Engineers: John Paterno, Paul Dieter, Eddie DeLena.
Personnel: Vonda Shepard (piano, background vocals); Val McCallum (guitar, acoustic guitar); Bruce Watson (guitar); Katia Popov, Karen Jones , Jacqueline Brand , Margaret Wooten, Josefina Vergara (violin); Victoria Miskolczy, Roland Kato (viola); Stephen Erdody , Cecilia Tsan (cello); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Jeff Young (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Neil Larsen (Wurlitzer organ); Patrick Warren (chamberlin); Andrew Kamman (drums, percussion); Matt Chamberlain (drums); Pete Thomas (sleigh bell); Davey Faragher, Brandon Adams, Dawn Beckman, Vatrina King, Melanie Taylor, Lynn Davis , Sy Smith, Carmen Carter, Terron Brooks (background vocals).
Given that a very Ally Christmas could possibly involve anorexia, this album might seem, at first glance, disturbing. Fortunately, it's actually a very nice piece of work, and totally accessible even if you've never witnessed star Calista Flockhart dancing with a weird animated baby.
Flockhart herself shows up to croon "Santa Baby" in a style both infantile and erotic, a mix emulated by R&B diva Macy Gray on the inevitable "Winter Wonderland." The bulk of the album, however, is a series of soulful takes on holiday standards by Vonda Shephard, the show's one woman Greek chorus. The most surprising track, however, comes courtesy of an out-of-rehab Robert Downey Jr., who turns in a surprisingly credible version of Joni Mitchell's "River."
This Christmas - Vonda Shepard
Man With The Bag, The - Vonda Shepard
Please Come Home For Christmas - Vonda Shepard
Silver Bells - Vonda Shepard
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Winter Wonderland - Macy Gray
Run, Rudolph, Run - Jane Krakowski
Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney - Lisa Nicole Carson
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jane Krakowski
Santa Baby - Calista Flockhart
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Vonda Shepard