Dec 162012
 

from MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY

written by David Foster, Rod Stewart & Amy Foster

The fall of 2012 saw the release of Rod Stewart’s first seasonal album ever entitled “Merry Christmas Baby.” Produced & Arranged by The Hitman, David Foster, “Merry Christmas Baby” is the perfect soundtrack for this upcoming holidays. Foster, like he did on previous multi-platinum Christmas releases by Josh Groban, Michael Bublè and Andrea Bocelli, worked his magic on a number of evergreens adding his  smooth and elegant touch to Stewart’s unmistakable voice.

The UK superstar’s vocal performances are really impressive throughout the collection while the overall mood of “Merry Christmas Baby” is jazzy and lush with spectacular orchestrations and superior instrumental performances. There are several irresistible moments like the opener, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” a virtual duet with Ella Fitzgerald, the gorgeous “We Three Kings” with special guest, Mary J. Blige and an acoustic, stripped down version of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” that already skyrocketed to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart. Stewart’s R&B side comes out on a couple of goodies like the title track and the newly written, “Red-Suited Super Man.” The first is an amazing duet with Cee Lo Green packed up with horns, guitar and an infectious beat in the best Motown tradition. The same retro feel is present on “Red-Suited Super Man” co-written by the singer with Foster and lyrics written by Foster’s daughter Amy. This tune also has strong echoes of the best soul music of the sixties. Both tracks feature the great Trombone Shorty while other big names like Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Dean Parks and Peter Erskine appear on various moments of this top notch recording. “Merry Christmas Baby” is already on its way to platinum status in the US but also selling like hot cakes in the UK and worldwide thus becoming the absolute winner of this holiday season.


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Lead Vocal: Rod Stewart
Feat. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on trombone & Trumpet
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Dean Parks
Percussion: Matt O’Connor
Baritone Saxophone: Dan Oestreicher
Tenor Saxophone: Tim McFatter
Saxophone Solo: Jimmy Roberts
Background Vocals: Bridget Cady, KimberlyJohnson & Dieyelle Reed

Strings Arranged by David Foster & Chris Walden
Horns Arrangement by David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Listen!
The tree is ready and the stockings are all hung
The fire is blazing and the carols are all sung
Everybody’s waiting for a miracle, so
Santa bring some joy to us all

It’s the season to leave our troubles behind
How amazing if the world was giving and kind
It might be crazy, It might take a miracle
Santa bring some peace to us all

If anyone can do it, it’s Santa who can
He’s red suited super superman
He knows everybody, ‘got a list with all our names
And he rocks the whole world in that old fashioned sleigh

Come over here baby, let’s watch the snow fall
Check out the North star, didn’t it start it all?
It’s still shinin’,that’s a miracle
So Santa bring some hope to us all

He’s a red suited super superman
And he rocks the whole world in that old fashioned sleigh

I look around me, what else could I need?
All my friends and family, so I gotta believe
Life is a blessing for every boy and girl
So Santa bring some love to us all

I said Santa bring some love to us all
I mean Santa!,I said Santa!
Bring some love to us all

Oooh bring us, bring us
Just a little peace and love on this Earth

Santa, Santa, I believe in Santa
Oh yes I do, oh yes I do