Blige, Mary J. - A Mary Christmas (CD)
Mary J. Blige
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- Rock & Pop
- Number of Discs
- Number of Items
- A Mary Christmas *
- Country of Origin
- Mono / Stereo
- Audio CD
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Little Drummer Boy
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] My Favorite Things
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] This Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] When You Wish Upon a Star - (featuring Chris Botti/Barbra Streisand)
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mary, Did You Know
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Do You Hear What I Hear?
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Petit Papa No‰l
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] First Noel, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Noche de Paz [Silent Night]
- 46m 17s
Audio Mixer: Jochem van der Saag.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, UK; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Platinum Sound Recording Studios, New York, NY; Verve Studios, Santa Monica, CA.
Arranger: David Foster.
A truly Mary Christmas would match the distraught look on the cover. Blige's first Christmas album, guided by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag, doesn't feature sad or embittered chestnuts like "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" (was Method Man busy?). Instead, it contains a mix of standard holiday songs -- a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It's a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material, even when she's joined by Jessie J (of all people) for a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" that is overcooked. It could use a couple more joyous songs in the vein of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," which is a delight despite so many versions since the original 1970 version. A Mary Christmas won't likely reach the high status of, say, Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas, but it's a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years. ~ Andy Kellman
- Universal Distribution
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Video Disabled
- Mary J. Blige
- Jochem van der Saag; David Foster
- Date Released
- 2013-08-01 00:00:00
- Jochem van der Saag; Steve Price; Serge Tsai; Steve Genewick; Jorge Vivo
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