1994 Neil Diamond – The Christmas Album Volume II

The Christmas Album, Volume II is the twenty-second studio album by Neil Diamond, and his second to feature Christmas music. It was produced by Peter Asher and released by Columbia Records in 1994, only two years after Diamond’s previous Christmas album. It features orchestral and choir arrangements by David Campbell, who also worked on the first Christmas album, as well as several of Diamond’s other works. The album reached number 9 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart and was certified as gold by the RIAA on December 6, 1994.

Tracks

1  Joy To The World (Traditional) 02:40
2  Mary’s Little Boy Child (Jester Hairston) 02:59
3  Deck The Halls / We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional) 01:42
4  Winter Wonderland (Dick Smith; Felix Bernard) 02:44
5  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin; Ralph Blane) 04:44
6  I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Buck Ram; Kim Gannon; Walter Kent) 03:42
7  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Johnny Marks) 04:04
8  Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson; Mitchell Parish) 02:42
9  Candlelight Carol (John Rutter) 04:09
10  Away In A Manger (Traditional) 02:33
11  O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional) 04:16
12  O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional) 03:36
13  Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional) 03:17
14  The First Noel (Traditional) 03:34
15  Hallelujah Chorus (Traditional) 03:33

Musicians

1 Joy To The World

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarBob Mann
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoRobbie Buchanan
VocalsNeil Diamond


2 Mary’s Little Boy Child

BassBob Magnusson
GuitarBob Mann
WoodwindsJon Clarke
Steel DrumsVince Charles
PercussionPeter Asher
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsLaura Satterfield
Background VocalsValerie Carter
VocalsNeil Diamond


3 Deck The Halls / We Wish You A Merry Christmas

VocalsNeil Diamond


4 Winter Wonderland

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarBob Mann
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganBill Payne
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsRaven Kane
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
VocalsNeil Diamond


5 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

BassBob Magnusson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarBob Mann
PianoTom Hensley
MarimbaAlan Estes
VocalsNeil Diamond


6 I’ll Be Home For Christmas

BassBob Magnusson
DrumsCarlos Vega
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
PianoTom Hensley
VibraphoneAlan Estes
VocalsNeil Diamond


7 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarBob Mann
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganBill Payne
PercussionCarlos Vega
PercussionPeter Asher
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
Background VocalsAndrea Robinson
Background VocalsKate Markowitz
Background VocalsRaven Kane
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsWendy Fraser
VocalsNeil Diamond


8 Sleigh Ride

BassBob Magnusson
GuitarBob Mann
VibraphoneMB Gordy
PercussionPeter Asher
VocalsNeil Diamond


9 Candlelight Carol

PianoAlan Lindgren
VocalsNeil Diamond


10 Away In A Manger

BassBob Magnusson
Acoustic GuitarBob Mann
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
MandolinKenny Blackwell
AccordionBrian Mann
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen
VocalsNeil Diamond


11 O Come All Ye Faithful

GuitarBob Mann
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionPeter Asher
VocalsNeil Diamond


12 O Little Town Of Bethlehem

PianoRobbie Buchanan
VocalsNeil Diamond


13 Angels We Have Heard On High

KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionMB Gordy
PercussionRobbie Buchanan
VocalsNeil Diamond


14 The First Noel

HarmoniumRobbie Buchanan
LuteCarl Smith
FluteJon Clarke
PercussionMB Gordy
VocalsNeil Diamond


15 Hallelujah Chorus

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
TimpaniMB Gordy
VocalsNeil Diamond

Other Musicians

Choir – The Ambrosian Singers (Tracks 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Choir (Boys) – Angel Voices (Tracks 9, 11, 13, 14)
Vocals – Barbershop Quartet, 139th Street Quartet (Track 3)

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Asher
Arranged By – David Campbell (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Arranged By – Walter Whitman (Track 1)
Arranged By – Alan Lindgren (Tracks 5, 6, 9)
Arranged By – Tom Hensley (Tracks 5, 6)
Chorus Master – John McCarthy (Tracks 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Conductor (Ambrosian Singers) – David Campbell (Tracks 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Conductor (Angel Voices) – Robert Prizeman (Tracks 9, 11, 13, 14)
Conductor (Brass) – David Campbell (Track 1)
Conductor (Choir) – Walter Whitman (Track 1)
Conductor (Horns) – David Campbell (Tracks 4, 7)
Conductor (Horns) – Alan Lindgren, Tom Hensley (Track 5)
Conductor (Orchestra) – David Campbell (Tracks 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Engineer (Additional) – Bernie Becker, Julie Last
Engineer (Assistant) – John Radzin, Kirsten Cowie, Marnie Riley, Sean O’Dwyer
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Frank Wolf
Recorded By – Frank Wolf

Art Direction – David Kirschner
Design – Dylan Tran, Gabrielle Raumberger
Photography – Mauro Cararro, David Skernick

Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Recorded At – Conway Studios
Recorded At – Arch Angel Studios
Recorded At – Angel Studios
Phonographic Copyright Sony Music Entertainment Inc
Copyright Neil Diamond