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.
A Very Special Christmas. 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.
A Very Special Christmas" - Various Artists. U2 Related Content: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" (Studio Version) - U2 (02:21). I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas – Bon Jovi (4:26). Background Information. A Very Special Christmas was the first in a line of Christmas albums with proceeds from the sales of the albums going to benefit Special Olympics. The first album was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. The A Very Special Christmas album was originally designed as a memorial tribute to Iovine’s late father.
A Very Special Christmas has been added to your Cart. When was the last time you heard collard greens being sung about in a Christmas song? Probably never, unless you're a Run DMC fan, or were wise enough to hop on the Very Special Christmas tip. The rappers' contribution to this benefit collection is probably the highlight, although traditional songs covered by now-traditional artists like the Pretenders ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") provide the majority of the material here. Great Christmas album but note the song listings: the original album (cassette tape) including Bon Jovi singing "Backdoor Santa"; later pressings replaced this song with a different Bon Jovi song.
A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit Special Olympics. A Very Special Christmas has also raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics. On later pressings of the album, "Back Door Santa" was replaced with "I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas", also by Bon Jovi. Also, on later pressings of the album, a spoken introduction on The Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", presumably by a young child, was omitted. Various artists chronology. A Very Special Christmas (1987). A Very Special Christmas 2 (1992).
More Albums by Various Artists. A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth. Artist: Various Artists. Release Number: Release Date
|1||–John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir||Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Backing Vocals – May Pang, The Harlem Community ChoirDrums, Bells – Jim KeltnerEngineer – Roy CicalaGuitar – Chris Osbourne, Hugh McCracken, Stuart Scharf, Teddy IrwinPiano, Chimes, Glockenspiel – Nicky HopkinsProducer – Phil SpectorVocals, Guitar, Producer – John LennonVocals, Producer – Yoko OnoWritten-By – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
|2||–Rod Stewart Featuring Dave Koz||Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Bass – Chuck BerghoferGuitar – Dean ParksMixed By – Jochem van der SaagPercussion – Matt O'Connor Producer, Arranged By, Strings [Arrangement], Horns [Arrangement], Piano – David FosterSaxophone – Jeff DriskillSaxophone [Solo] – Dave KozStrings [Arrangement], Horns [Arrangement], Trumpet – Chris WaldenTrombone – Bob McChesneyWritten-By – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
|3||–Sting||I Saw Three Ships
Flute – Mickey Sumner*Keyboards – Dave HartleyProducer, Engineer, Mixed By – Simon OsborneVocals – StingWritten-By – Traditional
|4||–Aretha Franklin||Winter Wonderland
Producer – Clyde OtisVocals – Aretha FranklinWritten-By – Dick Smith , Felix Bernard
|5||–Josh Groban||It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Arranged By – Sarah Michael Foster*Guitar – Dean ParksOrchestrated By – Bill Ross*Piano – Josh GrobanProducer, Arranged By – David FosterVocals [Choir] – Andrea Jones, Angela Fisher, Brandon Winbush, Courtney Blooding, Esther Austin, James Burney, Keith Allen , Kurt Lykes, Nita Hutton*, Richard Page, Richard Redd, Shawntae JacksonWritten-By – Traditional
|6||–Jon Bon Jovi||Please Come Home For Christmas
Backing Vocals – Sir Harry Bowens*, Sweet Pea AtkinsonBass – Richard RuseDrums – Gregg BissonetteEngineer – Obie O'Brien, Phil Kaffel, Thom PanunzioEngineer [Assistant] – Brian Schueble*Guitar – Don Felder, Tim PierceKeyboards – Benmont TenchMixed By – Mick GuzauskiProducer – Jimmy IovineProduction Manager [Coordinator] – Lesley TaminelliWritten-By – Charles Brown, Gene Redd
|7||–Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers||ChristmasAll Over Again
Acoustic Guitar – Jimmy Rip, Kevin Dukes, Robbie Blunt, Todd SharpBass [Six-String] – Scott ThurstonDrums – Jim Keltner, Stan LynchElectric Guitar – Tim PierceEngineer – Phil Kaffel, Thom PanunzioEngineer [Assistant] – Brian Schueble*Engineer, Mixed By, Backing Vocals – Richard DoddHarp – Gayle LevantHarpsichord – Mitchell FroomMarimba – Efrain ToroPercussion – Brad Dutz, Phil Jones Piano – Benmont TenchProducer – Jimmy IovineProducer [Coordinator] – Lesley Taminelli, Susie TallmanProducer, Bass, Bells, Timpani, Backing Vocals – Jeff LynneProducer, Twelve-String Guitar [Electric], Bass – Mike CampbellSaxophone – Joel Peskin, Marty Krystall, Mike Turre*, Phil KenzieSynthesizer – Scott Humphrey Written-By, Producer, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Tom Petty
|8||–Sheryl Crow||Run Rudolph Run
Guitar – Mike CampbellGuitar, Vocals – Sheryl CrowKeyboards – Benmont TenchWritten-By – Johnny Marks, Marvin Brodie
|9||–Elvis Presley||Blue Christmas
Backing Vocals – Millie Kirkham, The JordanairesDouble Bass – Bill Black Drums – D.J. FontanaElectric Guitar – Scotty MooreOrgan – Hoyt HawkinsPiano – Dudley Brooks, Gordon StokerVocals – Elvis PresleyWritten-By – Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
|10||–Carrie Underwood||Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Acoustic Guitar – Ilya ToshinskyBacking Vocals – Hillary LindseyBass – Jimmie Lee SloasDrums – Shannon ForrestEdited By [Digital Editing] – Nathan DickinsonElectric Guitar – Kenny GreenbergKeyboards – Charlie Judge*, Gordon J. Mote*Mastered By – Hank Williams Percussion – Eric DarkenProducer – Mark BrightProducer [Production Assistance] – Mike GriffithRecorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Chris AshburnRecorded By, Mixed By – Derek BasonWritten-By – Traditional
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – George Michael
|12||–Nicole Scherzinger||O Holy Night
Co-producer, Synth, Programmed By, Sound Designer – Jochem van der SaagOrchestrated By – William RossProducer [Vocals] – Ali Tennant*Producer, Arranged By, Piano – David FosterRecorded By – Sam WheatRecorded By [Assistant] – Paul NorrisWritten-By – Traditional
|B0019231-02||Various||A Very Special Christmas (CD, Album, Comp)||A&M Records||B0019231-02||US||2013|
|0602537610860||Various||A Very Special Christmas (CD, Album, Comp)||A&M Records, Special Olympics International, Inc., UMe, Icon||0602537610860||Europe||2013|