December (George Winston album)

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December
December (George Winston's album).jpg
Studio album by George Winston
Released 1982
Recorded September/October 1982
Genre folk, Christmas music
Length 38:54
Label Dancing Cat, Windham Hill
Producer William Ackerman
George Winston chronology
Winter into Spring
(1982)
December
(1982)
The Velveteen Rabbit
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 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]

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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

December – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thanksgiving" George Winston 4:04
2. "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" John Jacob Niles 2:40
3. "Joy" David Qualey, from J. S. Bach 3:13
4. "Prelude" George Winston 1:16
5. "Carol of the Bells" George Winston, from M. D. Leontovych 3:56
6. "Night, Part One: Snow" George Winston 1:51
7. "Night, Part Two: Midnight" George Winston 1:56
8. "Night, Part Three: Minstrels" Malcolm Dalglish 2:00
9. "Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel" Johann Pachelbel 5:21
10. "The Holly and the Ivy" George Winston, from traditional 4:52
11. "Some Children See Him" George Winston or Alfred S. Burt 3:43
12. "Peace" George Winston 4:02
Total length: 38:54
Cover art for the 2013 reissue
20th Anniversary Edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "A Christmas Song" John Barry 2:25
14. "Sleep Baby Mine" Albert S. Burt 4:06
Total length: 45:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984–87) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 49
US Billboard 200[6] 54
US New Age Albums (Billboard)[7] 4
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[8] 2
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[9] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. December at AllMusic
  2. ^ Moser, John J. (April 9, 2015). "Pianist George Winston, playing in Bethlehem, finds inspiration in illness, recovery". The Morning Call. 
  3. ^ Will's Biography, Will Ackerman homepage
  4. ^ "December". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – George Winston – December". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "George Winston – Chart history" Billboard 200 for George Winston.
  7. ^ "George Winston – Chart history" Billboard New Age Albums Chart for George Winston.
  8. ^ "George Winston – Chart history" Billboard Top Holiday Albums for George Winston.
  9. ^ "December - Jazz Albums". 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – George Winston – December". Music Canada. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – George Winston – December". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH