Rounder Christmas Album: Must Be Santa!

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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
Must Be Santa! The Rounder Christmas Album collects holiday tunes from its diverse roster of artists -- many of whom recorded tracks specifically for this compilation. Cuts include "Must Be Santa" by the Brave Combo, "O Holy Night" by Irma Thomas, "Rock & Roll Christmas" by George Thorogood, "Silent Night" by Mary Wells, "I Don't Want You Just for Christmas" by Nathan Zydeco & the Cha Chas, and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Joseph Spence.
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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
Must Be Santa! The Rounder Christmas Album collects holiday tunes from its diverse roster of artists -- many of whom recorded tracks specifically for this compilation. Cuts include "Must Be Santa" by the Brave Combo, "O Holy Night" by Irma Thomas, "Rock & Roll Christmas" by George Thorogood, "Silent Night" by Mary Wells, "I Don't Want You Just for Christmas" by Nathan Zydeco & the Cha Chas, and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Joseph Spence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/1995
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661311824
  • Catalog Number: 613118


Disc 1
  1. 1 What Child Is This? - David Grisman (1:00)
  2. 2 Christmas at the Triple X Ranch - Riders in the Sky (1:32)
  3. 3 Christmas Wish - NRBQ (2:50)
  4. 4 Blue Holiday - Charles Brown (4:35)
  5. 5 Merry Christmas, Baby - Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson (3:44)
  6. 6 Rock & Roll Christmas - George Thorogood (3:25)
  7. 7 Must Be Santa - Brave Combo (2:35)
  8. 8 I Don't Want You Just for Christmas - Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (4:57)
  9. 9 Silent Night - Mary Wells (3:17)
  10. 10 Long, Long Ago - Barry Tashian (2:58)
  11. 11 O Holy Night - Irma Thomas (4:59)
  12. 12 Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon (5:34)
  13. 13 Good King Wenceslas - Mary McCaslin (2:45)
  14. 14 Shut-In at Christmas/Shut-In's Prayer - The Louvin Brothers (3:52)
  15. 15 The Friendly Beasts - The Johnson Mountain Boys (2:06)
  16. 16 The Holly and the Ivy/The Cherry Tree Carol - John Fahey & Terry Robb (2:13)
  17. 17 Precious Child - Tony Trischka (3:34)
  18. 18 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Joseph Spence (2:55)
  19. 19 Auld Lang Syne - Bill Keith (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Brown Piano, Vocals
The Johnson Mountain Boys Track Performer
Tony Rice Guitar
Tony Trischka Banjo, Track Performer
Bill Keith Banjo, Track Performer
The Louvin Brothers Track Performer
Riders in the Sky Track Performer
Joseph Spence Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Al Anderson Guitar
Brave Combo Track Performer
NRBQ Track Performer
Irma Thomas Vocals, Track Performer
George Thorogood Track Performer
Mary Wells Vocals, Track Performer
James King Vocals
Mary McCaslin Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Rooney Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Adams Banjo
Lorraine Duisit Mandolin
John McCutcheon Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas Track Performer
John Fahey Guitar, Track Performer
Kieran Kane Bouzouki
Terry Robb Guitar, Track Performer
Terry Adams Banjo, Keyboards
Tom Ardolino Drums
Larry Atamanuik Percussion
Jeffrey Barnes Organ, Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals
Johnny Batiste Drums
Lawrence Baulden Bass
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Benoit Guitar
Sammy Berfect Piano
Gaylord Birch Drums
Warren Blair Fiddle
Tony Burille Tenor Recorder
Danny Caron Guitar
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Ruth Davies Bass, Acoustic Bass
Ranger Doug Green Guitar, Vocals
Lyn Elder Bass Recorder
Freyda Epstein Violin
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Carl Finch Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Dwight Franklin Hammond Organ
Sax Gordon Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Gordon Bass
Tom Gray Bass
David Grisman Mandolin, Track Performer
Jeremy Harris Drums
Bubba Hernandez Bass, Vocals
Joe Krown Organ, Piano
Howard Levy Harmonica
Ira Louvin Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie Louvin Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Malone Percussion
Mitch Marine Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Bob Matthews Bass
David Wallace McLaughlin Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Buster Paterson Bass, Bass Guitar
Al Perkins Dobro
Kayton Roberts Steel Guitar
Glen Rogers Drums
Neal Rosengarden Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clifford Solomon Tenor Saxophone
Joey Spampinato Bass
Nick Stevens Bass
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Barry & Holly Tashian Acoustic Guitar, Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Tony Banjo
Michael "Spider" Webb Drums
Teddy Wender Keyboards
Marshall Wilborn Bass, Background Vocals
Dennis Paul Williams Guitar
Nathan Williams Accordion, Vocals
Mark Winchester Bass, Upright Bass
Earl Yager Bass
Joanna Young Recorder
Barry Tashian Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Too Slim Bass, Vocals
Woody Paul Fiddle, Vocals
Ranger Doug Guitar, Vocals
Jim Clause Saxophone
Jim Kurzmack Percussion
Debbie Nims Vocal Harmony
Mark "Chuckie" Williams Rubboard
Joanna Bramel Young Alto Recorder
Sonny Holly Guitar
Glenn Rogers Drums
Bobby Matthews Bass
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice Drums
Mark Williams Rubboard
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Arranger
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Tony Trischka Producer
Adolphe Adam Composer
Bill Keith Arranger
Irma Thomas Producer
Mary McCaslin Arranger, Producer
Jim Rooney Producer
Lorraine Duisit Creative Assistance
John McCutcheon Arranger
John Fahey Arranger
Franz Gruber Composer
Terry Robb Producer
Sammy Berfect Arranger
Glenn Berger Mastering
Scott Billington Producer
Gaylord Birch Arranger
Brian Capouch Engineer
Danny Caron Arranger
Todd Cerney Engineer
Ruth Davies Arranger
Freyda Epstein Creative Assistance
David Farrell Engineer
Ronnie Freeland Producer, Engineer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
Dur G. Gessner Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Ralph Gordon Creative Assistance
David Grisman Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Ken Irwin Producer
Samuel Lehmer Engineer
Ron Levy Arranger, Producer
Howard Levy Creative Assistance
Jack Malken Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Craig Miller Contributor
Toby Mountain Mastering
John Nagy Engineer, Remixing
Steve Netsky Producer, Compilation Coordinator
Scott Noll Engineer, Executive Producer
Richard Rosenblatt Engineer, Executive Producer
Neal Rosengarden Arranger
Phil Sawyer Engineer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Clifford Solomon Arranger
Nick Stevens Arranger
Jonathan Wyner Mastering, Digital Compilation
Jack Barr Engineer
Mark Miller Engineer
Staff Mastering
Tom Coyne Mastering
Louisa Hufstader Compilation Coordinator
Phil Sawyer Engineer
Bob Schumaker Engineer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
John Mason Neale Composer
Traditional Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
William Chatterton Dix Composer
Robert Burns Composer
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  • Posted December 16, 2011

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    Christmas Roots Music This Good Isn't Dull

    It's good to see that roots-based record companies like Rounder Records are not only thriving but also proving that rootsy music isn't boring. Anyone who's heard the excellent "The Rounder Records' 40th Anniversary" collection will tell you that. The same could be said about "The Rounder Christmas Album: Must Be Santa!", which features most of the label's familiar artists just before Allison Krauss turned it into a major, Grammy-winning player. Some of these performers are known, such as mandolin player David Grisman doing a touching, albiet all-too-short, version of "What Child Is This?" Following that is a bouncy, old-fashioned Western ditty by Riders In The Sky; the only thing missing from that is a cameo by Gene Autry or Tex Ritter. Some of the performers were in the twilight of their careers, such as Mary Wells, the legendary Motown performer who died of lung cancer, doing an amazingly bluesy version of "Silent Night". Then there's Barry Tashian, who was the lead singer of the promising but doomed 1960's band, The Remains; he's here with his wife, Holly, doing a country tune, "Long, Long Ago". One of the finest songs here is from John McCutcheon, "Christmas In The Trenches", which touches on the true story of a World War I Christmas truce between the British and the Germans and tells the emotional story a lot better than Paul McCartney did with "Pipes Of Peace". And considering that Charles Louvin recently passed away, how about an early radio transcipt of The Louvin Brothers' sadly moving "A Shut-In At Christmas"? Legendary blues pianist Charles Brown is here, too, with "Blue Holiday" as well as a manic polka band called Brave Combo doing a hilarous version of "Must Be Santa!". Probably the most unusual song here is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", performed by a Bahaman musician named Joseph Spence, he sings it as if he was The Tazmanian Devil, grunts and all. If there is a downside to this album, it's the inclusion of George Thorogood's "Rock and Roll Christmas", which he recorded AFTER he left Rounder for EMI. Still, you really can't quibble too much with this collection. Then again, how can you not like a Christmas collection that features the great Stax artist Irma Thomas singing "Oh Holy Night" as if she was an opera singer? You can't say "no" to this stuff.

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