Someday at Christmas

Someday at Christmas is the eighth studio album by Stevie Wonder, first released on November 27, 1967 by Motown Records under its Tamla imprint. Produced by Henry Cosby, it marked Wonder's first Christmas album. Someday at Christmas consists of twelve tracks, featuring cover versions of Christmas standards and carols, as well as several original songs, chiefly penned by Ron Miller along with his wife Aurora as well as Bryan and Deborah Wells, that would become modern holiday classics, including its title track and "What Christmas Means to Me."

Someday at Christmas
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 1967
Genre
Length34:57
LabelTamla
ProducerHenry Cosby
Stevie Wonder chronology
I Was Made to Love Her
(1967)
Someday at Christmas
(1967)
Eivets Rednow
(1968)

Upon its original release, Someday at Christmas failed to chart in the United States, although it peaked at number 50 on the Swedish Albums Chart. It has since been reissued several times, most recently in 2003 as part of Universal Music's Christmas edition of their successful 20th Century Masters series, including additional tracks. In 2020, it peaked at number 28 on the US Top Holiday Albums. The title track "Someday at Christmas" was previously released as a single in 1966 and reached number 24 on Billboard's Christmas Singles chart that year.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]

In his retrospective review for Allmusic, editor Rovi Staff wrote that "with Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder applies his inimitable vocal technique to yuletide songs, some familiar, some not, with predictably successful results. In the title song he yearns for a Christmas when "Men won't be boys/playing with bombs like kids play with toys," striking a plaintive tone not usually found on Christmas albums. Although he is hopeful that the day will come, he sings that it may not happen any time soon. The song seems eerily prescient in light of the chaotic year that would follow, Christmas 1967, when this record was released."[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by Henry Cosby.[2]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Someday at Christmas"
2:49
2."Silver Bells"2:22
3."Ave Maria"Franz Schubert3:56
4."The Little Drummer Boy"3:05
5."One Little Christmas Tree"
  • R. Miller
  • Wells
2:41
6."The Day That Love Began"
  • R. Miller
  • Deborah Wells
3:33
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Christmas Song"3:06
2."Bedtime for Toys"
  • R. Miller
  • Orlando Murden
3:28
3."Christmastime"Sol Selegna2:32
4."Twinkle Twinkle Little Me"
  • R. Miller
  • William O'Malley
3:13
5."A Warm Little Home on a Hill"
  • R. Miller
  • Wells
3:128
6."What Christmas Means to Me"
2:27

20th Century Masters (2003)Edit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."The Miracles of Christmas"
  • R. Miller
  • Aurora Miller
2:24
14."Everyone's a Kid at Christmas"
  • R. Miller
  • A. Miller
2:46

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[2]

Performers and musicians

ChartsEdit

Chart (1967–2021) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[3] 54
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 50
US Billboard 200[5] 85
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[6] 28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Someday at Christmas". Allmusic. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Someday at Christmas (booklet). Tamla Records. 1967.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  5. ^ "Stevie Wonder Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Stevie Wonder Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2020.

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