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James Taylor at Christmas is the second Christmas album by singer-songwriter James Taylor, released by Columbia Records in 2006. It was his last release for Columbia since signing with them back in 1977.

The album is essentially a reissue (with a new title and slightly altered track listing) of James Taylor: A Christmas Album, a limited edition title distributed by Hallmark Cards in 2004. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", originally issued on Taylor's October Road in 2002, and "River" were not included on the original Hallmark release. Additionally, the original album featured a version of "Deck the Halls" which is not on the standard Columbia CD. (The Barnes & Noble chain has, however, issued a version of the new title with "Deck the Halls" included as a bonus track.)

The album was reissued on the UMe label in 2012, with the addition of two tracks. One of them, "Mon Beau Sapin" (a French translation of "O Christmas Tree"), is a new recording and is only available on this album. The other track new to the collection is a version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" by Taylor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, which originally appeared on Ma's 2008 holiday album Songs of Joy & Peace.

Track listing (2006 edition)

  1. "Winter Wonderland" featuring Chris Botti (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 3:34
  2. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (Traditional) – 3:42
  3. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 2:57
  4. "Jingle Bells" (Traditional) – 3:52
  5. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" featuring Natalie Cole (Frank Loesser) – 4:17
  6. "River" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:33
  7. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane) – 3:24
  8. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" featuring Toots Thielemans (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) – 3:52
  9. "Some Children See Him" (Wihla Hutson, Alfred Burt) – 4:37
  10. "Who Comes This Night" (Dave Grusin, Sally Stevens) – 4:11
  11. "In the Bleak Midwinter" (Traditional) – 4:12
  12. "Auld Lang Syne" (Traditional) – 3:38

Track listing (2012 edition)

  1. "Winter Wonderland" featuring Chris Botti (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith)
  2. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (Traditional)
  3. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
  4. "Jingle Bells" (Traditional)
  5. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" featuring Natalie Cole (Frank Loesser)
  6. "River" (Joni Mitchell)
  7. "Here Comes the Sun" featuring Yo-Yo Ma (George Harrison)
  8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
  9. "Some Children See Him" (Wihla Hutson, Alfred Burt)
  10. "Mon Beau Sapin" (Traditional)
  11. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" featuring Toots Thielemans (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)
  12. "Who Comes This Night" (Dave Grusin, Sally Stevens)
  13. "In the Bleak Midwinter" (Traditional)
  14. "Auld Lang Syne" (Traditional)

The album was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Album at the 50th Grammy Awards.Script error

Personnel

References

  1. Monger, James Christopher. "James Taylor at Christmas > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  2. "James Taylor: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 


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