The Sweetest Gift (Trisha Yearwood album)

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The Sweetest Gift
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Studio album by Trisha Yearwood
Released September 13, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Christmas
Length 32:32
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Garth Fundis
Trisha Yearwood chronology
The Song Remembers When
(1993)The Song Remembers When1993
The Sweetest Gift
(1994)
Thinkin' About You
(1995)Thinkin' About You1995
Alternative cover
2000 re-release
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 (and first Christmas 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]

Musicians[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

Charts[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.