Personnel: Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman (vocals, guitar); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams , Sheryl Crow (vocals); Bobby Bandiera (guitar); Tim Cappello (saxophone); Michael Spengler (trumpet); Michael Mancini, Leon Pendarvis (keyboards); Sue Williams (acoustic bass); Shawn Pelton (drums, percussion); Andy Stoller (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dave Reed; Obie O'Brien; Thom Panunzio.
Liner Note Author: Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
A Very Special Christmas Live: From Washington, D.C. continues the Very Special Christmas series, which benefits the Special Olympics. This volume was recorded live in Washington, D.C. and features performances by Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Run-D.M.C., Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Vanessa Williams, and Tracy Chapman. Blige and Crow duet on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," while Bon Jovi performs two lovelorn holiday songs -- "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home." Clapton teams up with Chapman on a version of her hit "Give Me One Reason," and with Crow on "Merry Christmas Baby." Run-D.M.C. performs "Christmas in Hollis," and Vanessa Williams turns in a rendition of "What Child Is This." All the performers appear on the album's final song, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," representing this benefit album's spirit of goodwill and teamwork. ~ Heather Phares
Entertainment Weekly (12/10/99, pp.107-8) - "...Santa's got a very mixed bag:...the priviledge of jolly-enough John Popper and Run-D.M.C. entries and a no-hard-feelings Clapton/Crow pairing..." - Rating: B-
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Mary J. Blige/Sheryl Crow
Christmas In Hollis - Run-DMC
Please Come Home For Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi
Christmas Blues - John Popper/Eric Clapton
What Child Is This - Vanessa Williams
Christmas Tears - Eric Clapton
O Holy Night - Tracy Chapman
Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman/Eric Clapton
Merry Christmas Baby - Sheryl Crow/Eric Clapton
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Jon Bon Jovi
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Mary J. Blige/Jon Bon Jovi/Tracy Chapman/Eric Clapton/Sheryl Crow/John Popper/Run-DMC/Vanessa Williams