These Are Special Times

These Are Special Times

by Céline DionCéline Dion

CD(Dutch Import)

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In the wake of her Titanic success, Celine Dion produced two new albums for the holiday season of 1998. One was a new French album, and the other was These Are Special Times, her first Christmas album. These Are Special Times is an especially successful holiday album since Dion wisely balances popular carols ("The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Feliz Navidad") with new songs ("Don't Save It All for Christmas," the R. Kelly duet "I'm Your Angel"), hymns ("Ave Maria," "Adeste Fidelis"), and Christmas songs with a distinct religious theme ("O Holy Night," the Andrea Bocelli duet "The Prayer"). At times, the production is too slick, at other times Dion's vocals are a little mannered, but overall, These Are Special Times is very effective, because the songs are good and she's committed to the material. Any fan of Dion, or of '90s adult contemporary pop in general, should find this very enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2009
Label: Edge Unknown Vendors
UPC: 0886974501022
catalogNumber: 45010
Rank: 4195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Céline Dion   Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Louis Price   Choir, Chorus
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Martin Briley   Background Vocals
John Chiodini   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
Michael Thompson   Electric Guitar
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Maria Christensen   Background Vocals
R. Kelly   Track Performer
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Morgan Ames   Background Vocals
Randy Andos   Trombone
Bashiri Johnson   Background Vocals
Dick Bolks   Background Vocals
Alexandra Brown   Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant   Choir, Chorus
Bob Buckley   Conductor
Amick Byram   Background Vocals
Richie Cannata   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Lafayette Carthon   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Donna Davidson   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Piano,Synclavier
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Gary Falcone   Choir, Chorus
Bob Franceschini   Alto Saxophone
Simon Franglen   Synclavier
Roger Freeland   Background Vocals
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Nikki Gregoroff   Background Vocals
Linda Harmon   Background Vocals
Loris Holland   Conductor,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Khris Kellow   Background Vocals
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Darlene Koldenhoven   Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Morrow   Background Vocals
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Jeffrey Ramsey   Choir, Chorus
Anthony Ransom   Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Johnny Rutledge   Background Vocals
John Scarpula   Baritone Saxophone
Don Shelton   Background Vocals
Marc Shulman   Guitar
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Taylor   Guitar
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Terry Trotter   Piano
Rob Trow   Background Vocals
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Joan Walton   Background Vocals
Spencer Washington   Background Vocals
John West   Background Vocals
Cheryl Wilson   Background Vocals
Elisabeth Withers   Background Vocals
Steve Wolf   Drums
Andrea Bocelli   Track Performer
Diana Krall   Piano
Elin Carlson   Background Vocals
Susie Stevens Logan   Background Vocals
Robert Moe   Background Vocals
Don Harris   Trumpet
Lisa Lougheed   Background Vocals
Bill Harris   Alto Saxophone
Russ Desalvo   Guitar
Phil Western   Keyboards
Stevie Robinson   Background Vocals
Nancey Jackson   Background Vocals
Larry Salzman   Guitar
Kamil Rustam   Acoustic Guitar
Peter Zizzo   Guitar
Jane Barnett   Background Vocals
Ayuana George   Background Vocals
Robert Bowker   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Background Vocals
Vancouver Orchestra   Strings
Cathy Richardson   Background Vocals
Patrick Carroll   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Tom Rainer   Synthesizer
John Scarpulla   Baritone Saxophone
Randy Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Robin Robinson   Background Vocals
Stephen Amerson   Background Vocals
Rich Logan   Background Vocals
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Johannes Brahms   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
José Feliciano   Composer
Céline Dion   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Producer
Tony Black   Programming
Yoko Ono   Composer
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Maria Christensen   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Bova   Programming
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Bob Buckley   String Arrangements
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Johnnie Carl   Arranger
Shane Keister   Arranger,Handbell Arrangement
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Loris Holland   Vocal Arrangements
Eliot Kennedy   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Vito Luprano   Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel   Orchestral Arrangements
Rob Mathes   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Olle Romo   Programming
Schmitt   Engineer
Steve Skinner   Arranger,drum programming
Randy Staub   Engineer
Rick Wake   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
George Whitty   Engineer,keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Crystal Cathedral Choir   Contributor
John Doelp   Executive Producer
Dan Hetzel   Engineer
Stephen George   Programming
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Hooshik   Art Direction
Phil Western   Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements
Rick Kerr   Engineer
Curt Frasca   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Gary Van Pelt   Engineer
David Shackney   Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi   Engineer
Terence Dover   Engineer
Tony Renis   Producer,translation
John Francis Wade   Composer
Peter Zizzo   Arranger,Composer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Alberto Testa   translation
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Patrick Carroll   drum programming
Jay Johnson   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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