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Various - A Very Special Christmas ~ The Story And The Music album mp3

Various - A Very Special Christmas ~ The Story And The Music album mp3

Performer: Various
Title: A Very Special Christmas ~ The Story And The Music
Country: US
Released: 2013
Style: Pop Rap, Pop Rock
Rating: 4.2
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A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit the Special Olympics. The album was released in mid-October 1987, and production was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. A Very Special Christmas has raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. The cover artwork was designed by Keith Haring.

Outstanding tracks include the Pretenders "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with Chrissie Hynde giving a touching performance. s topical "Christmas in Hollis" relies heavily on sampling "Back Door Santa," and may head you toward the dance floor. Alison Moyet's stately version of "The Coventry Carol" is beautifully haunting.

Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist - Artist (Sample). Enyas rendition of Silent Night is fair. And Mary J. Blige's Christmas in the City" would be a must for those living in New York or those that just love the city of New York. While I didn't really care for the No Doubt original "Oi to the World", it might be just what the ex punk rocker turned parent might like to play as an alternative to the Christmas fluff.

Album · 2012 · 18 Songs. A Christmas Story - The Musical Various Artists. Listen on Apple Music.

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Various Artists, ‘A Very Special Christmas’. For this charity album in 1987 – the first in a long series benefiting the Special Olympics – producer Jimmy Iovine pulled in an all-star lineup, including Madonna, Sting, Whitney Houston, and John Cougar Mellencamp. Standout performers included Bruce Springsteen ("Merry Christmas Baby"), U2 ("Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," and the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), but nobody could top Run-D. If modern Christmas music is basically an appendix to the Great American Songbook, then who better to sing it than the foremost interpreter of Cole Porter and the Gershwins?

Listening to Christmas music can be like eating your grandma's holiday fruitcake. a little bit goes a long way. Between all the shopping, visiting relatives, and bell-ringing Santas on every street corner, we've got enough on our minds at this time of the year without having our ears assaulted by the music of Andy Williams and a chorus of singing Chipmunks. Sure there are certain Christmas songs and albums that cut through all the crap and commercialism and remind us what this season is all about. That's why you should get familiar with Complex 's Best Christmas Albums of All Time. They're not limited any particular era or genre. Some would be considered classic, others are very much outside the box, but all are records we keep coming back to again and again-just because we like the way they make us feel. And they never get annoying, even when the holidays put you in a daze.

Tracklist Hide Credits

Original Volume 1 CD
CD-1 Pointer Sisters Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bass – T.M. StevensDrums – Steve JordanEngineer [Assistant] – Dan Nash, Mark McKenna, Michael Morongell, Rob JacobsGuitar – David Freeman, Michael LandauMixed By – Bob ClearmountainPiano – Roy BittanProducer – Jimmy Iovine, Roy BittanRecorded By – Don Smith, Shelly YakusSaxophone – Clarence ClemonsWritten-By – H. Gillespie*, J. F. Coots*
CD-2 Eurythmics Winter Wonderland
Drum Programming – David A. Stewart, Richard FeldmanEngineer [Assistant] – Tom BanghartKeyboards – Annie Lennox, John Van Tongerin*, Richard FeldmanMixed By – Humberto GaticaProducer – Eurythmics, Richard FeldmanRecorded By – Richard FeldmanWritten-By – R. Smith*, F. Bernard*
CD-3 Whitney Houston Do You Hear What I Hear?
Backing Vocals – Darlene Love, Edna Wright PerryBass – Jimmy Johnson Drums – Ritchie Hayward*Engineer [Assistant] – Mark McKennaGuitar – Steve LukatherMixed By – Bob ClearmountainPercussion – Bobbye HallPiano – Jay Winding*Producer – Jimmy IovineRecorded By – Scott Litt, Thom PanunzioSynthesizer, Arranged By [Strings] – Charles JudgeWritten-By – G. Shayne*, N. Regney*
CD-4 Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band Merry Christmas Baby
Mastered By [Originally] – Bob LudwigMixed By – Bob ClearmountainProducer – Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Plotkin, Jon LandauRecorded By – Toby ScottWritten By – L. Baxter / J. Moore
CD-5 The Pretenders Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Bass – T.M. StevensDrums – Blair CunninghamEngineer [Assistant] – Steve BoyerGuitar – Robbie McIntoshKeyboards – Rupert BlackMixed By – Bob Clearmountain, Bruce LampcovProducer – Bob Clearmountain, Jimmy IovineRecorded By – Bruce Lampcov, Scott LittWritten-By – H. Martin*, R. Blane*
CD-6 John Cougar Mellencamp I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Accordion – John CascellaBacking Vocals – Crystal Taleifero*, Pat PetersonBass – Coby Myers*Drums – Kenny AronoffFiddle – Lisa GermanoGuitar – Larry Crane, Mike WanchicMixed By – Bob ClearmountainProducer – Don Gehman, John Mellencamp*Recorded By – David LeonardWritten-By – T. Connor*
CD-7 Sting Gabriel's Message
Arranged By – David WillcocksProducer – Pete Smith, StingRecorded By, Mixed By – Pete SmithWritten By [Words] – Sabine Banng GouldWritten-By – Traditional
CD-8 Run-DMC Christmas In Hollis
Co-producer – Rick Rubin, Steve EttProducer – Run-DMCRecorded By, Mixed By – Steve EttWritten By – J. Simmons / D. McDaniels / J. Mizell
CD-9 U2 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Backing Vocals – Darlene LoveMixed By – Bob ClearmountainProducer – Jimmy IovineRecorded By – Scott Litt, Thom PanunzioWritten-By – E. Greenwich*, J. Barry*, P. Spector*
CD-10 Madonna Santa Baby
Arranged By – Jeremy LubbockEngineer [Assistant] – Peter Droll, Rob JacobsProducer – Jimmy IovineRecorded By, Mixed By – Shelly YakusWritten By – J. Javits / P. Springer
CD-11 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band* The Little Drummer Boy
Backing Vocals – Andrea Robinson, Darryl Phinnessee, Donny Gerrard, Dorian Holley, John Townsend, Laura Creamer, Rosemary ButlerBass – Chris CampbellDrums – Don BrewerEngineer [Assistant] – Mark DeSisto*, Mark McKennaGuitar – Nils Lofgren, Rick VitoKeyboards – David ErvinMixed By – Joe ChiccarelliPercussion – Crystal Taleifero*Piano – Craig FrostProducer – Bob Seger, Jimmy IovineRecorded By – Don Smith, Shelly YakusSaxophone – Alto ReedWritten-By – H. Simone*, H. Onorati*, K. Davis*
CD-12 Bryan Adams Run Rudolph Run
Bass – Dave Taylor Drums – Mickey CurryGuitar – Bryan AdamsGuitar [Additional], Keyboards [Additional] – Keith ScottKeyboards – Johnny BlitzMixed By – Bob ClearmountainProducer – Bryan AdamsRecorded By – Smudger Written By – M. BrodieWritten-By – J. Marks*
CD-13 Bon Jovi I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas
Producer – Bob Rock
CD-14 Alison Moyet The Coventry Carol
Producer, Mixed By, Arranged By – Alison Moyet, Peter OxendaleRecorded By – John FryerWritten-By – Traditional
CD-15 Stevie Nicks Silent Night
Arranged By – Richard Warren Backing Vocals – Robbie Nevil, Sharon CelaniEngineer [Assistant] – Dan NashGuitar – Waddy WachtelMixed By – Bob ClearmountainPiano – Roy BittanProducer – Jimmy Iovine, Roy BittanRecorded By – Shelly Yakus, Thom PanunzioWritten-By – Traditional
DVD-1 Vanessa Williams A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Of Bringing Joy To The World (Documentary)

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Universal Music Distribution
  • Distributed By – Universal Music Distribution
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Special Olympics, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Special Olympics, Inc.


  • Executive Producer – Jimmy Iovine
  • Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen


CD & DVD in one standard size jewel case
Artwork by Keith Haring.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 602537539178

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
SP-3911 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(LP, Comp, Bla) A&M Records SP-3911 US 1987
393 911-4 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(Cass, Comp) A&M Records, Polydor 393 911-4 Italy 1987
393 911-4 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(Cass, Comp) A&M Records 393 911-4 Spain 1987
393 911-2 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(CD, Comp, RP) A&M Records 393 911-2 Europe Unknown
LPR 73033 Various A Very Special Christmas ‎(LP, Comp) A&M Records LPR 73033 Mexico 1987

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