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LP A Christmas Together

First edition cover art.

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Songs from A Christmas Together
Released 1979
Format LP
Label RCA Records
Cat no. AQL1-3451
Xmastogether-full lp over

Full outside cover art from the original LP release.

Xmastogether-inside gatefold

Interior art from the original LP release.

A Christmas Together is an album of Christmas music by John Denver and the Muppets which includes many songs seen later in the TV special of the same name. According to Denver's note from the 1996 CD version, the album was recorded first and led to the TV special. Recording on the album began in Britain on June 29, 1979,[1] and the TV special was videotaped later in the US; as a result, some of the performers and songs differ.

The original album reached #26 on Billboard's Top LP's and Tapes chart in early 1980, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing

Side One

  1. The Twelve Days of Christmas - Cast
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Rowlf the Dog and John
  3. The Peace Carol - John, Scooter and the Cast
  4. Christmas is Coming - Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Scooter and Robin the Frog
  5. A Baby Just Like You - John
  6. Deck the Halls - Cast
  7. When the River Meets the Sea - Robin and John with the Cast

Side Two

  1. Little Saint Nick - Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
  2. Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913 - John
  3. The Christmas Wish - Kermit the Frog
  4. Medley: Alfie the Christmas Tree / Carol for a Christmas Tree / It's in Every One of Us - Cast
  5. Silent Night, Holy Night - Cast
  6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Cast

Release History

Xmastogether-tradead

Promotional trade advertisement.

JD Note 1996 A Christmas Together

An added note from John Denver

  • 1979 - Released on LP, cassette and 8-track by RCA Records. Some early LP releases are numbered AFL1-3451 on the label and sleeve, with a sticker pasted on the spine with AQL1-3451. The sleeve includes a fold-out photograph of sheet music with art by Michael Frith atop a brown grand piano at which Rowlf was sitting, and a full group photo spanning across the front and back covers.
  • 1990 - Rereleased on CD and cassette by Windstar Records. None of the original album art is reproduced. The cover photo is replaced with a similar photo to that used on the front half of the LP version, mostly likely from the same photoshoot. The back cover and inside fold-out are not included, and so far have not reappeared on any subsequent releases.
  • 1996 - Rereleased on CD and cassette by Laserlight Digital. This version includes an added note from John Denver.
  • 2000 - A cutout bin edition appears, omitting tracks A2, A7, and B1.
  • December 20, 2005 - Windstar Records released all 13 tracks of the album for digital download via the iTunes Store.
  • July 25, 2006 - A new "limited collectors edition" CD was released by Laserlight featuring remastered tracks of all 13 songs.
  • In 2011, Urban Outfitters offered an exclusive reissue of the LP in "Kermit-green vinyl". The original gatefold is included as well as a code to redeem the album as a digital download. [1]

The Muppet Performers

Credits

  • Producer: Milton Okun
  • Concept by: Jim Henson and John Denver
  • Tracks arranged by: Hal Blaine, James Burton, Emory Gordy, Jr., Glen D. Hardin, Jim Horn, Herb Pedersen, Denny Brooks, Danny Wheetman, and John Denver
  • Orchestral arrangements: Lee Holdridge
  • Vocal arrangements & conductor: Ray Charles
  • Art direction and illustrations: Michael K. Frith
  • Photography: Nancy Moran, Donal Holway
  • Special thanks to: Calista Hendrickson, Kathryn Mullen, Martin Baker, Anne Gayler, and Barney Wyckoff (for tea & glee)
  • Recording engineer: Ed Barton
  • Assistant engineers: Ralph Osborn, Tchad Blake, Andrew Clarke, Andy Todd, Randy Pipes
  • A&R coordination: Lynne Morse
  • Additional art coordination: Suzanna Kotnik

Other releases

International releases

Sources

  1. "Jim Henson's Red Book" entry, 6/29/1979 – Begin recording Christmas Album with John Denver.

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