Merry Axemas "Merry Axemas Vol. 2"

Merry Axemas "Merry Axemas Vol. 2"

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Merry Axemas
Merry Axemas Vol. 2
The Story
"Merry Axemas Vol. 2" offers all new recordings from ten of the world's lead-ing rock guitarists. In the words of executive producer Steve Vai, "After the success of 'Merry Axemas' the search was on for inspired guitar players to cosmically merge their stellar talents together and create a package of vital instrumental Christmas classics that could uplift and rejuvenate the wilting Yuletide psyche of the depraved twang lover. This will hopefully conjure up (in a mystic driven frenzy) worldwide peace and enlightenment on a universal level on par with that of the birth of the son of man himself. Well, maybe not, but what the hey, it's a cool record with some great players."
The Music
06:19 Steve Lukather "The Christmas Song" Instrumental
04:20 Neal Schon "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" Instrumental
05:52 Steve Stevens "Do You Hear What I Hear" Instrumental
04:13 Stu Hamm "Sleigh Ride" Instrumental
04:27 Trevor Rabin "O Come All Ye Faithful" Instrumental
02:51 Zakk Wylde "White Christmas" Instrumental
05:47 John Sykes "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Instrumental
03:10 Robin Trower "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" Instrumental
04:13 Al Di Meola "Carol Of The Bells" Instrumental
03:13 Ted Nugent "Deck The Halls" Instrumental
The Artists
Steve Lukather Guitar, Production, Arrangement
Neal Schon Guitar, Production
Steve Stevens Guitar, Macintosh, Production, Engineering
Stuart Hamm 4 String, 5 String and Piccolo Fender Basses, Production, Arrangement, Mixing
Trevor Rabin Guitar, All Instruments, Production, Engineering, Mixing
Zakk Wylde Yari-Alvarez Classical & Acoustic Guitars, Production, Mixing
John Sykes Guitars, Production, Mixing
Robin Trower Guitars, Production, Mixing
Al DiMeola Guitar, All Instruments, Production
Ted Nugent Guitar
John Pena Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
David Garfield Keyboards, Arrangement
Steve Sykes Mixing, Engineering
Peter Doell Engineering Assistance
Jonathan Cain Keyboards, Computer Programming, Production, Engineering, Mixing
Mark Schulman Drums
Tom Fritze Engineering, Mixing
Tom Coster Hammond B-3 Organ
Steve Smith Drums
John Cuniberti Engineering, Mixing
James Murphy Engineering
Wally Buck Engineering Assistance
Justin Phelps Engineering Assistance
Paul Linford Mixing
Ron Albert Production, Mixing
Howard Albert Production, Mixing
Marco Mendoza Bass
Mars Laser Drums, Production, Mixing
Frank Roszak Engineering, Mixing
Livingstone Brown Keyboards, Arrangement, Bass, Production, Mixing
Chris Taggart Cymbals
Hernan Romero Production
Spyros Poulos Engineering, Mixing
Michael Lutz Bass, Production, Engineering, Mixing
Tommy Aldridge Drums
Steve Vai Executive Production
Leslie Langlo A&R Coordination
Ruta Sepetys Project Coordination
George Marino Mastering
Gary Taxali Illustration
"The Christmas Song" recorded and mixed at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" recorded and mixed at Wildhorse Studios, Novato, CA. "Do You Hear What I Hear" recorded at The Purple Room (Los Angeles) and The Studio at the Sunset Marquis Hotel (Hollywood, CA). "Sleigh Ride" recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA and Neverland Studio , Marin Country, CA. "O Come All Ye Faithful" recorded at the Jacaranda Room, Los Angeles, CA.

"White Christmas" recorded at Audio Vision Studios, Inc., Miami, FL. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" recorded at The Sweatshop, Northridge, CA. "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" recorded at The Boogie Lab, London, England. "Carol Of The Bells" recorded at Churchill Studios, Old Tappan, NJ. "Deck The Halls" recorded at Tasmania Studios, Ann Arbor, MI.

Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.

Art direction by Kelk.