room for Roy Wood's "I Wish It Was Christmas Everyday" -- and they also bring in Chrissie Hynde's "2000 Miles" and Tracey Thorn's recent "Tinsel and Lights," nods to good, varied taste one and all, but the real calling card for Christmas in Tahoe is its sunny, open feel. It, like Colbie Caillat's Christmas in the Sand before it, is an overdue holiday record for the West Coasters and there's an inherent charm to that sensibility that cannot be denied.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Sunken Forest Rec.
UPC: 0881034113313
catalogNumber: 0001
Rank: 138415

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Train   Primary Artist
David Mann   Horn,Alto Saxophone
Rob Mathes   Strings,Conductor,Horn
Suzanne Ornstein   Strings,Violin,Leader
Roger Rosenberg   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Horn
Pat Monahan   Vocals
Robert Rinehart   Strings,Leader,Viola
Luis Maldonado   Guitar
Lisa Kim   Strings,Concert Master
Sakai   Background Vocals
Victoria Parker   Violin
Drew Shoals   Drums
Hector Maldonado   Bass
Mike Davis   Trombone,Horn
Alan Stepansky   Strings,Cello,Leader
Phillip A. Peterson   Strings,Cello
Jerry Becker   Keyboards
Nikila Houston   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
John Goodmanson   Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Butch Walker   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Pat Monahan   Arranger,Composer
Neville Holder   Composer
Alex Venguer   Engineer
James Lea   Composer
Phillip A. Peterson   Arranger
Jerry Becker   Composer
Shadee Hasan   Composer

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