Sacred Steel for the Holidays - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Mono / Stereo
- 53m 24s
- Chuck Campbell; Phillip Campbell; Chuck Campbell; Phillip Campbell
- Sacred Steel for the Holidays
The Campbell Brothers: Phillip Campbell (guitar); Chuck Campbell (pedal steel guitar); Darick Campbell (lap steel guitar); Carlton Campbell (drums).
Additional personnel: Denise Brown (vocals).
The Campbell Brothers: Phillip Campbell (guitar, midi, bass guitar); Chuck Campbell (acoustic slide guitar, pedal steel guitar); Darick Campbell, Carlton Campbell.
Personnel: Denise Brown (vocals); Phillip Campbell (guitar, midi bass); Chuck Campbell (slide guitar); Darick Campbell (lap steel guitar); Carlton Campbell (drums).
Additional personnel: Dan Tyack (pedal steel guitar); Malcolm Kirby (bass guitar); Denise Brown.
Audio Mixers: Darick Campbell; Chuck Campbell ; Phillip Campbell.
Editor: Chuck Campbell .
Arrangers: Chuck Campbell ; Phillip Campbell.
If it weren't the exquisite taste and playing by the Campbell Brothers, this could all too easily fall into the trap of being close to a lounge Christmas album. But when you're working within a specific framework, it's hard to become too carried away, and seasonal albums don't lend themselves to the kind of jamming and unrestrained fervor so typical of a Campbell Brothers performance. So while a song like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" might swing and enjoy a good solo, it's to the point and clipped, with a distinctly jazzy tone. The closest they come to really sounding like themselves is on "Go Tell It on the Mountain," which is more gospel than Christmas anyway. They do move beyond Christian celebration with a bopping version of "The Dreydl Song," guaranteed to get the feet moving at any Hanukkah party, although even then it never really takes off for the stratospheric heights the band is capable of. There is a nice diversion with "What Child Is This" set to the tune of "Greensleeves," but that's all it is.The main problem with this record is that it's pleasant. There's no edge, and there's certainly never the feeling of the players stretching themselves, or having to even break a sweat. This is the kind of thing they could do in their sleep. So while it's head and shoulders above most holiday records, it really doesn't compare to the rest of their oeuvre. But the chances are that it'll remain a perennial seller. ~ Chris Nickson
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- The Campbell Brothers
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Silent Night
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Go Tell It on the Mountain
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Rock of Ages
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Dreydl Song, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Joy to the World
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] What a Child Is This
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] First Noel, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Little Drummer Boy, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Christmas Song, The
- E1 Distribution (USA)
- Video Disabled
- Chuck Campbell; Phillip Campbell
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