Cool Yule

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Cool Yule
Studio album by Bette Midler
Released October 10, 2006
Genre Christmas music
Label Columbia
Producer Robbie Buchanan, Jay Landers (exec.)
Bette Midler chronology
Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook
(2005)
Cool Yule
(2006)
Jackpot: The Best Bette
(2008)
Singles from Cool Yule
  1. "From a Distance"
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 starslink

Cool Yule is a holiday album by Bette Midler released on October 10, 2006, through Columbia Records. The album features many Christmas tunes as well as a reworking of her Grammy-winning hit "From a Distance".

On December 6, 2007, the album was given a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Merry Christmas" (Fred Spielman, Janice Torre) – 3:13
  2. "Cool Yule" (Steve Allen, Eric Kornfeld) – 2:28
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 3:55
  4. "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (duet with Johnny Mathis) (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith/Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:46
  5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon, Walter Kent) – 3:21
  6. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Frank Loesser) – 3:58
  7. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (Irving Berlin) – 3:25
  8. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow/Johnny Marks) – 2:47 [bonus track on CDs released at Target]
  9. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Veni Emmanuel)" (Traditional) – 3:12
  10. "Mele Kalikimaka" (Robert Alexander Anderson) – 2:34
  11. "From a Distance" (Christmas version) (Julie Gold/Special holiday lyrics by Jay Landers) – 5:11
  12. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Christopher Autopchuk – art direction
  • Rick Babtist – trumpet
  • William Baker – copyist
  • Russell Bartmus – copyist
  • Leanne Becknell – woodwind
  • Steve Becknell – French horn
  • Tom Bender – mixing assistant
  • Gordon Berg – copyist
  • Wayne Bergeron – trumpet
  • Charles Bisharat – violin
  • David Blumberg – conductor, orchestral arrangements, copyist
  • Chandler Bridges – engineer
  • Robbie Buchanan – piano, arranger, conductor, keyboards, producer, orchestration, orchestral arrangements, track arrangement
  • Caroline Campbell – violin
  • Darius Campo – violin
  • Dave Carpenter – upright bass
  • Lily Chen – violin
  • Paul Cohen – cello
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
  • Dennis Collins – background vocals
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Rose Corrigan – woodwind
  • Datz Pyle, Debbi – contractor
  • Brian Dembow – viola
  • Joel Derouin – violin
  • Andrew Duckles – viola
  • Bruce Dukov – concert master
  • Katharine Edmonds – copyist
  • Bill Edwards – copyist
  • Johnson Enos – background vocals, vocal arrangement
  • Tabitha Fair – background vocals
  • Alma Fernandez – viola
  • Gary Foster – woodwind
  • Matt Funes – viola
  • Steve Genewick – digital editing
  • Mark Graham – copyist
  • Alan Grunfeld – violin
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing
  • Al Hershberger – violin
  • Dan Higgins – woodwind
  • Sean Holt – background vocals
  • Stephen Holtman – trombone
  • Greg Huckins – woodwind
  • Alexander Iles – trombone
  • Bob Jackson – mastering assistant
  • Sharon Jerry-Collins – background vocals
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • JoAnn Kane – copyist
  • Ana Landauer – violin
  • Jay Landers – liner notes, executive producer
  • Natalie Leggett – violin
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Bill Liston – woodwind
  • Dane Little – cello
  • Doug Livingston – steel guitar
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Warren Luening – trumpet
  • Larry Lunetta – trumpet
  • Barry Manilow – producer
  • Arif Mardin – orchestral arrangements
  • Andy Martin – trombone
  • Liane Mautner – violin
  • Joe Meyer – French horn
  • Jaclyn Morse – production coordination
  • Helen Nightengale – violin
  • Robin Olson – violin
  • Michael O'Neill – photography
  • Charles Paakkari – assistant engineer
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Alyssa Park – violin
  • Searmi Park – violin
  • Sara Parkins – violin
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Danny Perito – copyist
  • Victor Pesavento – copyist
  • Joel Peskin – woodwind
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone
  • John A. Reynolds – French horn
  • Eric Rigler – Uilleann pipes, Irish whistle
  • Dennis Rivadeneira – mixing assistant
  • William Ross – arranger, conductor, orchestration, orchestral arrangements, track arrangement
  • Aaron J. Sala – background vocals, vocal arrangement
  • Chris Soper – assistant engineer
  • Ken Stacey – background vocals
  • Tereza Stanislav – violin
  • Beverley Staunton – background vocals
  • Bette Sussman – background vocals, associate producer, vocal arrangement, track arrangement
  • Phil Teele – trombone
  • Fonzi Thornton – background vocals
  • Cecilia Tsan – cello
  • Jonathan Tunick – arranger, conductor, orchestration
  • Karen Van Sant – viola
  • Josephina Vergara – violin
  • Shalini Vijayan – violin
  • Windy Wagner – background vocals
  • Randy Waldman – Piano, keyboards
  • Helen Barbara Werling – copyist
  • Patrick Williams – arranger, conductor, orchestration, vocal arrangement, orchestral arrangements, track arrangement
  • Frank Wolf – track engineer
  • Terry Woodson – librarian, copyist
  • Phil Yao – French horn
  • Gina Zimmitti – contractor

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Billboard Top Holiday Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 13
U.S. Billboard 200 33