December (George Winston album)

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Studio album by George Winston
Released 1982
Recorded September/October 1982
Genre Folk, Christmas music
Length 38:54
Label Windham Hill, Dancing Cat (rerelease)
Producer William Ackerman
George Winston chronology
Winter into Spring
The Velveteen Rabbit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]

December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston. It was recorded during the fall of 1982 and was released at the end of the year. It is a Christmas album, and more generally a tribute to the winter season. The album is a follow up to Autumn.

December is Winston's highest-selling album, having been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA, signifying 3 million copies in shipment.[2] The success of the album, along with several of Winston's other albums from the early 1980s, enabled the record label, Windham Hill, to get international distribution and a much higher profile.[3] The album also spent 136 weeks on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of #54 in January 1984, over a year after its original release.[4] In 1987, five years after its release, it reached #2 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart.[5]

A 20th Anniversary Edition of the album, with two bonus tracks, was released in 2001. The album was again reissued in 2013 by Valley Entertainment with Dancing Cat Records, Winston's own label. This reissue was packaged in a Digipak and features revised cover art.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Thanksgiving"George Winston4:04
2."Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head"John Jacob Niles2:40
3."Joy"David Qualey, from J. S. Bach3:13
4."Prelude"George Winston1:16
5."Carol of the Bells"George Winston, from M. D. Leontovych3:56
6."Night, Part One: Snow"George Winston1:51
7."Night, Part Two: Midnight"George Winston1:56
8."Night, Part Three: Minstrels"Malcolm Dalglish2:00
9."Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel"Johann Pachelbel5:21
10."The Holly and the Ivy"George Winston, from traditional4:52
11."Some Children See Him"Alfred S. Burt3:43
12."Peace"George Winston4:02
Total length:38:54
Cover art for the 2013 reissue
20th Anniversary Edition bonus tracks
13."A Christmas Song"John Barry2:25
14."Sleep Baby Mine"Albert S. Burt4:06
Total length:45:25


Illegal chart entered BillboardNewAge|4
Chart (1984–87) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 49
US Billboard 200[8] 54
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[9] 2
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[10] 5


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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