Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002)

Carly Simon - Christmas Is Almost Here (2002)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Original 2002 release

1. "Christmas Is Almost Here"   4:00

2. "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful"   3:39

3. "The Land of Christmas (Mary)"   3:18

4. "Silent Night"   3:09

5. "Twelve Gates to the City"   3:09

6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   2:23

7. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"   3:04

8. "Heaven"   3:10

9. "Pretty Paper (duet with Willie Nelson)"   3:29

10. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   3:07

11. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"   4:12


Total length:   36:40


Expanded 2003 re-release

1. "Christmas Is Almost Here"   4:00

2. "White Christmas"   2:45

3. "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful"   3:39

4. "The Land of Christmas (Mary)"   3:18

5. "Silent Night"   3:09

6. "Twelve Gates to the City"   3:09

7. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   2:23

8. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"   3:04

9. "Heaven"   3:10

10. "Pretty Paper (duet with Willie Nelson)"   3:29

11. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   3:07

12. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"   4:12

13. "Forgive"   1:23


Total length:   40:48


Borders 2010 limited edition

14. "The Night Before Christmas (from the soundtrack album This Is My Life)"   3:41


Total length:   43:29



 

Carly Simon Band Members / Musicians

Carly Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar (3, 4, 5, 8, 11), arrangements (7)

Deron Johnson – synthesizers (1)

Billy Preston – organ (5), lead vocals (5)

Benmont Tench – organ (7), acoustic piano (11)

Rob Mathes – acoustic piano (8)

Adam MacDougal – acoustic piano (9)

Mickey Raphael – harmonium (9)

Dean Parks – acoustic guitar (1, 2, 6, 9)

Mark Goldenberg – electric guitar (1, 5, 7), 12-string acoustic guitar (11)

Joel Shearer – dobro (2), guitar (4, 11), acoustic guitar (7)

Judd Fuller – acoustic guitar (9), mandolin (9)

Willie Nelson – guitar (9), lead vocals (9)

Chris Chaney – bass (1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11)

Jim Keltner – drums (1, 3, 7, 9, 11)

Andreas Vollenweider – harp

Arnold McCuller – harmony vocals (4, 7, 11)

Ben Taylor – harmony vocals (4, 11), lead vocals (7)


Carly Simon – producer

Don Was – producer, engineer (1-4, 6-11), mixing (1, 3, 4, 7-11)

Ed Cherney – mixing (2, 5, 6), recording (5)

Jimmy Parr – mixing (4, 7, 9, 11), recording (7, 9)

J.D. Andrew – assistant engineer

Nick Brophy – digital editing

Bob Ludwig – mastering at Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME).

Robin Hurley – A&R

David McLees – A&R

Blue Cullen – production coordinator

Cindi Peters – production coordinator

Denise Searle – production coordinator

Jimmy Edwards – product manager

Sheryl Farber – project assistant

Gary Peterson – project assistant

Tim Scanlin – project assistant

Julie Vlasak – art direction, design

Peter Simon – cover photography

Max S. Gerber – other photography



Christmas Is Almost Here is the 19th studio album, and 1st Christmas album, by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released by Rhino Entertainment, on October 22, 2002.

The album peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart. Simon embarked on promotional tour that included a handful of television appearances, such as Good Morning America, The Caroline Rhea Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Howard Stern, and The Today Show. Simon's son, Ben Taylor, accompanied her on many of these promotional appearances. Willie Nelson duets with Simon on "Pretty Paper".

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