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

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


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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0731455622423
catalogNumber: 000023202

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   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
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
Lou Baxter   Composer
Sam Thompson   Composer
Kevin Moore   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing

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