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Various Artists Collections -  Christmas Songs

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Moon BMCD 5003 Blue Christmas ● CD $18.98
26 tracks of bluesy Christmas cheer including White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, I Want My Baby For Christmas by Jimmy Liggins, Best Wishes by Lowell Fulson, Christmas Date Blues by Big Joe Turner, Hey Santa Claus by The Moonglows, Christmas Spirit by Julia Lee and more from "Sugar Chile" Robinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Pilgrim Travelers, Charles Brown, Mabel Scott and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Electro-Fi 3376 Santa's Got A Mojo ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 55 minutes, excellent
An arresting selection of Yuletide blues from a bevy of talent. Instead of the usual fare of overcooked traditional holiday material, most of these are newly written and superb. Mel Brown's Don't Plan No Party This Christmas features gritty guitar and great vocals, Snooky Pryor's Check It Out, Santa smolders with rich harp blasts, and Mark Hummel's Thank You, Santa Claus is in the alley, as is Willie "Big Eyes" Smith for One Day Till Christmas, sounding incredibly good on vocals for a change. Jack de Keyzer's The Twelve Blue Days of Christmas features smoldering guitar even if his vocals are a little weak and over-the-edge. (CR)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Rhino 70568 Blue Yule ● CD $12.98
Christmas Blues - Eddie C. Campbell, Roy Milton, Big Jack Johnson, Poppa Hop, Jimmy Liggins, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto KCD 5018 Merry Christmas Baby ● CD $8.98
15 sides by Charles Brown, Mabel Scott, Johnny Moore's Blazers, Freddy King, Lowell Fulson, Lloyd Glenn, Jimmy Witherspoon, etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7005 Swing Time Christmas ● CD $14.98
16 bluesy Christmas delicaies - mostly from the Swing Time label - Jimmy Witherspoon, Lloyd Glenn, Mable Scott, Jesse Thomas, Big Joe Turner, Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers, Lowell Fulson, Charles Brown and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 9201 The Alligator Christmas Collection ● CD $14.98
Have a bluesy Christmas with the 'gators including Merry, Merry Christmas by Koko Taylor, I'm Your Santa by Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus by William Clarke, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Charles Brown, Christmas On The Bayou by Lonnie Brooks, Deck The Halls With Boogie Woogie by Katie Webster and more by Elvin Bishop, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Kenny Neal, Tinsley Ellis, Son Seals and others.

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