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Blue Christmas [Blue Moon]

  • 1. Christmas Greeting from Johnny Otis, Little Esther Phillips & Mel Walte - Johnny Otis/Esther Phillips
    2. White Christmas - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
    3. Christmas Time Blues - Roy Milton
    4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - The Orioles
    5. I Want My Baby for Christmas - Jimmy Liggins
    6. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Mabel Scott
    7. Christmas in Heaven - Billy Ward & the Dominoes
    8. Best Wishes - Lowell Fulson
    9. Faraway Christmas Blues - Mel Walker/Esther Phillips
    10. Christmas Date Blues - Big Joe Turner
    11. Any Day Now - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers
    12. Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby - Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chicken Shackers
    13. Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
    14. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Bull Moose Jackson
    15. Lonesome Christmas - Lowell Fulson
    16. Christmas Spirit - Julia Lee
    17. May Everyday Be Christmas - Louis Jordan
    18. Christmas Song, The - Nat King Cole
    19. Christmas Boogie - Sugar Chile Robinson
    20. Lonely Christmas - The Orioles
    21. Oh How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around - Jimmy Witherspoon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5003

  • Credits

    Performers include: Richard Earl, Ernestine Fuller, Bells Of Joy, James Kuykendall, Clarence Pierce, Matthew Robinson.
    Contains 10 tracks.
    One of the frequent failings of holiday albums, at least musically, is that they seldom have any internal stylistic integrity, but that isn't an accusation that could be made about this Christmas sampler from Austin's Dialtone Records. Featuring gritty blues and soul blues renditions of both familiar and more obscure holiday fare, it has a consistent tone that is at once both refreshing and comforting. Opening with Richard Earl's ragged, rocking "I Hear Jingle Bells," Blue Christmas manages to inject some soul into the festivities, and Ernestine Fuller's "How I Hate to See Christmas" shows why the blues and the holidays fit better together than one would imagine. She gets her spirit up, though, on the bubbling, jiving "Boogie Woogie Santa" a few tracks later. Clarence Pierce's two electric guitar instrumentals, "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells," are a pair of undeniable gems. Christmas never sounded so good or so real. ~ Steve Leggett

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