This Is The Time: The Christmas Album

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This Is The Time: The Christmas Album
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released October 1, 1996
Genre Pop
Length 43:34
Label Columbia
Producer David Foster
Michael Bolton chronology
Greatest Hits
This Is the Time: The Christmas Album
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This Is the Time: The Christmas Album is an album by Michael Bolton, released on October 1, 1996. Bolton's first Christmas release, it contains two new songs: "This Is the Time", and "Love Is the Power" (performed with Wynonna Judd), while the others were covers of traditional Christmas songs. "Ave Maria" was performed with Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. "White Christmas" was a single off the album Timeless: The Classics, but was also included on this album. The CD was an "enhanced" CD containing additional material viewable on a computer, including a video of "White Christmas", a discography, and a preview of a Bolton CD-ROM which was never released.

The album was released during Christmas time, narrowly missing the top 10 hitting #11. Total sales of the album have reached one million copies in the US (Platinum status). The album also proved to be a worldwide hit, selling almost 2.5 million units.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 1/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly D link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1.5/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Silent Night" (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr) – 4:06
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 4:06
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 4:02
  4. "Joy to the World" (Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts) – 4:07
  5. "Ave Maria" (with Plácido Domingo) (Traditional) – 4:42
  6. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) – 4:10
  7. "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight) – 4:54
  8. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:44
  9. "This Is the Time" (with Wynonna Judd) (Michael Bolton, Burt) – 4:06
  10. "Love Is the Power" (Walter Afanasieff, Bolton, Diane Warren) – 5:38


  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.