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My Gift To You

Alexander O'NealAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Sleigh Ride 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Remember Why (It's Christmas) 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Little Drummer Boy 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. This Christmas 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Winter Wonderland 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Thank You For A Good Year 6:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 20, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tabu Records
  • ASIN: B0068CEGRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of this holiday album. An instant favorite upon its release in 1988, it's now one of the most sought after Christmas albums, since it's been out of print for years. The album includes five songs penned by Jam & Lewis, plus four standards and Danny Hathaway's classic 'This Christmas'.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas classic reissued at last! November 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After three or four years out of print, My Gift To You is finally available again - and with the original cover art restored - thanks to the folks at reissue label The Right Stuff. And it's about time, too.
Some fourteen years after its original release, My Gift To You still ranks as the best Christmas album I've ever heard. It's a fine mix of contemporary and traditional songs and arrangements, all tied together by the best vocalist that Jam & Lewis have ever worked with, Alexander O'Neal.
The Jam & Lewis-composed originals are concentrated mostly during the album's first half, with modern-day classic "My gift to you" as the opening track. The funky "Sleigh ride" (not the classic tune, but a new song) comes next, followed by the romantic "Our first Christmas" and Christmas tale "Remember why (it's Christmas)".
The album's second half consists mostly of Christmas standards. The first of these is "The little drummer boy", in a funky arrangement produced by Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy, who are probably best known for their subsequent work with En Vogue. Mel Torme's "The Christmas song" is next - this one in a more traditional arrangement (think Nat King Cole). O'Neal's version of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" is still my favorite; every other singer's take on it seems either thin or overwrought in comparison. "Winter wonderland" (probably my favorite track on the album) is performed with full orchestra - and it swings! Another Jam & Lewis original, "Thank you for a good year", and a reprise of "Remember why" close out the album.
One of the really nice things about this reissue is the restoration of the original cover art.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift That Keeps on Giving ! December 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of my all-time favorite Christmas albums that I own on both vinyl and cd format. My Gift To You by Alex O'Neal has been a timeless Christmas album treasure in my household since it first appeared in 1987...Not only does the contemporary sound capture the essence of the holidays but it also has to be the album to really bring O'Neal's gifted and talented voice into many households. From the Jam & Lewis sounding productions to the big band jazz numbers to the funkiness of Sleigh Ride and the Little Drummer Boy this has to be the Christmas album that has something for everyone...O'Neal's voice is or was at it's peak and strongest form (not that he's ever lost it )...but this was the pinnacle of the powerfully and musically charged collaboration and production with the Flyte Tyme team !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingle Bell FONK!! December 12, 2003
By Flipkid
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OMG!!! I have been waiting for YEARS for this sucker to be re-issued on CD! This is, without question, hands-down, one of the best "contemporary" Christmas albums ever recorded. If the greasy funk of "Sleigh Ride" and "Little Drummer Boy" don't make you move, it's too late... you're already dead. Paired with the beautiful soul of "My Gift to You","Our First Christmas" and the other gems on this album, this is definately an "all killer, no filler" Christmas CD. (Please forgive my use of "non-Christmas-traditional" terminology in describing this CD, but this is just great MUSIC... it just "happens to be" holiday-themed music.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best R&B Christmas album of all time!!!!! December 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a child of the 80's, I definitely love this cd. When this cd dropped in 1988, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis could do no wrong. After having written and produced Herb Alpert's " Keep Your Eye on Me" in 87 as well as mega hits for Janet Jackson, it was only appropriate that this album would do just as well! I have two words for you people....LISA KEITH!!!.....She sings background on " My Gift to You"....by Alexander O'neal, and On " Making Love in the Rain" by Herb Alpert. She has the voice of an angel!!!!.....Her voice resembles Janet Jackson's ....but in my opinion...SHE SOUNDS BETTER!!!!!.....Can anyone tell me if she ever released a solo album?...because if she has....Acquire it I must!!( As Yoda would say).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-MAS R&B!!!! September 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
THIS IS A GREAT CD. I LOVE IT. ALEXANDER IS A GREAT ARTIST ANYWAY. BUT I LIKE THIS CD I HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT. ALEX IS DEFINITELY JAMMING ON THIS CD. ALEX REALLY DID A GREAT JOB WITH THIS CD. IF YOU ALEXANDER O'NEAL THEN YOU WOULD DEFINITELY ENJOY THIS CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Thank you Amazon.com! December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been trying to find this for YEARS!!!! It is soooo good. I love "Sleigh Ride" and "The Little Drummer Boy". This is one Christmas CD that makes you want to boogie. I ordered it right away before I couldn't find it again. Thank you sooo much, this made my day!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Waiting For... November 27, 2002
By ESB
Format:Audio CD
For years, I searched high and low for the availability of this CD. I am so glad that my persistence did not diminish. This is my favorite holiday CD. There isn't a song on here I dislike. I'll probably buy two!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Fan from South Africa November 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hi to all from an Alex fan in South Africa.
In all of my 30 Summers I must say that Alex truly is the best! From the first time I heard an extended mix of criticize I wanted his music...so I bought all! however they are on LP format...and not on CD! And with Xmas coming up...could My Gift to You plse be released again!
or could somebody help me plse! I also notice that 'his greatest hits collection' available in the States does not have 'Hearsay' on it. How come. When it was released in South Africa.....it had Hearsay on it....I bought it on cassette..which was given to a cousin and was never returned!
Whats happened to the big guy? is he still in the UK? or back in the States. Is he still recording?
If My Gift to You is re-released! plse inform me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
One of my favorite Christmas albums. Fan's of Alexander O'neal will love the songs on this classic Christmas album. If you are not familiar with Mr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rodney Lyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Holiday Music!!!
Purchased for one song, MY GIFT TO YOU, but after listening to the CD in its entirety, I have found another Holiday CD to add to my FAVORITES... Plus, I enjoy Alexander O'Neal...
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Kym
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping
If you are into Christmas and you would like to hear some loving songs of joy and happiness--this cd is a must to have and I promise that it will not pose any doubt in your mind... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Mckee
5.0 out of 5 stars MY GIFT TO YOU ALEXANDER O' NEAL
GREAT CD THIS CHRISTMAS ONE IF YOU LIKE A. O'NEAL THIS WOULD BE ONE TO COMPLETE HIS MUSIC SO BUY BUY BUY
Published 6 months ago by jlyons68091
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A big fan of the artist,,,So I really did enjoy it. Price just right too. Great Purchase.Will buy from them again.
Published 7 months ago by Kimberly L. Littlejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD.
Great CD to listen to every Christmas. Hugh fan of Alexander O'Neal, great music. The majority of the songs are very good.
Published 7 months ago by Gordon Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Voice
Alexander O' Neal is such a talented man with an awesome voice. The arrangements on the disc were very well done. I
Published 7 months ago by tvto
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Voice
Invite your best friends to a pizza Christmas party. listen two Alexander O'Neal CD.
listen to Patti LABELL and Natalie Cole, don't forget Luther Vandross sing this is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Flora m bauer
4.0 out of 5 stars nice old school cd from alex
nice cd from alex. wish he was still on the scene making good music. if you like r&b and jazz then you'll like this cd.
Published 9 months ago by dena j
4.0 out of 5 stars O'Neal's Christmas Present
Alexander O'Neal's 1988 My Gift To You is one of the best Christmas albums from the 80's and an overlooked gem. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P Magnum
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