The Sweetest Gift (Trisha Yearwood album)

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The Sweetest Gift
Studio album by Trisha Yearwood
Released September 13, 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Christmas
Length 32:32
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Garth Fundis
Trisha Yearwood chronology
The Song Remembers When
(1993)
The Sweetest Gift
(1994)
Thinkin' About You
(1995)
Alternative cover
2000 re-release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (favorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

The Sweetest Gift is the fourth studio album by country singer Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood sings a mixture of familiar traditional and popular material, along with more recent compositions such as "It Wasn't His Child" and "There's a New Kid in Town". Two of its tracks managed to achieve positions near the lower end of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: "It Wasn't His Child" peaked at #60, and "Reindeer Boogie" at #63. The album rose to the #17 position in the Country Albums chart. A re-release of the album in 2000 has a different album cover, a promotional photograph taken during the Real Live Woman promotional period.

Yearwood covers a series of Christmas standards in a country music format. The album was a given a positive review by Allmusic, receiving 4 out of 5 stars.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" (Bob MacGimsey) - 2:42
  2. "Reindeer Boogie" (Charlie Faircloth, Hank Snow, Cordia Volkmar) - 2:38
  3. "Take a Walk Through Bethlehem" (Ashley Cleveland, John Barlow Jarvis, Wally Wilson) - 3:49
  4. "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 3:00
  5. "It Wasn't His Child" (Skip Ewing) - 3:54
  6. "Away in a Manger" (traditional) - 2:39
  7. "The Sweetest Gift" (James Coats) - 3:02
  8. "There's a New Kid in Town" (Don Cook, Curly Putman, Keith Whitley) - 4:27
  9. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) - 2:26
  10. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) - 3:58

Personnel[edit]

Musical[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Katherine DeVault — art direction, design
  • Garth Fundis — producer, engineer, mixing
  • Carlos Grier — digital editing
  • Jerry Joyner — design
  • Gary Laney — design
  • Senor McGuire — photography
  • Scott Paschall — assistant producer, production assistant
  • Denny Purcell — mastering
  • Randee St. Nicholas — photography
  • Dave Sinko — engineering, mixing
  • Virginia Team — art direction
  • Debra Wingo — hair stylist

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 17
U.S. Billboard 200 105
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 17

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1995 "It Wasn't His Child" 60
1999 "Reindeer Boogie" 63

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 894. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.