20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Vanessa Williams

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This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 1996 collection Star Bright. With the help of some talented friends, charming pop vocalist Vanessa Williams blends in the beauty of jazz, gospel, and soul music to create a portrait of Christmas songs. The record is genuinely filled with a glistening appeal, and the songs it contains encompass a rich tapestry of the best and brightest seasonal music. The setting changes via each song, some tunes filled with Williams' rich voice backed by an assertive, charismatic gospel choir. The collection is filled with such traditionals as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "What Child Is This?" A brilliant rendition of Rob Mathes' "Star Bright" is featured, and "Angels We Have Heard on High" draws the listener to the feeling of a wintry landscape of hope and joy during this festive season. Perhaps the most romantic tune featured in this collection is Williams' duet with Bobby Caldwell, a flavorful jazz singer in his own right. These arrangements make good soup for the casual holiday music listener and should be favorites for a long time to come in the holiday section at one's local retail music store. Other uplifting, praiseworthy tunes such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Gracious Good Shepherd" deserve a listen. The final track, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," is the most reflective piece and should spark one to ponder on holidays and years past, and reminisce on precious times with family or without.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498603185
catalogNumber: 000062202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sandra Crouch   Guest Appearance
Bobby Caldwell   Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Tom Stacy   English Horn
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Julien Barber   Viola
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
John Beal   Bass
Shelton Becton   Background Vocals
Duane Broadnax   Drums
Ed Calle   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
David Finck   Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Conductor
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Will Lee   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
Rob Mathes   Organ,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Jan Mullen   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Paul Peabody   Violin
Shawn Pelton   Drums
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Mark Orrin Shuman   Celli
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Marti Sweet   Violin
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Donna Tecco   Violin
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Ellen Westerman   Celli
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Maxine Roach   Violin
Sarah Adams   Viola
Rick Dolan   Violin
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Melanie Hervey   Vocals,Soloist
Curtis McKonly   Conductor,Keyboards
Timothy Cobb   Bass
Carol Webb Sortomme   Violin
Claremont School Singers   Vocals
Mike Davis   Trombone

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Vanessa Williams   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Choir Arrangement
Alan Bergman   Composer
Bruce Carbone   Executive Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
Robbie Kondor   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Fred McFarlane   Arranger
Henry Onorati   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Jeff Kievit   Producer
Curtis McKonly   Arranger,Programming
William Sandys   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Gerry Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Mathes   Composer
Gary Chester   Engineer

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Star Bright 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have this CD at work and it is the favorite office Christmas CD. A beautiful song well done by a very admired lady.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love, love love this CD. Outstanding collection of songs and great interpretations. It's the first one I play during the season and certainly the one most often listened to in my house
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really a wonderful compilation of old and new Christmas music. If you have heard all the rest, give yourself a wonderful holiday gift and order this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD - with some upbeat jazzy mixes to some old traditional songs. Also - some beautiful vocals with a mix of gospel thrown in. Very beautiful - and also very focused on the Reason for the Season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of our favorite CD's for the Cristmas season. It has a great R&B feel and beatiful arrangements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Vanessa's version of all these Christmas songs. They are so peaceful and Happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not a Vanessa Williams fan until I purchased and listened to this cd - it will become one of classic, must-have collections. The songs are a combination of soulful and bluesy without losing the traditional sound they're great for sing-a-longs and dancing in your living room. If you're looking to add to your collection of Christmas music, this cd is a sure bet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have Christmas album. I replace this CD every 2 or 3 years, and every year I find someone who does not own a copy. They receive it in their stocking! I am not a big Vanessa Williams fan in other things, but this album touched my heart strings, and now it is a family classic at Christmas time, right along with Frank and Andy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a splendid christmas album that will warm the house up all year through! "What child is this" has a jazzy feel that fits in well with the other tracks backed with the lovely choir. My favorite song "The frst Noel" is really sweet and angelic. On a whole, this album won't disappoint anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago