A Very Special Christmas (album)

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A Very Special Christmas
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released October 12, 1987[1]
Genre Christmas music
Length

50:57 [original version]

51:11 [revised version]
Label A&M
Producer Jimmy Iovine
Various Artists chronology
A Very Special Christmas
(1987)
A Very Special Christmas 2
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

A Very Special Christmas is the first in a series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit Special Olympics. The album was released in 1987, and production was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. A Very Special Christmas has also raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics.[2] The cover artwork was designed by Keith Haring.

On January 16, 1998, the album was certified Quadruple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of four million copies in the United States.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Time
1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie The Pointer Sisters 3:22
2. Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith Eurythmics 3:36
3. Do You Hear What I Hear? Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker Whitney Houston 3:33
4. Merry Christmas Baby Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 4:53
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Pretenders 4:42
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Tommie Connor John Cougar Mellencamp 2:39
7. Gabriel's Message Charles Bordes and Sabine Baring-Gould Sting 2:14
8. Christmas in Hollis Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell Run-D.M.C. 3:00
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector U2 2:21
10. Santa Baby Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer Madonna 2:35
11. The Little Drummer Boy Katherine Kennicott Davis, Harry Simeone and Henry Onorati Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 3:32
12. Run Rudolph Run Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie Bryan Adams 2:43
13. Back Door Santa Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel Bon Jovi 3:54
14. The Coventry Carol Traditional Alison Moyet 3:25
15. Silent Night Josef Mohr and Franz X. Gruber Stevie Nicks 4:37
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.averyspecialchristmas.org/albums/a-very-special-christmas-vol-1
  2. ^ McGee, Matt (2008). U2:A Diary. Omnibus Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-84772-108-2. 
  3. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: The Top 40 Christmas Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 

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