You Just Gotta Love Christmas

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You Just Gotta Love Christmas
Studio album by Peter Cetera
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded Spring/Summer 2004
Genre Rock
Length 39:45
Label Viastar Records
Producer Peter Cetera, Tony Harrell
Peter Cetera chronology
Another Perfect World
You Just Gotta Love Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

You Just Gotta Love Christmas (2004) is the eighth solo album by music artist Peter Cetera his seventh since leaving the group Chicago, and his first Christmas album. This album also is a bit of a family affair for Cetera as his youngest daughter Senna did some of the artwork for the album while his oldest daughter Claire performs with him on "Blue Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." Alison Krauss also performs with Cetera on "Deck the Halls".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let It Snow" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:59
  2. "Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) – 3:36
  3. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 3:10
  4. "Blue Christmas" (with Claire Cetera) (Billy Hays, Jay Johnson) – 3:19
  5. "Deck The Halls" (with Alison Krauss) (traditional - Peter Cetera, Tony Harrell) – 3:10
  6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Buck Ram, Walter Kent, Kim Gannon) – 2:40
  7. "You Just Gotta Love Christmas" (Cetera, Harrell) – 3:17
  8. "Jingle Bells" (traditional - Cetera, Harrell) – 3:36
  9. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (traditional - Cetera, Harrell) – 3:01
  10. "Winter Wonderland" (with Claire Cetera) (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 2:57
  11. "Something that Santa Claus Left Behind" (Cetera, Harrell) – 3:56
  12. "Alone for the Holidays" (Cetera, Harrell) – 3:58
  • Peter Cetera: lead & backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Tony Harrell: keyboards & programming
  • Greg Morrow: drums & additional programming
  • Eric Darken: percussion
  • Jack Gavin: congas
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas: bass guitar
  • Craig Nelson: upright bass
  • Mike Brignardello: bass guitar
  • Glenn Worf: bass guitar
  • Jerry McPherson: guitars
  • Tom Bukovac: guitars
  • Bruce Gaitsch: guitars
  • Kenny Greenberg: guitars
  • B. James Lowry: guitars
  • Jelly Roll Johnson: harmonica
  • Ben Strano: trombone, trumpet solos
  • Jim Horn: saxophones, sax solos
  • Steve Herrman: trumpet
  • Chris Dunn: trombone
  • John Mock: pipes, buron, penny whistle
  • Chris Carmichael: strings
  • Claire Cetera: backing vocals on "Blue Christmas" & "Winter Wonderland"
  • Alison Krauss: backing vocals on "Deck The Halls"
  • Produced, Written & Arranged by Peter Cetera & Tony Harrell
  • Recording Engineer: Ben Strano
  • Additional Engineering: Chuck Bracco & Scott Velasco
  • Mixed by Joe Hardy
  • Mastered by Mark Chevalier & Jim Demain
  • Package Art & Design: Vickey Hanson
  • Inside Artwork: Senna Cetera