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The 2004 release Ultimate Christmas, Vol. 2 collects 18 Christmas songs from the BMG vaults. Most of the tunes date from the first few years of the 2000s, so many of the names are familiar to the pop audience of 2004, but, strangely, all the artists have moved on since they cut the material on this disc, so there's a strange disconnect from the music showcased here and the public image they have at the end of 2004. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC, and R. Kelly are all here, but the music was cut long before Britney turned into a white-trash bride, before Christina pierced her entire body, before Justin left the band (and before JC's album flopped and before Joey Fatone went Broadway), and before R. Kelly was embroiled in a series of ugly sex scandals. Consequently, all their songs have a bit of innocence that's disconcerting to jaded 2004 ears, and, frankly, that's refreshing -- Britney simply sounded better singing fizzy bubblegum like "My Only Wish (This Year)" instead of laborious workouts like "(I Got That) Boom Boom." Nevertheless, these older recordings give Ultimate Christmas, Vol. 2 a bit of a dated feel, but that's not entirely a bad thing, particularly since there's some good relatively recent songs from the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Dido, as well as good, very old songs from Alan Jackson, Eurythmics, TLC, and Elvis Presley. The result is a hodgepodge, and one that doesn't necessarily hold together, but it's pretty fun all the same, not least because it's a bit of an unwitting nostalgia trip.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2013
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837158220
catalogNumber: 371582
Rank: 27850


  1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  3. Angels We Have Heard On High
  4. World Christmas
  5. Oh Holy Night
  6. Christmas Day
  7. Christmas Time is Here
  8. My Only Wish (This Year)
  9. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  10. This Christmas
  11. Sleigh Ride
  12. Miracle of Love
  13. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  14. Santa Claus is Back In Town
  15. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  16. Honky Tonk Christmas
  17. Posada (Pilgrimage To Bethlehem)
  18. Winter Wonderland

Album Credits

Performance Credits

TLC   Background Vocals
Voices of Praise   Choir, Chorus
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Eric Dawkins   Vocals
Kelly Clarkson   Vocals
Priscilla Jones-Campbell   Vocals
John Savannah   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer
Pebbles   Producer
Kenny G   Arranger,Producer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Buddy Brock   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Martina McBride   Producer
Toni Braxton   Producer
Joe   Producer
Frank Loesser   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Producer
Dennis Burnside   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Dido   Producer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Organized Noize   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Benny Rietveld   Composer,Producer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Troy Taylor   Producer
Zack Turner   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger
Kim Williams   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Rollo   Producer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Veit Renn   Composer,Producer
Lloyd Ziff   Cover Photo
Sol Survivor   Producer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Christina Aguilera   Arranger
E. Dawk   Director,Producer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Traditional   Composer
JC Chasez   Composer
Rollo Armstrong   Composer
Brian Kierulf   Composer,Producer
Priscilla Jones-Campbell   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
David A. Stewart   Producer
Josh Schwartz   Composer,Producer
James McMillan   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Chakdaddy   Producer
Chris Ramirez   Licensing
Kim Johnson   Director
Vincent Degiorgio   Composer
Miyoko Komine   Cover Photo

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