20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B. B. King

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 2001 collection A Christmas Celebration of Hope. It took B.B. King a long time to get around to his first Christmas album, which didn't appear until about half a century into his recording career. It's an adequate, good-humored reprisal of various holiday chestnuts, among them some material with blues/R&B origins, like "Merry Christmas Baby." King wrote just one new song for the album, the instrumental "Christmas Love," though he did originally record another of the tracks, "Christmas Celebration," back in 1960. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 2001 collection A Christmas Celebration of Hope. It took B.B. King a long time to get around to his first Christmas album, which didn't appear until about half a century into his recording career. It's an adequate, good-humored reprisal of various holiday chestnuts, among them some material with blues/R&B origins, like "Merry Christmas Baby." King wrote just one new song for the album, the instrumental "Christmas Love," though he did originally record another of the tracks, "Christmas Celebration," back in 1960. Wisely he plays "Auld Lang Syne" as a funky instrumental instead of vocalizing the singalong lyrics. In addition to periodic bursts of King's trademark guitar, there is plenty of brass and organ in the peppy arrangements. The Nashville String Machine adds its strings to just three tracks, which cuts down on over-produced excess which is only a problem on "Please Come Home for Christmas". It's hardly the first King you'll pull off your shelf, and not the first R&B Christmas album you'll turn to, either, but you could do worse in the holiday season.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 602498603789
  • Catalog Number: 000070702
  • Sales rank: 11,604

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist
Stanley Abernathy Trumpet
James Bolden Trumpet, Bandleader
Tony Coleman Tambourine
Mike Doster Bass
Calep Emphrey Drums
Leon Warren Guitar
Melvin Jackson Saxophone
James Sells Tony Keyboards
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Amos Milburn Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Clarence Carter Composer
Page Cavanaugh Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Michael Abene Producer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Jerry Gillespie Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Walter Kent Composer
B.B. King Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Riley King Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Gene Redd Composer
Jack Smalley Composer
Jesse Thomas Composer
Billy Ward Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Lou Baxter Composer
Traditional Composer
Floyd Lieberman Executive Producer
Robert Burns Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    B. doesn't disappoint

    Anyone that loves the blues needs to add this one to their collection. I wasn't sure what to expect from a blues Christmas cd, but I figured how could I go wrong with B.B. King. I was right, it's great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly recommended

    This is classic B.B. King --- soothing, soulful. The selections are especially meaningful if you are missing someone special during the holidays.

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    Posted March 23, 2010

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