This Christmas, Aretha

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This Christmas, Aretha
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2008
RecordedJune–August 2008
GenreR&B, Christmas, holiday
Length51:00
LabelDMI
ProducerAretha Franklin, Tena Clark
Aretha Franklin chronology
Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
(2007)
This Christmas, Aretha
(2008)
Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Toronto Star3/4 stars[1]
MSN Music3.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

This Christmas is the first Christmas album and thirty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was originally released on October 14, 2008, as a Borders Bookstore exclusive. The album was reissued in 2009 on DMI Records.

Having failed to launch her own Detroit-based label, Aretha’s Records, she chose to release this album on DMI Records. The album peaked at #102 on the Billboard album chart. As of January 2013, it had reportedly sold 142,864 copies in the United States.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Information based on the album’s Liner Notes[4]

  1. "Angels We Have Heard on High" (James Chadwick) – 5:26
  2. "This Christmas (with Edward Franklin)" (Donny Hathaway & Nadine McKinnor) – 5:23
  3. "My Grown-Up Christmas List" (David Foster & Linda Thompson-Jenner) – 5:15
  4. "The Lord Will Make A Way" (Traditional, Arranged by Aretha Franklin) – 5:43
  5. "Silent Night" (Franz Gruber & Josef Mohr) – 5:06
  6. "Ave Maria" (Charles Gounod & Johann Sebastian Bach) – 4:57
  7. "Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love)" (Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff) – 3:53
  8. "14 Angels" (Engelbert Humperdinck, Arranged by Aretha Franklin) – 2:08
  9. "One Night With The King" (Jeannie Tenney) – 6:09
  10. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (Charles Wesley & Felix Mendelssohn) – 5:24
  11. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (Clement C. Moore; Adaptation by Aretha Franklin) – 1:52

Personnel[edit]

Information based on the album’s Liner Notes[4]

Vocalists
  • Aretha Franklin - vocals (2-3, 8-9, 11, lead on 1, 4-7, 10)
  • Tawatha Agee - background vocals (4)
  • Bridgette Bryant - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Alvin Chea - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Lynne Fiddmont - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • The Fire Choir - background vocals (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Lisa Fischer - background vocals (7)
  • Edward Franklin - vocals (2)
  • Wendy Fraser - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Dorian Holley - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Clydene Jackson - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Shelly Ponder - background vocals (4)
  • Susie Stevens-Logan - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Vanesse Thomas - background vocals (7)
  • Fonzi Thornton - background vocals (4, 7)
  • Carmen Twillie - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Oren Waters - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Gerald White - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Brenda White-King - background vocals (4, 7)
  • Terry Wood - Fire choir member (1, 5-6, 10)
Instrumentalists
  • Aretha Franklin - acoustic piano (5, 8)
  • Luis Conte - percussion (2-3, 7)
  • Charles "Volley" Craig - bass played by (4, 8-9)
  • Matt Dahlgren - guitar (4, 9)
  • Nathan East - bass played by (1-3, 6-7, 10)
  • Brandon Fields - saxophone (7)
  • Richard Gibbs - piano (4, 9)
  • Timothy Heinz - keyboards (1, 6, 10)
  • Darryl Houston - organ played by (4, 9)
  • Paul Jackson Jr. - guitar (1-2, 6-7, 10)
  • Ricky Lawson - drums (1-3, 6-7, 10)
  • Arthur Marbury - drums (4, 8-9)
  • Teddy Richards-White - guitar (4)
  • Michito Sanchez - percussion (7)
  • Onita Sanders - harp (8)
  • James "Big Jim" Wright - keyboards (2-3, 7)
Production
  • Aretha Franklin - producer (4, 8-9)
  • H. B. Barnum - conductor (4, 8-9)
  • Tena Clark - producer (1-3, 5-7, 10-11)
  • Les Cooper - recording engineer (1-3, 5-7, 10-11)
  • Todd Fairall - recording engineer (4, 8-9)
  • Steve Genewick - Pro-tools editing
  • Don Goodrick - assistant recording engineer
  • George Gumbs - assistant recording engineer
  • Timothy Heinz - rhythm arrangements (1, 6, 10)
  • Bill Meyers - orchestral arrangement, orchestra conductor
  • Michael J. Powell - recording engineer (4, 8-9)
  • Tony Rizzo - assistant recording engineer
  • Al Schmitt - audio mixing, strings recording engineer
  • Carmen Twillie - choir arrangements, choir conductor (1, 5-6, 10)
  • Ed Woolley - assistant recording engineer
  • James "Big Jim" Wright - rhythm arrangements (2-3, 7)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toronto Star review
  2. ^ MSN Music review
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. This Christmas, Aretha at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Franklin, Aretha. "This Christmas, Aretha" (Album Notes). DMI Records. 2008.