These Are Special TimesThese Are Special Times

Release date: Nov 3, 1998Date de sortie: 3 nov. 1998

These Are Special Times is Céline’s third Christmas album, the previous two having been released 15 and 17 years prior, at a time when her career was still in its infancy. 

The album brings together such extraordinary talents as R. Kelly and Andrea Bocelli, respectively singing in a duet with Céline on I'm Your Angel and The Prayer. Producers David Foster and Ric Wake, two of Céline’s long-time collaborators, give the album their masterly touch.

Keeping it special, Celine is joined by her family on Feliz Navidad, and Les cloches du hameau.

To this day, These Are Special Times is still among the top 5 bestsellers in the US in the "Christmas and Holiday album" category.

This album is also available as a Collector’s Edition that includes a DVD of her celebrated CBS television special for These Are Special Times, which received two Emmy Award nominations. This spectacular television event also captures a rarity, Celine’s beautiful rendition of the Roberta Flack classic, The First Time I Saw Your Face.

These are Special Times représente la troisième collection de chansons de Noël interprétées par Céline, les deux dernières étant parues 15 et 17 ans auparavant, alors qu’elle n’était encore qu’à l’aube de sa carrière. Cet album constitue une réunion de talents aussi extraordinaires les uns que les autres, avec notamment deux duos impliquant R. Kelly (I’m Your Angel) et Andrea Bocelli (The Prayer). On souligne également la production magistrale de David Foster et Ric Wake, deux complices de longue date. 

C’est sur cet album que l’on retrouve Céline interprétant les chansons Feliz Navidad et Les cloches du hameau, accompagnée de ses parents et de ses frères et soeurs.

These Are Special Times figure encore à ce jour parmi les 5 meilleurs vendeurs aux États-Unis dans la catégorie “albums de Noël et du temps des fêtes”.

Une version de cet album est aussi disponible en “collector edition” incluant le DVD These Are Special Times, le spécial télé diffusé sur la chaîne américaine CBS et ayant reçu deux nominations ‘Emmy Awards’. En plus des classiques de Noël et de quelques-uns de ses grands succès, ce spectaculaire événement télévisuel propose une rare interprétation par Céline du magnifique classique de Roberta Flack, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. 

  • 1

    O Holy Night

    (Traditional)

    (Produced by David Foster for Chartmaker Inc.)

  • 2

    Don't Save It All For Christmas Day

    (Peter Zizzo, Ric Wake and Céline Dion)

    Don’t get so busy that you miss
    Giving just a little kiss
    To the ones you love
    Don’t even wait a little while
    To give them just a little smile
    A little is enough
    How many people are crying
    People are dying
    How many people are asking for love
    (Chorus)
    So Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find a way
    To give a little love everyday
    Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find your way
    ‘Cause holidays have come and gone
    But love lives on
    If you give on
    Love…
    How could you wait another minute
    A hug is warmer when you’re in it
    And Baby that’s a fact
    And saying “I love you’s” always better
    Seasons, reasons, they don’t matter
    So don’t hold back
    How many people in this world
    So needful in this world
    How many people are praying for love
    So Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find a way
    To give a little love everyday
    Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find your way
    ‘Cause holidays have come and gone
    But love lives on
    If you give on
    Love…
    Let all the children know
    Everywhere that they go
    Their whole life long
    Let them know love
    Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find your way
    To give a little love everyday
    Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find a way
    Everyone, everywhere
    Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day
    Find your way
    ‘Cause holidays have come and gone
    But love lives on
    If you give on
    Love…
    Love……..


    (Peter Zizzo / Ric Wake / Celine Dion)

  • 3

    Blue Christmas

    (Jay Johnson and Bill Hayes)

    (Produced and Arranged by David Foster for Chartmaker Inc.)

  • 4

    Another Year Has Gone By

    (Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy)

    So many 25th's of December
    Just as many 4th of July's
    And we're still holding it together
    It only comes down to you and I
    I know you can still remember
    Things we said right from the start
    When we said that this could be special
    I'm keeping those words deep down in my heart
    Another year has gone by
    And I'm still the one by your side
    After everything that's gone by
    There's still no one saying goodbye
    Though another year has gone by
    I've never been much for occasions
    You never let a birthday go by
    With announcing how much you love me
    But the truth was always there -
    right there in your eyes
    And we're still holding hands when we're walking
    Acting like we've only just met
    But how could that be - when there's so much history
    Guess that's how true lovers can get
    Another year has gone by

    (Bryan Adams / Eliot Kennedy)

  • 5

    The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)

    (D. Snider)

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly
    It’s the season to be jolly
    And be thankful for all that we have
    All the lights and decorations
    Put up in anticipation
    Of the joyful celebration
    That’s on its way
    (We’re) counting the days
    ‘Til it’s time for Christmas day
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    The good and the bad
    The happy; the sad
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    Here’s to family and friends
    It’s good to be here again
    On the streets there’s children laughing
    People smile as they are passing
    Christmas time is here, our waiting is done
    Wishing it could last forever
    Not just twelve days in December
    Through the year let’s try to remember
    That special way
    That everyone feels
    It’s the magic of Christmas day
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    The good and the bad
    The happy; the sad
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    Here’s to family and friends
    It’s good to be here again
    So fill your heart with love and joy
    And through the eyes of girls and boys
    Share their wonder, live through their joy
    It’s easy to do, just open your heart
    The spirit will come to you
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    The good and the bad
    The happy; the sad
    Oh and God bless us everyone
    Here’s to family and friends
    Till next time we meet again


    (D. Snider)

  • 6

    Ave Maria

    (Gounod)

    (Produced by David Foster for Chartmaker Inc.)

  • 7

    Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)

    (Traditional)

    (Produced by David Foster for Chartmaker Inc.)

  • 8

    The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

    (Mel Torme and Robert Wells)

    (Produced and Arranged by David Foster for Chartmaker Inc.)

  • 9

    The Prayer (Duet with Andrea Bocelli)

    I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
    And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know
    Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
    Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
    To a place where we’ll be safe
    I pray we’ll find your light, and hold it in our hearts
    When stars go out each night, remind us where you are
    Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
    Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
    Give us faith so we’ll be safe
    A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
    And every heart that’s broken will be mended
    And we’ll remember we are all God’s children
    Reaching out to touch you
    Reaching to the sky
    We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
    We hope each soul will find another soul to love
    Let this be our prayer, just like every child
    Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
    Give us faith so we’ll be safe
    Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
    Give us faith so we’ll be safe


    (Carol Bayer Sager / David Foster)
    Italian translation by Alberto Testa and Tony Renis

  • 10

    Brahms' Lullaby

    Lullaby and good night
    In the sky stars are bright
    Around your head flowers gay
    Set your slumbers till day
    Lullaby and good night
    In the sky stars are bright
    Around your head flowers gay
    Set your slumbers till day
    Close your eyes now and rest
    May these hours be blessed
    Close your eyes now and rest
    May these hours be blessed
    Bonne nuit cher enfant
    Dans tes langes blanches
    Repose joyeux en rêvant des cieux
    Quand le jour reviendra
    Tu te réveilleras
    Quand le jour reviendra
    Tu te réveilleras
    Lullaby and good night
    In the sky stars are bright
    Around your head flowers gay
    Set your slumbers till day


    (Johannes Brahms)

  • 11

    Christmas Eve

    Snow falling gently to the ground
    ‘Tis the night before
    And in my heart there is no doubt
    That this is gonna be
    The brightest holiday
    ‘Cause here you are with me
    Baby, baby, I can’t wait
    To spend this special time of year with someone who
    Makes me feel the special way that you do
    Walkin’ with you in a winter’s snow
    Kissin’ underneath the mistletoe
    People smiling everywhere we go
    It’s Christmas Eve and they can see we’re in love
    Ooh, you make the season bright
    With the lights reflected in your eyes
    All my dreams are comin’ true tonight
    It’s Christmas Eve and I can see we’re in love
    We’ll stay up late tonight
    Decorate the tree
    Just look into my eyes
    And I will tell you truthfully
    That I don’t need no Santa Claus
    To hear my Christmas wish
    I got you in my arms
    And what could be a better gift


    (Maria Christensen / Curt Frasca)

  • 12

    These Are Special Times

    In these moments, moments of our lives
    All the world is ours
    And this world is so right
    You and I sharing this time together
    Sharing the same dream
    As the time goes by, we will find
    These are the special times
    Times we’ll remember
    These are the precious times
    The tender times we’ll hold in our hearts forever
    These are the sweetest times
    These times together
    And through it all, one thing will always be true
    The special times are the times I share with you
    With each moment, moment passing by
    We’ll make memories that will last all our lives
    As you and I travel through time together
    Living this sweet dream
    And every day, we can say
    These are the special times
    Times we’ll remember
    These are the precious times
    The tender times we’ll hold in our hearts forever
    These are the sweetest times
    These times together
    And through it all, one thing will always be true
    The special times are the times I share with you
    These tender moments
    When heaven is so close
    These are the moments that I know
    These are the special times
    Times we’ll remember
    These are the precious times
    The tender times we’ll hold in our hearts forever
    These are the sweetest times
    These times together
    And through it all, one thing will always be true
    The special times are the times I share
    The special times are the times we share
    The special times are the times I share with you


    (Diane Warren)

  • 13

    Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

    (John Lennon and Yoko Ono)

    (Produced by Ric Wake for The W&R Group)

  • 14

    I'm Your Angel (Duet with R. Kelly)

    No mountain痴 too high for you to climb
    All you have to do is have some climbing faith, oh yes
    No rivers too wide for you to make it through
    All you have to do is believe it when you pray
    And then you will see
    The morning will come
    And everyday will be bright as the sun
    So all of your fears
    All of your fears
    Cast them on me
    All I ever wanted was you to see
    I値l be your cloud up in the sky
    I値l be your shoulder when you cry
    I値l hear your voices when you call me
    I am your Angel
    And when all hope is gone, I知 near
    No matter how far you are, I知 near
    It makes no difference who you are
    I am your Angel
    I知 your Angel, oh yes
    I saw your teardrops, and I heard you cry
    All you need is time
    Seek me and you shall find
    You have everything and you池e still alone
    It don稚 have to be this way
    Let me show you a better day
    Oh and then you will see
    The morning will come
    And all of your days will be bright as the sun
    All of your fears
    All of your fears
    Just cast them on me
    How can I make you see
    I値l be your cloud up in the sky
    I値l be your shoulder when you cry
    I値l hear your voices when you call me
    I am your Angel
    And when all hope is gone, I知 near
    No matter how far you are, I知 near
    It makes no difference who you are
    I am your Angel
    I値l be your cloud up in the sky
    I値l be your shoulder when you cry
    I値l hear your voices when you call me
    I am your Angel
    And when all hope is gone, I知 near
    No matter how far you are, I知 near
    It makes no difference who you are
    I am your Angel
    I値l be your cloud up in the sky
    I値l be your shoulder when you cry
    I値l hear your voices when you call me
    I am your Angel
    And when all hope is gone, I知 near
    No matter how far you are, I知 near
    It makes no difference who you are
    I am your Angel


    (R. Kelly)

  • 15

    Feliz Navidad

    (Jose Feliciano)

    PERFORMED BY CELINE AND HER FAMILY

  • 16

    Les cloches du hameau

    PERFORMED BY CELINE AND HER FAMILY

    Les cloches du hameau
    Chantent dans la campagne
    Le son du chalumeau
    Égaye la montagne
    On entend, on entend
    Les bergers, les bergers
    Chanter dans les prairies
    Ces refrains si légers
    Qui charment leurs amies:
    Tra la la, tra la la la la la,
    Tra la la la la la la la la la la,
    Tra la la, tra la la la la la,
    Tra la la la la la la la la la la.
    C’est l’heure du retour,
    Et la jeune bergère,
    Voyant la fin du jour,
    Regagne sa chaumière,
    On entend…
    Refrain
    Lorsque dans le rocher,
    La tempête tourmente,
    Autour du vieux foyer
    Joyeusement l’on chante
    On entend…


    (Johannes Brahms)

  • 17

    The Power Of Love

  • 18

    Do You Hear What I Hear (duet with Rosie O´Donnell)

  • 19

    O Holy Night

  • 20

    Because You Loved Me

  • 21

    Let´s Talk About Love

  • 22

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

  • 23

    My Heart Will Go On

  • 24

    The Prayer (duet with Andrea Bocelli)

  • 25

    Ave Maria – performed by Andrea Bocelli