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25th Day of December
     

The 25th Day of December

by The Staple Singers
 
This set is the honest to goodness real deal, an undeniably great Christmas album that not only includes simple but striking arrangements of several holiday classics but also plays and feels very much like an album of tracks that really belong together, and it builds as it goes into a striking and powerful listen. Recorded in 1962 at Universal Studios in Chicago, the

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This set is the honest to goodness real deal, an undeniably great Christmas album that not only includes simple but striking arrangements of several holiday classics but also plays and feels very much like an album of tracks that really belong together, and it builds as it goes into a striking and powerful listen. Recorded in 1962 at Universal Studios in Chicago, the album features the classic Staple Singers lineup of Pops, Mavis, Yvonne, and Pervis Staples on vocals, with Pops doubling on his trademark reverb-drenched guitar alongside Maceo Woods on organ and Al Duncan on drums. The arrangements are simple and natural, leaving plenty of room for the vocals, and versions here of "The Last Month of the Year," "Joy to the World," and Thomas Dorsey's "The Savior Is Born" are nothing short of an easy, natural perfection. Pops' spooky guitar work gives extra atmosphere to the lightly funky "No Room at the Inn" and the gorgeous rendition of "Silent Night" that ends the album. The 25th Day of December is a wonderful outing, and a classic holiday album.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0888072303546
catalogNumber:
30354

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Performance Credits

Staple Singers   Primary Artist
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Guitar,Vocals,Accompaniment
Duncan   Drums,Accompaniment
Gus Johnson   Drums
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Rev. Maceo Woods   Organ,Accompaniment
Pervis Staples   Vocals
Yvonne Staples   Vocals
Cleotha Staples   Vocals

Technical Credits

Franz Gruber   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Mavis Staples   Contributor
Pervis Staples   Contributor
Cleotha Staples   Contributor
David Gorman   Reissue Design
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Nakata   Reissue Design

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