Rhythm & Blues Christmas [Ace]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have generally been more good vintage R&B Christmas recordings made -- or at least Christmas music that's easier for hipsters to take -- than holiday records made in other genres. But while Rhythm & Blues Christmas does concentrate on early R&B, with some blues and soul as well, it's limited in scope to items from catalogs of labels controlled by the company responsible for this CD reissue, Ace Records. As a consequence, the majority is taken from the vaults of the Modern and Combo label, and there's a pronounced tilt toward R&B recorded in Los Angeles. There are a few big names here (B.B. King, Lowell Fulsom, Jesse Belvin) and a couple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have generally been more good vintage R&B Christmas recordings made -- or at least Christmas music that's easier for hipsters to take -- than holiday records made in other genres. But while Rhythm & Blues Christmas does concentrate on early R&B, with some blues and soul as well, it's limited in scope to items from catalogs of labels controlled by the company responsible for this CD reissue, Ace Records. As a consequence, the majority is taken from the vaults of the Modern and Combo label, and there's a pronounced tilt toward R&B recorded in Los Angeles. There are a few big names here (B.B. King, Lowell Fulsom, Jesse Belvin) and a couple lower-tier R&B stars (Little Willie Littlefield, Hadda Brooks), but it's more solid than great, often with the kind of lively but somewhat generic small-combo 1950s-styled R&B sound common to Los Angeles indie labels of the period. There aren't any classics here, even when judged solely against the standards of Christmas R&B tunes. It's OK filler for your holiday party CD rack, however, with some range, spanning jump blues-flavored doo wop (the Voices' "Santa Claus Boogie") and piano ballad blues to electric guitar-dominated arrangements (B.B. King's "Christmas Celebration"), raw country blues (Sylvester Cotton's "Christmas Blues"), and Fulsom's two-part 1967 single "I Wanna Spend Christmas with You." The most memorable track, however, may be one of the least bluesy, that being Hadda Brooks' subdued "White Christmas," with its ethereal organ.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667022224
  • Catalog Number: 1128
  • Sales rank: 164,904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas Celebration - B.B. King (2:39)
  2. 2 Christmas - Smokey Wilson (3:11)
  3. 3 Xmas Baby (2:24)
  4. 4 Merry Christmas Baby - Mari Jones (2:41)
  5. 5 Christmas Bells (2:47)
  6. 6 Santa Claus Baby (2:31)
  7. 7 Christmas Time (2:51)
  8. 8 God Gave Us Christmas - Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers (3:09)
  9. 9 I Want You with Me Xmas - Jesse Belvin (3:39)
  10. 10 I Wanna Spend Christmas with You, Pt. 1 - Lowell Fulson (2:46)
  11. 11 I Wanna Spend Christmas with You, Pt. 2 - Lowell Fulson (2:23)
  12. 12 Merry Xmas (2:56)
  13. 13 Gonna Have a Merry Xmas (3:00)
  14. 14 Crazy Santa Claus (2:28)
  15. 15 My Christmas Baby (2:25)
  16. 16 Christmas Blues (2:57)
  17. 17 White/Hot Christmas (2:48)
  18. 18 Santa Claus Boogie (2:42)
  19. 19 Dig That Crazy Santa Claus - Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers (2:33)
  20. 20 White Christmas (3:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Little Willie Littlefield Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Leon René Composer
William York Composer
Herb Fenstein Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Jake "Vernon" Porter Composer
John Dolphin Composer
Joe Josea Composer
Buddy Farr Composer
Andrew Hogg Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Sylvester Cotton Composer
Tommy Reeves Composer
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