December (George Winston album)
December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston. It was recorded during the fall of 1982 and was released at the end of the year. It is a Christmas album, and more generally a tribute to the winter season. The album is a follow up to Autumn.
|Studio album by|
|Genre||Folk, Christmas music|
|Label||Windham Hill, Dancing Cat (rerelease)|
|George Winston chronology|
December is Winston's highest-selling album, having been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA, signifying 3 million copies in shipment. The success of the album, along with several of Winston's other albums from the early 1980s, enabled the record label, Windham Hill, to get international distribution and a much higher profile. The album also spent 136 weeks on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of #54 in January 1984, over a year after its original release. In 1987, five years after its release, it reached #2 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart.
A 20th Anniversary Edition of the album, with two bonus tracks, was released in 2001. The album was again reissued in 2013 by Valley Entertainment with Dancing Cat Records, Winston's own label. This reissue was packaged in a Digipak and features revised cover art.
|2.||"Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head"||John Jacob Niles||2:40|
|3.||"Joy"||David Qualey, from J. S. Bach||3:13|
|5.||"Carol of the Bells"||George Winston, from M. D. Leontovych||3:56|
|6.||"Night, Part One: Snow"||George Winston||1:51|
|7.||"Night, Part Two: Midnight"||George Winston||1:56|
|8.||"Night, Part Three: Minstrels"||Malcolm Dalglish||2:00|
|9.||"Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel"||Johann Pachelbel||5:21|
|10.||"The Holly and the Ivy"||George Winston, from traditional||4:52|
|11.||"Some Children See Him"||Alfred S. Burt||3:43|
|20th Anniversary Edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"A Christmas Song"||John Barry||2:25|
|14.||"Sleep Baby Mine"||Albert S. Burt||4:06|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||49|
|US Billboard 200||54|
|US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)||2|
|US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)||5|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- "Canadian album certifications – George Winston – December". Music Canada.
- "American album certifications – George Winston – December". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.