2006 James Taylor – At Christmas

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 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, 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.

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

Tracks

1  Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) 3:34
2  Go Tell It on the Mountain (Traditional) 3:42
3  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) 2:57
4  Jingle Bells (Traditional) 3:52
5  Baby, It’s Cold Outside (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) (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

Media

Musicians

1 Winter Wonderland

BassDave Carpenter
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
PianoDave Grusin
TrumpetChris Botti
VocalsJames Taylor


2 Go Tell It on the Mountain

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarGeorge Doering
GuitarJames Taylor
GuitarMike Landau
MelodicaLarry Goldings
PianoDave Grusin
PercussionLuis Conte
VocalsJames Taylor


3 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

BassDave Carpenter
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
PianoDave Grusin
VocalsJames Taylor


4 Jingle Bells

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarGeorge Doering
GuitarJames Taylor
GuitarMike Landau
OrganLarry Goldings
PianoDave Grusin
PercussionLuis Conte
VocalsJames Taylor


5 Baby, It’s Cold Outside

BassDave Carpenter
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJames Taylor
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
PianoDave Grusin
PercussionLuis Conte
VocalsNatalie Cole
VocalsJames Taylor


6 River

BassDave Carpenter
GuitarJames Taylor
PianoLarry Goldings


7 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
PianoLarry Goldings
SynthesizerClifford Carter
VocalsJames Taylor


8 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

BassDave Carpenter
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
CelesteDave Grusin
PianoLarry Goldings
HarmonicaToots Thielemans
VocalsJames Taylor


9 Some Children See Him

PianoDave Grusin
VocalsJames Taylor


10 Who Comes This Night

BassDave Carpenter
GuitarGeorge Doering
CelesteDave Grusin
PianoDave Grusin
PercussionLuis Conte
VocalsJames Taylor


11 In the Bleak Midwinter

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarGeorge Doering
GuitarMike Landau
MelodicaLarry Goldings
PianoDave Grusin
HarmonicaLarry Goldings
VocalsJames Taylor


12 Auld Lang Syne

BassDave Carpenter
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJames Taylor
GuitarJohn Pizzarelli
GuitarMike Landau
HarmoniumLarry Goldings
PianoDave Grusin
HarmonicaLarry Goldings
VocalsJames Taylor

Liner Notes

Producer – Charlie Paakkari (Track 6)
Producer – Dave Grusin (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Producer – James Taylor (2) (Track 6)
Producer – Russ Titelman (Track 7)
Arranged By – Dave Grusin
Engineer (Assistant) – Charlie Paakkari
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Sangwook Nam
Mixed By – Don Murray
Recorded By – Don Murray

Art Direction – Christopher Austopchuk, David Bett
Photography By – Timothy White

Copyright (c) – Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Distributed By – Columbia Records