The Carols of Christmas II (BMG 01934 11219) - 1997
In the first year that BMG wholly owned Windham Hill, they churned out a record 3 Christmas albums in a single season (this would be matched again in 1998 and 1999). Jim Cregan was recruited to take care of the production as Brian Keane had begun working on A Winter's Solstice VI also released in 1997 (Dawn Atkinson at this time was co-running Imaginary Road).
Interestingly enough, there are only a few original Windham Hill Artists here, about 1/3 of the album, and none of the artists featured on Ackerman/Atkinson's On A Winter's Night (also released 1997) are on this album. Notably, many Windham Hill artists were unceremoniously dropped in 1996-1997 years, including Mike Marshall, Scott Cossu and Phil Aaberg, it's unsurprising that many were not returning to record on the label they once called home.
Here is Leo Kottke's Accordion Bells. A big influence on Will Ackerman and other Windham Hill guitarists, Kottke had moved to Private Music in the 1980s and began playing mellow-er music. As a BMG artist Kottke occasionally contributed works to the BMG-era Windham Hill.
The Carols of Christmas II
Album produced by
Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
Once In Royal David's City
Away In A Manger
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Coventry Carol / What Child Is This
In This Still Forest
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
W.G. Snuffy Walden
Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning
Robin Le Mesurier
Track 2 Producer Mark Duke
Track 7 Producer Brian Hughes
Track 11 Producer Brian Keane
Track 14 Producer Corin Nelson
Tracks produced by the respective recording artists, exceptions & additionals noted below when applicable