My Gift to You - (Import CD)
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- Mono / Stereo
- My Gift to You
Personnel: Alexander O'Neal (vocals); Jellybean Johnson (guitar, percussion); Dave Agent (guitar); Thomas McElroy, Denzil Foster (keyboards, programming); Lisa Keith, Randy Ran (background vocals).
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Steve Hodge.
Recorded at Starlight Studio, Richmond, Virginia; Flyte Tyme Productions and MPR Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Recording information: Flyte Tyme Productions, Mpls., MN; MPR Studios, Mpls., MN; Starlight Sound, Richmond, CA.
Photographer: Joe Stafford.
Holiday records were a staple of the Motown, Atlantic, and Stax release schedules during the golden age of soul music, but in the 1980s few R&B acts picked up the baton. Although it hasn't dated particularly well, My Gift to You nevertheless remains an admirable and energetic attempt to revive the Christmas album concept for a new generation, pairing Alexander O'Neal with the hitmaking production duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to create a lushly romantic set considerably more thoughtful and heartfelt than your average yuletide cash-in. Half of the album's ten songs are Jam/Lewis originals, and even if none of them emerged as contemporary standards, they do a good job of capturing both the secular ("Our First Christmas") and spiritual ("Remember Why It's Christmas") dimensions of the season. O'Neal also delivers shopworn material like "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Winter Wonderland" with conviction, saving his most potent performance for the Donny Hathaway classic "This Christmas." There's no getting around the trademark Jam/Lewis production, though. My Gift to You is plainly a product of its era, complete with thick synthesizers and programmed rhythms, and is best enjoyed by listeners still hoping Santa brings them acid-washed jeans and Members Only jackets regardless of the year in question. ~ Jason Ankeny
- Studio / Live
- Alexander O'Neal
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] My Gift To You
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sleigh Ride
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Our First Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Remember Why (It's Christmas)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Little Drummer Boy, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] This Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Winter Wonderland
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Thank You For a Good Year
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Remember Why (It's Christmas) (Reprise)
- Universal Music Enterpris
- 42m 37s
- Video Disabled
- Brad Yost; Steve Hodge
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