2011 Chicago – Chicago XXXIII – O Christmas Three

Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three is the thirty-third studio album, the second full album of Christmas songs, and thirty-third overall by the American rock band, Chicago. The album was released on October 4, 2011. The collection includes a variety of holiday classics and a new tune, “Rockin’ and Rollin’ on Christmas Day”, co-written by founding trumpet player Lee Loughnane.

The album was produced by veteran producer Phil Ramone, who co-produced the band’s albums Hot Streets (1978) and Chicago 13 (1979). The album features guest artists Dolly Parton on Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”, America on “I Saw Three Ships”, BeBe Winans on “Merry Christmas Darling”, and guitarist Steve Cropper on “Rockin’ and Rollin’ on Christmas Day”.

Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three was preceded by Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album in 1998, which, itself, was reissued in 1999 with one new track and in 2003 under a new title, What’s It Gonna Be, Santa? with six new tracks.


1  Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul McCartney) 03:50
2  Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Johnny Marks) 03:28
3  I Saw Three Ships (Traditional) 03:05
4  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays (JC Chasez; Justin Timberlake; Veit Renn; Vincent Degiorgio) 04:12
5  What Are You Doing New Years Eve? (Frank Loesser) 05:06
6  It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Eddie Pola; George Wyle) 03:32
7  I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Buck Ram; Kim Gannon; Walter Kent) 03:26
8  On The Last Night Of The Year (Michael Whalen; Phil Galdston) 03:38
9  Merry Christmas Darling (Frank Pooler; Richard Carpenter) 03:12
10  Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Christmas Day (John Durrill; Lee Loughnane) 04:09
11  My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers; Oscar Hammerstein II) 03:20
12  O Christmas Tree (Traditional) 03:44
13  Jingle Bells (Traditional) 03:30
14  Here Comes Santa Claus / Joy To The World (Autry Inman; Oakley Haldeman; Traditional) 02:53



BassJason Scheff
DrumsTris Imboden
GuitarKeith Howland
KeyboardsLou Pardini
KeyboardsRobert Lamm
FluteWalter Parazaider
SaxWalter Parazaider
TromboneJames Pankow
TrumpetLee Loughnane
PercussionDrew Hester
VocalsLee Loughnane
VocalsKeith Howland
VocalsLou Pardini
VocalsRobert Lamm
VocalsJason Scheff

Other Musicians

1 Wonderful Christmas Time

VocalsDolly Parton

3 I Saw Three Ships

CuatroHank Linderman
GuitarDewey Bunnell
GuitarGerry Beckley
UkeleleDewey Bunnell
UkeleleGerry Beckley
VocalsDewey Bunnell
VocalsGerry Beckley

9 Merry Christmas Darling

VocalsBebe Winans

10 Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Christmas Day

GuitarSteve Cropper


Choir – Carter Pankow, Connor Scheff, Grace Howland, Hope Howland, Jason Scheff Jr., Jillian DeGrie, Lilli Pankow, Lydia Young

Liner Notes

Producer – Phil Ramone
Arranged By – Jason Scheff (Tracks 1, 5, 12)
Arranged By – Keith Howland (Tracks 2, 12)
Arranged By – Robert Lamm (Tracks 3, 8, 11)
Arranged By – Lou Pardini (Tracks 4, 7, 13)
Arranged By – Lee Loughnane (Tracks 6, 10)
Arranged By – James Pankow (Tracks 7, 14)
Arranged By – Chicago (Track 9)
Arranged By – Tris Imboden (Track 12)
Arranged By (Brass) – James Pankow (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13)
Arranged By (Brass) – Robert Lamm (Tracks 8, 11)
Arranged By (Brass) – Lee Loughnane (Track 10)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley (Track 3)
Mixed By – BJ Ramone
Mixed By (Pre-mix) – Drew Hester, Keith Smith
Recorded By – Adam Deane, Matt Coles

Art Direction – Bobby Woods, Heart Times Coffee Cup Studios

Mixed At Morrisound Studios
Mixed At Shire Studios
Recorded At Sound Kitchen
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