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Brockton James / "A Vision
of the Season" (Production Notes):
Release Dates: October 26, 2009 (Digital) / November 23, 2009 (Physical)
Released and marketed by James Specialty Co., P.O. Box 656, Paradise
CA, 95967 USA
Total playing time: 49:18
Genres: World / Easy listening / Instrumental (Christmas/Holiday)
Recorded Summer 2007 to October 18, 2009. Mastering completed October
1. Angels We Have Heard On High (2:59) Tempo =
105 bpm. • Medieval French carol
Recording completed May 3, 2009; Mix completed September 10, 2009.
I have always loved this melody, but wanted to experiment with a
much different arrangement that what is normally presented. The
result is a blend of orchestral passages, acoustic guitars and a
beat with a "world" flavor! I hope you enjoy this version!
2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (3:19) Tempo =
80 bpm. • English trad., first pub in 1833
Recording completed September 27, 2009; Mix completed October 21,
A unique version, blending sax and folk instruments with a "world"
3. Good King Wenceslas (Tempus Adest Floridum)
(2:50) Tempo = 100 bpm.• 13th century Swedish, first pub in
Recording completed July 15, 2009, Mix completed September 15, 2009.
This version is a bit whimsical, featuring flutes, recorder, guitars
and a "Gypsy" world beat!
4. A New Tradition (2:31) Tempo = bpm. •
2007, Brockton James
Began Summer 2007; Recording completed June, 2009.
My first holiday-inspired instrumental composition. This piece features
a full orchestra, and is reminiscent of classical pieces from the
"old" traditions! I hope you enjoy it!
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (4:25) Tempo =
100 bpm. • 1840, Felix Mendelssohn
Recording completed August 23, 2009; Mix completed October 4, 2009.
Another unique version of a Christmas classic! Again, some folksy
instruments with ethnic percussion add up to a very different "world"
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem (St. Lewis version)
(2:30) Tempo = 74 bpm. • 1868, Lewis H. Redner
Recording completed June 27, 2009; Mix completed September 6, 2009.
A very simple, peaceful arrangement. I originally intended for this
piece to be a sax solo with piano accompaniment. However, working
under time constraints, I needed to provide a version for a submission
to a music library, so I put down a quick flute part. I really liked
the flute and decided to leave it! I still may do this song with
a sax at some point! Originally recorded with a piano and guitar
accompaniment, the addition of a bass part was suggested by my good
friend and collaborator, George Maddaloni of NY. (Thanks Geo!)
7. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) (2:58)
Tempo = 90 bpm. • 1751, attributed to John Francis Wade
Completed October 20, 2009
Essentially two versions in one! Yes, that's me humming at the beginning!
8. Away in a Manger (Flow Gently, Sweet Afton;
Mueller) (3:06) Tempo = 85, 90 bpm. • 1838, J.E. Spilman;
1887, James R. Murray
Began November 28, 2008; Recording completed July 8, 2009; Mix completed
October 22, 2009.
This arrangement actually featuures the two most commony-known melodies
associated with this song--the European "Flow Gently, Sweet
Afton" and the common American melody, "Mueller."
The second half of this song actually blends the two, in a rather
9. Silent Night (Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!)
(3:31) Temp = 70 bpm. • 1818, Franz X. Gruber
Recording and mix completed October 18, 2009.
I wanted to experiment with different blends of instrumentation
for this song. This is a very different version, featuring East
Indian tambura and harmonium, "married" to acoustic guitars,
flute and harp. A bit meditative...
10. The First Noël (5:09) Tempo = 85 bpm.
• English carol, as early as the 13th century, first pub in
Recording completed September 26, 2009; Mix completed October 8,
Very different texture blending a "folksy" sound with
ethnic percussion. In fact, this song "morphs" between
a variety of textures! It was fun to record, and I hope you enjoy
11. The Twelve Days of Christmas (4:14) Tempo =
120 bpm. • English-French trad.
Began September, 2008; Recording completed May 9, 2009; Mix completed
August 23, 2009.
I wanted to record a version of this song in which each "item"
mentioned (in the most common versions) are represented musically!
I didn't want to get too whimsical with it, so I think this can
be considered a unique, but fun version! This took an immense amount
of time to record--I hope you enjoy it!
12. The Bells of December (2:53) Tempo = 120 bpm.•
2009, Brockton James
Began Summer, 2008; Recording completed September 16, 2009; Mix
completed October 19, 2009.
Another holiday original. This one was largely an experiment, utilizing
orchestral elements, electric guitars, piano, saxophone, bass and
drums/persussion. Oh, and bells! Enjoy!
13. O Holy Night (4:44) Tempo = 67, 69, 74 bpm.
• 1847, Adolphe C. Adam
Recording completed September 18, 2009; Mix Completed October 22,
One of my favorite Christmas songs! It is a timeless melody, a very
well-composed song! I have wanted to do a version like this for
many years. It features an alto saxophone lead with a full orchestra
accompaniment. This took a great deal of time to record, but I think
you'll enjoy the results!
14. Auld Lang Syne (3:21) Tempo = 70 bpm. •
Began April 5, 2009; Recording completed August 22, 2009; Mix completed
October 15, 2009.
A fitting end to the album. This is a very "folksy" version,
with acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonica, etc. Feel free to sing
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Production equipment used on this project:
Computer applications: MOTU Digital Performer, Propellerhead Reason,
T-Racks Mastering / Interface: MOTU 728mkII / Console: Mackie 1604VLZ
/ Control Surfaces: Mackie HUI, Novation Remote Zero / Mics: CAD,
Rode, Shure / Monitors: Event Studio Precision, M-Audio Studiophile
40 / Other: ART MP Studio Tube Preamp / Keyboards: Kawai K5000S,
M-Audio Ozone / Instruments: Yamaha BB300 Bass; Fender, Epiphone
and Washburn Guitars; 1925 Conn Alto Saxophone, Lee Oskar and Hohner
Harmonicas, Yamaha Recorder; Amplifiers by Vox and Orange; and a
vast collection of percussion instruments--drums, shakers, bells,