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Silver & Gold

Vanessa WilliamsAudio CD
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Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures, and has sold millions of albums worldwide. Vanessa has also achieved widespread critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B0002ZDVGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silver and Gold
2. Joy to the World
3. Marys Boy Child
4. Silent Night
5. Winter Weather
6. Drummer Boy
7. Merry Christmas Darling
8. Rise Up Shepherd
9. I Dream a World
10. December Lullaby
11. The Holly and the Ivy
12. Christmas Is
13. Have Yourself a Merry Christmas

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Throughout her illustrious career Vanessa Williams maintained a reputation as one of the most respected and multifaceted entertainers into the world amassing accomplishments and accolades one after another. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. Now Vanessa fans can catch spirit of the holidays with her new release, Silver and Gold, an intimate collection of Holiday favorites and original compositions. Silver and Gold features the single of the same name and a stirring rendition of Joy to the World featuring Brian McKnight.

On Vanessa Williams' second Christmas disc, she proves once and for all she's just not just a glamorous dishonored beauty queen. Over the course of her seven studio albums, she has grown into a strong, nuanced singer, with an unerring eye for a good song. She continues the trend on Silver & Gold, which is the first in a series of thematic holiday albums she has planned over the next few years. The singer eschews tired, overworked Yuletide chestnuts, and instead roasts an entirely new batch, including the title song which in the perfect blend of wistfulness and strength, while the island rhythms of "Mary's Little Boy" elevates the bar on seasonal music, and her coy, saucy remake of the Carpenters' "Winter Weather," deserves to be a retro classic. When Williams does tackle a holiday standard, she does it with a fresh eye and voice, like her while her jazzy delicate duet with r&b heartthrob Brian McKnight: it's so sublime it lingers long after the last note has been sounded. Outstanding! --Jaan Uhelszki

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver and Gold has the "Right Stuff" November 1, 2004
By Ramsess
Format:Audio CD
When I think of the name Vanessa Williams it is synonymous with class, grace, eloquence, drive, determination and sheer talents. The girl has gone from Syracuse to Broadway and didn't miss a beat. Not to mention a Tony nod for "In the Woods". This lady presence commands and receives respects from fans and critics alike. One would expect another secular cd from this beautiful creature since it has been a while; however, once again V. tackles another Christmas cd. I would be the first to say, "I am not fond of Christmas music". I mean how many ways can you sing "Joy to the World" which by the way is one of the fine cuts on this cd in which she teams with Brian McKnight". Nevertheless, V's rich smooth voice makes even the most boring of Christmas songs delightful to listen to. Each cut from beginning to end is well done and has a wonderful music arrangement. Because her voice is not overpowering, she is able to interpret each song beautifully without going over the top or over singing. This is a wonderful collection of old staples and some fresh new ones. I highly recommend it for your holiday gatherings or just chilling alone. I am truly a fan for life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back! October 17, 2004
By Troy G.
Format:Audio CD
For the past 21 years, I have followed this strikingly stunning woman that I have EVER laid my eyes on! You see, she is now a true music legend! She has gone from Miss America to A First-Class Pop-Diva and a well-established QUEEN! She has really saved us with her best work yet-Her 2nd Christmas CD, and I'd hope her next one will be a Smooth-jazz album, which happens to be her penchant. Not bad for a woman who is still selling PROACTIV at 4 am in the morning!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally she's back with the Siver&Gold voice! October 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
We have waited for SEVEN years(!!!) to get her new recording album. And now, Vanessa's back and better than ever!

"Silver & Gold" is a treasury of Christmas blessings in variety. Vanessa once again shows her range and talent in her singing career. "Silver & Gold" is a great Xmas album, just as good as her last one "Star Bright".

The title single "Silver and Gold" is elegant and beautiful tone that Vanessa's good at. "Joy to the World", a duet with Brian McKnight is so fresh and new, they both give terrific voice performance."Rise up, Sheperd and Follow" is the powerful Gospel taste to show Vanessa's soulful voice. We can also remember the R&B diva via "December Lullaby", a great great song!There's also some Jazz songs in this album, Vanessa's Favorite music style.

Welcome back, Vanessa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Darren
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Vanessa Williams along with producer Rob Mathes and the London Session Orchestra work well to create another Christmas CD that is destined to become a treasured classic.

This compilation of Christmas cheer contains some great new renditions of the old Christmas classics. Highlights include a very smooth and mellow version of the title cut, "Joy to the World" with Brian McNight, "The Holly and the Ivy" and a more upbeat and jazzy version of The Carpenter's "Merry Christmas Darling". On "Winter Weather", Vanessa showcases some of her superb Broadway style vocals.

"December Lullaby" is a smooth jazzy track with superb lyrics and a great musical arrangement which will get your head "be-boppin". My favorite track off this compilation, however, is Vanessa's rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy". Vanessa's smooth voice with the added angelic sound of the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir towards the latter portion of this track add some gospel to the mix and will fill you with the spirit of the season. It's purely magical. The choir returns in "Rise Up Shepherd and Follow" which is another highly inspirational track that is sure to lift your spirits.

In Silver and Gold, Vanessa presents us with another very inspirational and jazzy collection of holiday cheer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Pure "Silver & Gold" October 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
What A Great Gift From Vanessa Williams!!! Another Wonderful Christmas Cd...Featuring Great Songs & Terrific Arrangements!!! My Favorite Tracks Include.."Winter Weather", "Christmas Is" & The Beautiful Title Track!!! It's Great That She Is BACK!! Can't Wait For Her Next Cd In January!! Oh, And By The Way...The Woman Is GORGEOUS!!! Fantastic Cover Photo!!!! Happy Holidays
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Holiday Album from Vanessa! November 17, 2004
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In my opinion, Star Bright by Vanessa Williams, is THE Best Christmas album I've heard since the Jackson5. However, she has created an equally fantastic and memorable album, with Silver & Gold. Her song choices are great and the arrangements along with her clear vocals make this album an instant classic. I have always loved her voice. When it comes to Christmas music, this 'genre' suits her best. This CD makes the old classics feel fresh and new. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver and Gold Shimmers Brightly December 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It seems to be a trend that started out as a brilliant novelty; yet, now that every rising new star and their momma's are making Christmas albums, the novelty is staring to wear thin. I remember back in the day when it was cool for a new singer to put out their own spin of a Christmas collection. Mariah carey,Celine Dion, and Vanessa Williams all put out wonderful albums. Then, it started to get a little crazy.

Destinys Child put one out and its promise was delivered on a plastic plate with cheap picnic wear to serve it up.

I was begining to loose hope that any good Christmas albums would be made again.

Vanessa did it.

Her second Christmas album, which is not better than her first one, but just as good, is full of traditional favorites as well as some newbies. I love "Silver and Gold", the song is so peaceful and relaxing. It put me in the holiday mood instantly. Marys Boy Child is a wonderful rehash of a song All 4 One did (I don't know who origionally sang it) and as it approaches the end, it flows seemlessly into "O Holy Night". I adore the was she does "Silent Night" with a celtic twist. The song is pretty and sounds fresh. This album offers some nice gems. "Drummer Boy" has its own spotlight on this album (recall that it served as a cameo song on "Do You Hear What I Hear" from her last Christmas album) and it shines brilliantly. And "winter Weather" is a fun, cheerful Christmas song and Vanessa Williams sounds like she is all smiles while she sings it.

Silver and Gold is worthy of finding a home in anyones Christmas music collection. It is a perfect continuation of her previous effort, and hopefully an indication of what to expect on her next Holiday outing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful CD.
Published 7 days ago by little cole girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you for the CD!
Published 24 days ago by Cody Reschke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait to hear this one.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Music
Love Vanessa Williams. The CD is really enjoyable. The music is great for the holiday season. Never goes out of style.
Published 8 months ago by Mary L. Hinkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa at her best.
This cd proves why she is one of my favorite singers.This is her best christmas cd.Its a lovely cd that will have you falling in love with the holidays every time you hear this cd... Read more
Published 11 months ago by WIFE
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Christmas CD
There is such joy in this CD that you'll want to listen to it more than just the Christmas season.
Published 21 months ago by Karen Neuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class
I am shocked that this, one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time is out of print. The lovely Ms. Williams sings with passion and clarity. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Elegant
This is an understated, beautiful Christmas album. I was not a big Vanessa Williams fan and had none of her secular music until I bought this CD some years ago. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Auntie I
1.0 out of 5 stars As Enjoyable as a Glass of Stale Egg Nog
There is nothing on this disc that comes even remotely close to the stylish originality of her previous Christmas CD. Read more
Published on November 20, 2009 by Carl Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver and Gold cannot count up to the level of Vanessa's voice and...
I loved her first Christmas album. She is one of the most underrated singers around. Is it because she is so beautiful? Because she can act? Read more
Published on October 25, 2009 by Born in a Library
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Vanessa Williams, Christmas 2004, Live by Request on DVD or VHS
I would like to know how I could purchase Christmas 2004 Live by request, airing Dec. 11 04. I've even asked on her site, with no answer and it's not on the Live by request site either. Please help.
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