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VA - Blues, Blues Christmas Vol. 2 1926-1958 (2009)

18-12-2013, 18:54
Music | Blues | R&B | Rock | Oldies

VA - Blues, Blues Christmas Vol. 2 1926-1958 (2009)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Blues, Blues Christmas Vol. 2 1926-1958
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Document Records
Genre: Blues, Rock & Roll, R&B
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 61:33+61:19
Total Size: 147+146 Mb
Covers: Front

CD 1:
01 Lloyd Glenn - (Christmas) Sleigh Ride (1:51)
02 Blind Lemon Jefferson - Christmas Eve Blues (2:55)
03 Heavenly Gospel Singers - When Was Jesus Born (3:13)
04 The Voices - Santa Clause Boogie (2:38)
05 Lightnin' Hopkins - Merry Christmas (2:34)
06 The Moonglows - Hey Santa Claus (2:22)
07 Lowell Fulson - Lonesome Christmas, Pt. 1 (2:27)
08 Blind Blake - Lonesome Christmas Blues (3:42)
09 Mickey Champion & The Nic Nacs - Gonna Have A Merry Xmas (2:57)
10 Reverend Charles Watkins - Christmas Morn' (2:44)
11 Jesse Thomas - Xmas Celebration (2:33)
12 Leo Watson - Jingle Bells (2:37)
13 Cecil Grant - It's Christmas Time Again (2:47)
14 The Pilgrim Travellers - I'll Be Home For Chrismas (2:29)
15 Reverend Emmett Dickinson - Christmas, What Does It Mean To You (2:51)
16 Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers - There Was No Room At The Hotel (3:02)
17 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Silent Night, Holy Night (2:36)
18 Lil' Son Jackson - New Year's Resolution (3:03)
19 Charley Jordan & Verdi Lee - Christmas Tree Blues (2:56)
20 Lionel Hampton - Merry Christmas Baby (3:19)
21 Bubber Johnson - It's Christmas Time (3:05)
22 Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run (2:42)

CD 2:
01 Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers - God Gave Us Christmas (3:13)
02 Lowell Fulson - Good Party Shuffle (Christmas Party Shuffle) (2:50)
03 Lester Williams - Winter Time Blues (2:33)
04 The Marshall Brothers - Mr. Santa Boogie (2:29)
05 Wings Over Jordan - Sweet Little Jesus Boy (3:11)
06 Fats Waller - Swingin' Them Jingle Bells (2:59)
07 Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers - Seeking For Me (2:48)
08 Smokey Hogg - My Christmas Baby (2:21)
09 Gatemouth Moore - Christmas Blues (2:50)
10 The Orioles - Oh Holy Night (2:07)
11 Alphabetical Four - Go Where I Send Thee (2:42)
12 Mary Harris - No Chrsitmas Blues (3:03)
13 Little Willie Littlefield - Merry Xmas (2:53)
14 Reverend A.W. Nix - Begin A New Life On Christmas Day, Pt. 1 (3:04)
15 Casey Bill Weldon - Christmas Time Blues (2:39)
16 Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Merry Christmas Baby (2:41)
17 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - When They Ring The Golden Bell (2:29)
18 Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers - Silent Night Holy Night (3:00)
19 Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly - Christmas Time Blues (2:46)
20 The Voices - Santa Claus Baby (2:27)
21 Chuck Berry - Merry Christmas Baby (3:12)
22 The Orioles - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (2:52)

The idea of Christmas themed blues and gospel numbers stretches back to the very dawn of the recorded genres. "Hooray for Christmas" exclaims Bessie Smith to kick off her soon to be classic "At The Christmas Ball" , which inaugurated the Christmas blues tradition when it was recorded in November 1925 for Columbia. A year later, circa December 1926, the gospel Christmas tradition was launched when the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers recorded Silent Night, Holy Night for Paramount Records. After these recordings it was off to the races with numerous Christmas blues numbers recorded by singers of all stripes, a pace that continued as blues evolved into R&B and then rock and roll. For some reason there are far fewer gospel Christmas songs although there were plenty of Christmas sermons in the 1920s and 1930s when recorded sermons rivalled blues in popularity among black audiences.

Going hand in hand with Christmas is quite a number of New Year songs, a good vehicle for juxtaposing the problems of the past year with the glimmer of hope that the upcoming year will bring better fortune. Whether these artists sung these numbers as part of their regular repertoire is unclear but it is almost certainly the case that many of these songs were recorded at the prompting of the record companies. Like any business they were always looking for a new angle or gimmick to sell records and advertised these boldly, often with full-page ads, in black newspapers like the Chicago Defender.

Perhaps you think this is a bit cynical but then you probably still believe in Santa Clause and good will towards men! Well, sit back, tip a glass of holiday cheer and enjoy our survey of Yuletide classics spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, a simpler, more wholesome time!

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