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One Christmas: Chapter 1
LeAnn Rimes - One Christmas- Chapter 1
Released October 27, 2014
Recorded 2014
Length 20:10
Label Iconic Entertainment Group
Producer Darrel Brown, LeAnn Rimes, Dave Aude
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One Christmas: Chapter 1 is an extended play by American country singer LeAnn Rimes. Originally intended to be a three part extended play, these EPs were the first set to be released by Rimes that are not under the Curb Records label. It was released by Iconic Entertainment Group on October 28, 2014[1] but was released on October 27th,[2][3] with the second was to follow in 2015 as well as the final was set to be released in 2016,[4] entitled Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 respectively.[5] A tour for the EP started in December of 2014.[6] However, this changed and Rimes instead released a full studio album in 2015 entitled Today Is Christmas.

Background Edit

When discussing the EP Rimes stated, "I made a Christmas record a long time ago, and this time, I decided I wanted to spread it out over three years so I didn’t have to stop making Christmas music. We had so much fun making this first EP. I tried to play around with it as far as things you don’t typically hear me do. A lot of the vocals sound very live, and it’s just a really cool piece of music. It’s very exclectic. It has a lot of soul, and it sounds really organic."[1]

Release Edit

The EP was released on October 27, 2014 by Iconic Entertainment Group. It contains six tracks of cover songs with conventional and unconventional holiday songs, including a cover of "Silent Night". "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" was released as a promotional single from the EP on September 30, 2014.[7]

Critical reception Edit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars and gave a mixed review on the album stating that the EP is "a more eccentric holiday album than [LeAnn] Rimes' What a Wonderful World." He praises Rimes' rendition of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and "Blue Christmas" stating "Rimes launches into the 1953 novelty "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" on the second track, then slides into a soulful rendition of "Blue Christmas" after that." but states that these songs the EP "does operate at a slow burn" and that "Somebody at Christmas" and "Hard Candy Christmas" "simmer", while "Carol of the Bells" sparkling perhaps a bit too much, providing a quickening tempo." He concludes his review on a positive note stating that the "decision to play it cool in addition to having a bit of fun makes One Christmas a neat little seasonal treat"[8]

Chart performance Edit

One Christmas: Chapter 1 peaked at number twenty on the US Top Country Albums chart and number thirty-five on the Top Holiday Albums chart and 172 on the Billboard 200.[9]

Track listing Edit

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Silent Night Holy Night"  Franz Xavier Griber & Joseph MohrDarrell Brown & Rimes 3:58
2. "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"  John RoxBrown & Rimes 4:16
3. "Blue Christmas"  Billie Hayes & Jay JohnsonBrown & Rimes 3:35
4. "Someday at Christmas" (featuring Trombone Shorty)Bryan Wells & Ron MillerBrown & Rimes 3:32
5. "Hard Candy Christmas"  Carol HallBrown & Rimes 2:41
6. "Carol of Bells"  Mykola Leontovych & Peter J. WilhauskyDave Aude, Brown & Rimes 2:08
Total length:
20:10

Credits and personnel Edit

Credits adapted from liner notes.[10]
  • Dave Aude - producer, mixing, arrangement
  • Niko Bolas - recording, mixing, additional recording
  • Darrel Brown - producer, additional recording, arrangement, percussion, background vocals
  • Vinnie Colaiuto -drums, percussion
  • Eric Darken - percussion
  • Tim Davis - background vocals
  • Ron Dzuibla - horn
  • Steve Genewick - assistant recording, assistant mixing
  • Bob Glaub - bass
  • Ira Grylack - additional recording
  • Chandler Harrod - assistant recording, assistant mixing, additional recording
  • Paul "Jamo" Jamieson - tech man
  • Steve Jordon - drums
  • Nick Lane - horn
  • Joe Napolitano - additional recording
  • Dean Parks - guitars
  • Cindi Peters - production coordination
  • Tim Pierce - guitars
  • Lowell Reynolds - additional recording
  • LeAnn Rimes - lead vocals, producer, arrangement, background vocals
  • Al Schmitt - mixing
  • Ian Sefchick - mastering
  • Trombone Shorty - horn
  • Lee Thornburg - arrangement, horn
  • Waddy Wachtel - guitars
  • Willie Weeks - bass
  • Johnathan Yudkin - strings

Charts Edit

Weekly Charts Edit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 172
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[9] 20
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[9] 35


Release history Edit

Country Date Format(s) Label Catalog number Ref.
United States October 27, 2014 Compact disc, digital download Iconic Entertainment Group ICON025 (CD)
933057981 (iTunes)
B00OV9HS1U (Amazon)
[2][3][11][12]

Reference Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Stern, Bradley (October 15, 2014). "LeAnn Rimes Covers “Silent Night”, Offers Up ‘One Christmas: Chapter 1′ Tracklisting: Idolator Premiere". Idolator. http://www.idolator.com/7566641/leann-rimes-silent-night-one-christmas-chapter-one-tracklisting-idolator-premiere. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "One Christmas: Chapter One". Walmart.com. Walmart Stores, Inc. http://www.walmart.com/ip/39815827. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "One Christmas: Chapter One". Amazon.com (US), Amazon.com Inc. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NWDKD8Q/. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. Thompson, Gayle (July 11, 2014). "LeAnn Rimes Announces Christmas Tour, Album [WATCH],". The Boot. Taste of Country. http://theboot.com/leann-rimes-christmas-tour-album/. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  5. Conaway, Alanna (August 8, 2014). "LeAnn Rimes Has a New Album, a New Reality TV Show and a New Attitude (2014)". Country Weekly. American Media, Inc. http://www.countryweekly.com/magazine/vault/leann-rimes-has-new-album-new-reality-tv-show-and-new-attitude-2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  6. Howell, Coti (July 11 2014). "LeAnn Rimes Hits the Beach to Announce Christmas Tour, Album". Taste of Country. Taste of Country Network. http://tasteofcountry.com/leann-rimes-christmas-tour-album/. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  7. "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Single by LeAnn Rimes". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on October 29 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141029160620/https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-want-hippopotamus-for-christmas/id920880677. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  8. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "One Chrismas: Chapter 1 - LeAnn Rimes". All Media Network, LLC. http://www.allmusic.com/album/one-christmas-chapter-one-mw0002759629. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "One Christmas: Chapter One - LeAnn Rimes". Allmusic. All Media Network, LLC. http://www.allmusic.com/album/one-christmas-chapter-one-mw0002759629/awards. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  10. One Christmas: Chapter 1 (Compact disc liner notes). LeAnn Rimes. Iconic Entertainment Records. 2014. ICON025. 
  11. "One Christmas: Chapter One - EP by LeAnn Rimes". iTunes Stores. Apple, Inc. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-christmas-chapter-one-ep/id933057981. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  12. "One Christmas: Chapter One: LeAnn Rimes: MP3 Download". Amazon.com (US) Amazon.com, Inc. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OV9HS1U/. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
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