The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy

The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy

by Sounds of Blackness


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Capitalizing on the unexpected success of the group's debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, Sounds of Blackness delivered The Night Before Christmas in late 1992, just in time for the holiday season. It's fairly safe to consider this a rushed project. Sounds of Blackness were still riding high on the success of singles like "Optimistic" and "Testify" at the time, and, if anything, this album kept the group in the spotlight for a few more months. In retrospect, there's nothing particularly amazing about this album. The group quickly treads through a number of holiday favorites, never devoting more than a couple minutes to each particular song. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were signed on as producers, which makes this album noteworthy to a certain extent, yet the dynamic duo don't deliver the sort of genius production you'd expect from them. Overall, The Night Before Christmas sounds like a half-hearted effort. And even though the group's intentions seem in place, giving the album a truly spiritual feel, the execution seems a bit too casual to be truly moving. This is one you might want to pass on until you've explored Sounds of Blackness' other '90s albums first.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1992
Label: Perspective Records
UPC: 0731454900027
catalogNumber: 549000

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sounds of Blackness   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bill Smith   Narrator
Jamecia Bennett   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal),Rap
Core Cotton   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Robert Edwards   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
LaSalle Gabriel   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Jimmy Jam   Multi Instruments
Valerie Johnson   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
Wanda Lewis   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal)
Larry Sims   Trumpet,Piccolo,Piccolo Trumpet
Billy Steele   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Lance Alexander   Multi Instruments
Dorothy Brown   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Gary Hines   Percussion,Conductor,Drums,Keyboards,Recorder,Narrator
Prof. T.   Multi Instruments
Jennifer Whitlock   Vocals,Voices,Alto (Vocal),Monologue
Kevin Whitlock   Percussion
Bradley Yost   Recorder
Shirley Marie Graham   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Franklin Wharton   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Louis J. Wilson   Horn,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Trenon Graham   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Carrie Harrington   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Ann Bennett-Nesby   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal),Dialogue
Michael L. Bowens   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Terrence Frierson   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Patricia Lacy   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Beverly Mahto   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy Shelby   Soprano (Vocal),Alto (Vocal)
Dorothy J. Townes   Alto (Vocal)
Cheryl D. Warder-Reeves   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal)
David Wright   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Rojeem Taylor   Tenor (Vocal)
Freddie Winston   Bass (Vocal)
Rev. Joseph Young   Bass
Elizabeth J. Turner   Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal)
Angela Henderson   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal)
James "Big Jim" Wright   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Renee McCall   Vocals
Alecia Russell   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Sandra Harris   Vocals,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal)
David B. Young   Bass (Vocal)
Russell Knighton   Vocals
Jayne Bell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Sounds of Blackness   Contributor
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Executive Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer,Executive Producer
David Rideau   Engineer
Lance Alexander   Contributor
Gary Hines   Arranger,Director,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Stuart Watson   Cover Photo
Rowan Moore   Art Direction
Ginger Commodore   Arranger
Bradley Yost   Producer,Engineer
Louis J. Wilson   Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Carrie Harrington   Producer
Dorothy J. Townes   Contributor
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
John Thomas McFarland   Composer
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer

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