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A Very Special Christmas (1987) - Various Artists

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Bryan Adams, Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band, Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono (Paul Hewson), Don Brewer, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Chris Campbell, Blair Cunningham, Eurythmics, Craig Frost, Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde, Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell), Annie Lennox, Madonna (Louise V Ciccone), Darryl Matthews McDaniels (D.M.C.), Robbie McIntosh, John (Cougar) Mellencamp, Alison Moyet, Stevie Nicks, Alto Reed, Rev Run, Run-DMC, Bob Seger, Joseph (Run) Simmons, Bruce Springsteen, Dave/David A(llan) Stewart, Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner), The Pointer Sisters, The Pretenders, U2

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Santa Claus Is Coming To TownLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 3:22
  Comments: by The Pointer Sisters. (Courtesy Of RCA Records) Recorded at A&M Recording Studios. Recorded between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987.
Winter WonderlandLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 3:35
  Comments: by Eurythmics. (Courtesy Of RCA Records) Recorded at OrcaStudio, Encino, CA Recorded between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Do You Hear What I Hear?
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 3:32
  Comments: by Whitney Houston (Courtesy Of Arista Records) Recorded at A&M Recording Studios and Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, NC. Recorded between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987.
Merry Christmas Baby
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 4:55
  Comments: by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. (Courtesy Of CBS Records) Recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987. Originally mastered at Masterdisk, NY.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 4:28
  Comments: by The Pretenders (Courtesy Of Sire Record Company/WEA Records, Ltd.) Recorded at The Power Station, New York; West Side Studios, London; Air Studios, London and Townhouse Studios, London between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 2:39
  Comments: by John Cougar Mellencamp (Courtesy Of Polygram Records) Recorded at Belmont Mall, Belmont, IN between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Gabriel's Message
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 2:13
  Comments: by Sting (Courtesy Of A&M Records) Recorded in the Blue Room, Utopia Studios, London between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Christmas In Hollis
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 2:59
  Comments: by Run-DMC (Courtesy Of Profile Records Inc.) Recorded at Clung King, House Of Metal, New York between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  Date Performance: 1987-07-29, Running Time: 2:20
  Comments: by U2 (Courtesy Of Island Records). Recorded with Manor Mobile at sound check in Glasgow, Scotland
Santa Baby
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 2:34
  Comments: by Madonna (Courtesy Of Sire Record Company). Recorded at A&M Recording Studios and Capitol Recording Studios between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Little Drummer BoyLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 3:32
  Comments: by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band (Courtesy Of Capitol Records). Billed as "The Little Drummer Boy". Recorded at A&M Recording Studios between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Run Rudolph Run
  Date Performance: 1987-06-03, Running Time: 2:43
  Comments: by Bryan Adams (Courtesy Of A&M Records). Recorded at The Marquee Club, London.
Back Door Santa
  Date Performance: 1987-08-08, Running Time: 4:28
  Comments: by Bon Jovi (Courtesy Of Polygram Records). Recorded live at Nassau Coliseurn, Uniondale, NY, by Record Plant Mobile Studio. Additional recording (dates unknown) at The Hit Factory, NY.
The Coventry Carol
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 3:24
  Comments: by Alison Moyet (Courtesy Of CBS Records, UK). Recorded at Blackwing Studio, London between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
Silent Night
  Date Performance: 1987, Running Time: 4:36
  Comments: Recorded at A&M Recording Studios between June 3, 1987 & July 29, 1987
    Guest Appearances »

Kenny (M.F.) Aronoff, Roy Bittan, Rupert Black, Johnny Blitz, Rosemary Butler, John Cascella, Sharon Celani, Clarence Clemons, Larry Crane, Laura Creamer, Mickey Curry, David/Dave Ervin, Rich(ard) Feldman, David Freeman, Lisa Germano, Donny/Donnie Gerrard/Garrard, (Ms.) Bobbye Hall, Richard/Ri(t)chie Hayward, Dorian Holl(e)y, Jimmy (Ray) Johnson, Steve(n) Jordan, Charlie/Charles (Arthur) Judge (Doctor), Jon Landau, Mike/Michael Landau, Nils Lofgren, Darlene Love (Wright), Steve Lukather, Coby Myers, Robbie Nevil, Pat Peterson, Darryl Phinnessee, Andrea Robinson, Keith Scott, T.M. Stevens, Crystal Taliefero, Dave Taylor, John Townsend, John Van Tongeren, Rick Vito, Waddy (Robert) Wachtel, Mike/Michael Wanchic(k), Jai (Jay) Winding, Edna Wright/Wright Perry

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    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Sabine Baring (Songwriter), Sullivan Baring-Gould (Songwriter), Jeff Barry (Songwriter), Lou Baxter (Songwriter), Felix Bernard (Songwriter), Ralph Blane (Songwriter), Marvin Brodie (Songwriter), Clarence Carter (Songwriter), Tommie/Thomas Connor(s) (Songwriter), J(ohn) Fred(erick) Coots (Songwriter), Robert Croo (Songwriter), Marcus Daniel(, Sr.) (Songwriter), Katherine Davis (Songwriter), Haven Gillespie (Songwriter), Ellie Greenwich (Songwriter), Franz Xaver Gruber (Songwriter), Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) (Songwriter), Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) (Songwriter), Joan Ellen Javits (Songwriter), John(ny) (D.) Marks (Songwriter), Hugh Martin (Songwriter), Darryl Matthews McDaniels (D.M.C.) (Songwriter), Darryl Matthews McDaniels (D.M.C.) (Songwriter), Joseph Mohr (Songwriter), Johnny Moore (Songwriter), Henry Onorati (Songwriter), Noel Regney (Songwriter), Gloria Shayne (Songwriter), Harry Moses Simeone (Songwriter), Joseph (Run) Simmons (Songwriter), Joseph (Run) Simmons (Songwriter), Dick Smith (Songwriter), Phil Spector (Songwriter), Philip Springer (Songwriter), Anthony Fred Springer (Songwriter), Jeff Gold (Art Direction), Frank Olinsky (Art Direction), Frank Olinsky (Design), Frank Olinsky (Design), Jimmy Iovine (Executive Producer), Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Liner Notes), Mark/Marc DeSisto/De Sisto (Additional Engineering), Danny Grigsby (Additional Engineering), Rob Jacobs (Additional Engineering), Mark McKenna (Additional Engineering), Dan Nash (Additional Engineering), Bryan Adams (Produced By), Roy Bittan (Produced By), Jon Bon Jovi (Produced By), Jon Bon Jovi (Produced By), Bob Clearmountain (Produced By), Eurythmics (Produced By), Rich(ard) Feldman (Produced By), Don Gehman (Produced By), Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), Jon Landau (Produced By), John (Cougar) Mellencamp (Produced By), Alison Moyet (Produced By), Peter Oxendale (Produced By), Chuck Plotkin (Produced By), Run-DMC (Produced By), Richie Sambora (Produced By), Richie Sambora (Produced By), Bob Seger (Produced By), Bob Seger (Produced By), (Natural) Pet(er) (Strut) (WH) Smith(y) (Smiffy) (Produced By), Bruce Springsteen (Produced By), Bruce Springsteen (Produced By), Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) (Produced By), Steve Ett (Co-Produced By), Rick Rubin (Co-Produced By), Steve Ett (Recorded By), Rich(ard) Feldman (Recorded By), John Fryer (Recorded By), Bruce Lampcov (Recorded By), David Leonard (Recorded By), Scott Litt (Recorded By), Kooster McAllister (Recorded By), Thom Panunzio (Recorded By), Toby Scott (Recorded By), Don Smith (Recorded By), (Natural) Pet(er) (Strut) (WH) Smith(y) (Smiffy) (Recorded By), Smudger (Recorded By), Roger Talkov (Recorded By), Shelly Yakus (Recorded By), Michael Young (Recorded By), Joe Chic(c)arelli (Mixed By), Bob Clearmountain (Mixed By), Steve Ett (Mixed By), Humberto Gatica (Mixed By), Bruce Lampcov (Mixed By), Alison Moyet (Mixed By), Peter Oxendale (Mixed By), (Natural) Pet(er) (Strut) (WH) Smith(y) (Smiffy) (Mixed By), Shelly Yakus (Mixed By), Stephen/Steve Marcussen (Mastered By), Bon Jovi (Arranged By), Jeremy Lubbock (Arranged By), Alison Moyet (Arranged By), Peter Oxendale (Arranged By), Richard Warren (Arranged By), Bob Clearmountain (Sound Supervision), Thom Panunzio (Sound Supervision), Shelly Yakus (Sound Supervision), Charlie/Charles (Arthur) Judge (Doctor) (String Arrangements), Charlie/Charles (Arthur) Judge (Doctor) (Synthesizer Arrangements), Tom Banghart (Recording Assisted By), Steve Boyer (Recording Assisted By), Mark/Marc DeSisto/De Sisto (Recording Assisted By), Peter Droll (Recording Assisted By), Rob Jacobs (Recording Assisted By), Mark McKenna (Recording Assisted By), Mike/Michael Morongell (Recording Assisted By), Dan Nash (Recording Assisted By), Bob Ludwig (Originally Mastered By), Keith Haring (Album Art), Keith Haring (Innersleeve Art), Keith Haring (Label Art), Gregg McCarty (Music Coordinator), Chuck Beeson (Art Coordination), Richard Frankel (Art Coordination), Paul Marshall (Legal Counsel), Sheldon Platt (Legal Counsel), Cassie Roessel (Legal Counsel), Howard Wattenberg (Legal Counsel), Ken Powell (Business Affairs), David Gales (Marketing Direction), Robert Reitman (Marketing Direction), David Steffen (Sales Direction), Vicki Iovine (Coordinating Producer), Paul Marshall (Coordinating Producer), Bobby/Robert Shriver (Sargent) (Coordinating Producer)

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3911 (LP) 75021-3911-2 (1990, CD) 29727 (1994 Analekta CD) 75021-3911-4 (Cassette)

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    Liner Notes »

With very special thanks to Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss and Gil Friesen.

Mastered at Precision Lacquer.


Clarence Clemons appears courtesy of CBS Records
Darlene Love appears courtesy of CBS Records
Roy Bittan appears courtesy of CBS Records
Robbie Nevil appears courtesy of EMI/Manhattan Records

Dear Friends.

What an extraordinary Christmas gift the music industry has given Special Olympics athletes around the world. My warm thanks to these great artists, publishers, manufacturers and distributors for their generosity.

And to the music buyer, thank you too! You have also given a Christmas present-a gift of caring and support for some of the world’s most courageous citizens.
Special Olympics is the fastest growing amateur sports program in the world, with almost a million and a half athletes in every U.S. state and 72 countries. Since it began in 1968, it has proved that people with mental retardation can develop skills in every type of summer and winter sport. And the world has taken to its heart their shining example of striving - whether it’s an athlete with Down’s syndrome who wins a medal in gymnastics or a young woman who learns so slowly but runs the 100 meter dash in 11 seconds.
Throughout the world there are 300 million people with mental retardation. Many of them still are shut away, denied the chance to know the joy and sense of achievement that come from the mastery of skills most of us take for granted. To bring the “skill, courage, sharing and joy” of Special Olympics to all the millions who still stand on the sidelines, we need everyone’s help. The stars of this album join me in asking you to become a part of this great world movement for love and justice.

Thank you for purchasing this record. And a Merry Christmas.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Special Olympics Intemational

The producers would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Herb Alpert, without whom this record would still be just a dream

A&M Records
A&M Studios
Allied Record Matrtx
American Federation of Musicians
Punch Andrews
Dick Asher
Barbara Benjamin
Bill Blackwell
Chris Blackwell
Angela Bland
Richie Bozzett
California Special Olympics
Barbara Carr
Leor Cohen
Miles Copeland
Melissa Crow
Ellen Darst
Clive Davis
Freddy DeMann
Digital Audio Disc Corporation
Tony Dimitriades
Sheila Dinn
Slim Doss
The Drum Doctor
Robin Dunn
Jonathan Ehrlich
ElectroSound Group
Larry Emerine
Ahmet Ertegun
Sylvie Bouskila Feldman
Tony Ferguson
Paul Fishkin
Don Friedman
Wendy Gold
Elliot Goldman
Stuart Griffen
Allen Grubman
Keith Haring
Gene Harvey
Dave Hill
The Hit Factory; Eddie Germano and Troy Germano
John “Bugsy” Hougdahl
Ivy Hill Corporation
Paul Jamieson
Keryn Kaplan
Bill Kasimoff
Anne-Louise Kelly
Herb Kramer
Bob Krasnow
Alan Kress
Gary Kurfirst
Jon Landau
Bill Lazerus
Cheri Lazerus
Sal Licata
The Manor Mobile
Tommy Mattola
Carrie Minot
Doug Morris
Doc McGhee
Caryl McGowan
Paul McGuinness
Mo Ostin
Paulist Boys Choir, John Wattenbarger
Miguel Pous
The Power Station, Bob Walters and Tony Bongiovi
Kayla Pressman
Pete Quesada
Chuck Reed
Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, NC
Cory Robbins
Elliot Roberts
Harry Sandler
Paul Schindler
Russell Simmons
Kenny Smith
Seymour Stein
Al Teller
Townhouse Studios, London
Susan Van Tongeren
Wakefield Pressing
Lynne Volkman
Janet Weber
Lyn Weiner
Robin Weintraub
West Side Studios, London, Patty Nolder
James D. Wolfensohn
Walter Yetnikoff

Jimmy Iovine’s work on this album was done in memory of his dad, Vincent “Jimmy” Iovine. January 4, 1922-January 12, 1985

We would like to thank all the publishers for contributing their songs without royalty, as well as A&M’s manufacturers and worldwide distributors for their generous support.

For further information please write or call the address or number below, or call the local Special Olympics Program in your area:

Special Olympics Inc.
International Headquarters
1350 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 628-3630

(P) & (C) 1987 Special Olympics Productions, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Printed in the U.S.A.

The Compact Disc’s remarkable performance is the result of a unique combination of digital playback with laser optics. For the best results, you should apply the same care in storing and handling the Compact Disc as with conventional records.

No further cleaning will be necessary if the Compact Disc is always held by the edges and is replaced in its case directly after playing. Should the Compact Disc become soiled by fingerprints, dust or dirt, it can be wiped (always in a straight line, from center to edge) with a clean and lint-free, soft, dry cloth. Do not use conventional record cleaner on the disc.

Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight, heat or humidity for a prolonged period of time.

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Great mix, one of best seasonal releases in decades
Review written by John Fitzgerald, June 28th, 2005

This album has grown stronger over the years as one of the most durable Christmas releases in the last few decades regardless of some faults it may have. Rick Vito plays some meaningful howling slide guitar licks on Bob Seger & The Sliver Bullet Band's faithful strong cover of "The little drummer boy". Stevie's "Silent night" starts out brilliant but does tend to sag towards the end. This isn't helped by Robbie Nevil's unnecessary appearance here trying to Gospel up the track. Had the swells at the end and his part been axed then it would've been perfection though it still is a bright spot overall here. As boring as it may sound, I found the most faithful covers here worked best such as The Pretenders' beautifully handled "Have yourself a merry little Christmas". For instance on my case, the power of "Do you hear what I hear" is undeniable as a song but Whitney Houston's changes to the track really strip the song of the emotion it was about to present to us. An exception here is that The Pointer Sisters' "Santa Claus is coming to town" was obviously inspired by the popular Bruce Springsteen version of the song (not the "traditional" version) and I'm sure it would've been very welcome by the public had his version of the track been included but instead they tried their best to cover it his way and inevitably, it loses the fire that his had (if you pardon the pun). This isn't helped by Springsteen & The E Street Band doing "Merry Christmas baby" instead (in their usual clapping plinky keys & fiery sax concert recording way). Regardless of lost feelings though, there is a good mix of styles here giving everyone a present to enjoy. The Eurythmics' "Winter wonderland" is likable electric bouncy pep, John Cougar Mellencamp's "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus" is a twangy scrub board whacker, Sting's "Gabriels message" is a holy haunting pulser, Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" is an admittedly amusing rap track, U2's "Christmas (Baby please come home)" is an icy bright rocker, Madonna's "Santa baby" is enjoyable in it's pouty Betty Boop style and atmospheric brushes/strings/piano arrangement. Bryan Adams' "Run Rudolph run" is another recorded live track that is a Chuck Berry styled barrelhouse shouter, Bon Jovi's metalic growling "Back door Santa" is also an "in concert" recording and Alison Moyet's "The Coventry carol" measures up well with Christine McVie's version of this song (a few years later), rich vocals and though dated sounding arrangements, they work well. Certainly of the Mac related holiday recordings in print, this is the best one to get.

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"Silent Night" is by Stevie Nicks (Courtesy Of Modern Records).

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    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.