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
Jim Cregan

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Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Once In Royal David's City

O Tannenbaum

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

December Morning

Jingle Bells

Emmanuel

Accordion Bells

In This Still Forest

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

W.G. Snuffy Walden

Liz Story

Steve Lukather

Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning

Steve Morse

George Winston

 

Loreena McKennitt

Robin Le Mesurier

Tuck Andress

Jim Brickman

Jim Cregan

Janis Ian

Leo Kottke

Will Ackerman

Joan Armatrading

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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

This Album is currently out of print. But can be purchased used on Amazon.com

Music and Artwork © Their Respective Releases by Windham Hill Records, a Division of Legacy Recordings from Sony Music Entertainment. 

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