20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Blues

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This disc of holiday-themed blues spanning four decades throws in a couple of ringers like Charles Brown's over-anthologized "Please Come Home for Christmas" and Albert King's "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" with an imaginative choice of more obscure fare. Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson's "Five Pound Box of Money" nicely updates Pearl Bailey's classic with all the sass left intact. Sonny Boy Williamson's growling "Santa Claus" is a lost Christmas treasure and Billy Boy Arnold's version of Jimmy McCracklin's "Christmas Time, Pt. 1" with Duke Robillard's band is a real gem, not to mention a song few blues fans will already own. Hip-O raids the Alligator vaults for the late ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
This disc of holiday-themed blues spanning four decades throws in a couple of ringers like Charles Brown's over-anthologized "Please Come Home for Christmas" and Albert King's "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" with an imaginative choice of more obscure fare. Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson's "Five Pound Box of Money" nicely updates Pearl Bailey's classic with all the sass left intact. Sonny Boy Williamson's growling "Santa Claus" is a lost Christmas treasure and Billy Boy Arnold's version of Jimmy McCracklin's "Christmas Time, Pt. 1" with Duke Robillard's band is a real gem, not to mention a song few blues fans will already own. Hip-O raids the Alligator vaults for the late harmonica master William Clarke's slow, bluesy "Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus" and Koko Taylor's "Merry, Merry Christmas," both interestingly originals in a genre that doesn't necessarily require them. Keb' Mo''s "Jingle Bell Jamboree" -- another original -- is rescued from Sony's too eclectic All-Star Christmas, a compilation most blues fans would not even want, and Freddie King's "Christmas Tears" is another relative rarity that's a nearly classic representation of King at his finest, complete with his Texas-style slashing guitar licks. This is a smartly chosen and well-sequenced collection that any blues lover -- and some new to the genre -- will enjoy every holiday season.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731455622423
  • Catalog Number: 000023202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Merry Christmas, Baby - B.B. King (3:55)
  2. 2 Santa's Messin' With the Kid (3:21)
  3. 3 Jingle Bell Jamboree (3:08)
  4. 4 Please Come Home for Christmas - Charles Brown (3:19)
  5. 5 Five Pound Box of Money - Michelle Willson (3:57)
  6. 6 Christmas Time, Pt. 1 (5:25)
  7. 7 Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus - William Clarke (4:33)
  8. 8 Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' (3:51)
  9. 9 Christmas Tears - Freddie King (2:46)
  10. 10 Christmas Blues (2:34)
  11. 11 Santa Claus - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:45)
  12. 12 Merry, Merry Christmas (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica, Vocals
Charles Brown Piano, Vocals
Eddie C. Campbell Guitar, Vocals
William Clarke Harmonica, Vocals
Freddie King Guitar, Vocals
Koko Taylor Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Larry Taylor Bass
Sonny Thompson Piano
Henry Vestine Guitar
Frank Alexander Drums
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Laval Belle Drums
Fred Below Drums
Gaylord Birch Drums
Sylvester Boines Bass
James Bolden Trumpet
Randy Bramwell Bass
Danny Caron Guitar
Tony Coleman Tambourine
Ken Cook Piano
Ruth Davies Bass
Lester Dorsie Drums
Mike Doster Bass
Calep Emphrey Drums
Tommy Eyre Keyboards
Barry Fleisher Baritone Saxophone
Bob Hite Harmonica, Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Doug James Saxophone
Criss Johnson Guitar
Fred Jordan Guitar
Fred Kaplan Piano
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Albert King Guitar, Vocals
Walter King Alto Saxophone
Calvin Louden Guitar
Matt McCabe Piano
Flaco Medina Bass
Jerry Murphy Bass
Bob Newham Drums
Philip Paul Drums
Jeremiah Riley Organ
Scott Shetler Saxophone, Soloist
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone
Otis Spann Piano
James Toney Piano
Luther Tucker Guitar
Greg Verginio Guitar
Leon Warren Guitar
Bill Willis Bass
Michelle Willson Vocals
Adolfo de la Parra Drums
Andrew Clark Alto Saxophone
Jeffery McAllister Drums
Steve Brown Drums
John Packer Bass
Joe Craig Jones Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Eddie C. Campbell Composer
William Clarke Composer, Producer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Koko Taylor Composer, Producer
Pearl Bailey Composer
Duke Robillard Producer
Page Cavanaugh Composer
Henry Vestine Composer
Michael Abene Producer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Bob Hite Composer
Bruce Iglauer Producer
Criss Johnson Producer
Ron Levy Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
John Porter Producer
Gene Redd Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Jack Smalley Composer
Skip Taylor Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Adolfo de la Parra Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Alan Wilson Composer
Erick Labson Mastering
Lou Baxter Composer
Sam Thompson Composer
Kevin Moore Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
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