A Very Special Season

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A Very Special Season
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 14, 1994
Recorded1994
GenreHoliday, pop, R&B
LabelEMI
ProducerNick Martinelli
Diana Ross chronology
Diana Extended: The Remixes
(1994)
A Very Special Season
(1994)
Take Me Higher
(1995)

A Very Special Season (also known as A Very Special Season: 14 Songs for Christmas) is a holiday album released by American entertainer Diana Ross on November 14, 1994 by EMI.

Produced by Nick Martinelli, whom she worked with several times around the early nineties. It is lush, soulful pop that stands as one of her better holiday themed albums.

The set was only released for the international market and consists mostly of traditional Christmas standards as well as takes on more contemporary songs by Burt Bacharach, John Lennon, and Stevie Wonder. It was certified Gold in the U.K. and continued to sell well across European territories for several subsequent holiday seasons.[1]

The album was remastered and repackaged as Wonderful Christmas Time in 2018. Ross promoted it with performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at the Rockefeller Center Tree-lighting concert special in November 2018. The re-titled re-issue of the album, featuring new cover art and the six-tracks Ross recorded for the 1994 Hallmark CD, "Making Spirits Bright," peaked at #15 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums chart.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 3:22
  2. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:20
  3. "Wonderful Christmas Time" (McCartney) – 3:09
  4. "What the World Needs Now" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:20
  5. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon, Yoko Ono) – 3:15
  6. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:14
  7. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton) – 5:21
  8. "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" (Civilla D. Martin) – 5:21
  9. "Silent Night (Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr) – 5:01
  10. "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder) – 4:05
  11. "O Holy Night" – (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight) – 4:44
  12. "Someday at Christmas" (Miller, Wells) – 4:09
  13. "Ave Maria" (Schubert) – 5:52
  14. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 3:13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Gold

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  2. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – A Very Special Season". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A Very Special Season in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.