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CHARLES BROWN Bullseye Blues 9561 Cool Christmas Blues ● CD $10.98
The smoothest bluesy Christmas - with Clifford Solomon, Johnny Otis, Bobby Forte & others.
CHARLES BROWN: A Song For Christmas/ Blue Holiday/ Bringing In A Brand New Year/ Christmas Comes But Once A Year/ Christmas In Heaven/ Merry Christmas Baby/ Please Come Home For Christmas/ Santa's Blues/ Silent Night/ Stay With Me/ To Someone That I Love

JOHN FAHEY Burnside 4 The John Fahey Christmas Album ● CD $15.98
Reissue of 1994 album by the guitar master featuring John's unique renditions of old Christmas favorites along with traditional Christmas songs from around the world with accompaniments on cello, flutes and piano - Jingle Bells/ Silent Night/ Irish Medley/ Santisima/ O' Come Little Children/ The Little Drummer Boy/ Spanish Carol/ Christ Is Born As Child Of Man, etc.

BILL HALEY & FRIENDS Hydra 27109 Vol. 1 - Merry Christmas ● CD $19.98
A collection of 18 tracks featuring Bill Haley, his bands and associates on a collection of Christmas. The material ranges from Haley & The Saddlemen from 1951 doing I Don't Want To Be Alone For Christmas and A Year Ago This Christmas to The Comets recorded in Germany in 1997 doing Jingle Bell Rock and Blue Christmas. There's also tracks by Haley & The Comets, Joey Welz, Jack Howardd, Rusty Wellington and others. Comes with 28 page extensively illustrated and annotated booklet.

MAHALIA JACKSON Columbia CK 9727 Christmas With Mahalia ● CD $7.98
Includes Mahalia's mighty versions of Silver Bells/ Do You Hear What I Hear/ It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/ White Christmas/ O Holy Night/ The First Noel, and 4 more.

YANN-FANCH KEMENER & ALDO RIPOCHE Buda 7745 Noel En Bretagne - Christmas In Brittany ● CD $10.98
A lovely collection of traditional Breton Christmas songs and carols performed by leading Breton singer Yann-Fanch Kemener accompanied by Aldo Ripoche on cello and vielle with occasional added accompaniments on flute and theorbe.

PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES Relic 7043 Sleigh Bells, Jingle Bells & Bluebelles ● CD $14.98
16 tracks including White Christmas/ Blue Christmas/ Winter Wonderland/ Oh Holy Night/ The First Noel/ O Come All ye Faithful/ Silent/ I Believe etc.
PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLS: 0 Come All Ye Faithful/ Auld Lang Syne/ Blue Christhas/ Hark The Herald Angels Sing/ I Believe/ It Came Upon A M1dnight Clear/ Jingle Bells/ O Little Town Of Bethlehem/ Oh Holy Night/ Santa Claus Is Coming Town/ Silent Night/ The First Noel/ White Christmas/ Wihat Are You Doing New Years Eve/ Winter Wonderland/ You'll Never Walk Alone

JIMMY MCGRIFF Collectables 5747 Christmas With Jimmy McGriff ● CD $6.98
Jimmy and his organ treat us to a jazzy, funky Christmas with a couple of originals and hip versions of old chestnuts like White Christmas/ Winter Wonderland/ Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, etc

RUDY RAY MOORE Norton CED 292 This Ain't No White Christmas ● CD $14.98
Dolemite's X-rated Christmas album featuring one song (Merry Christmas Baby) and a bunch of very raunchy comedy routines. This ia reissue of Rudy's 1971 LP with two bonus tracks and a booklet with notes and unpublished photos.

JOHN PRINE Oh Boy 011 A John Prine Christmas ● CD $14.98
8 tracks, 33 min., recommended
Why debate the existence of Santa when you could be listening to Prine's mini-album of Xmas tunes? He opens with new versions of Everything Is Cool/ All The Best, the latter recorded live. They're sort of Xmasy. So's Silent Night All Day Long/ If you Were The Woman And I Was The Man, a duet with the Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. All right, the last one isn't really a Xmas song, but give the guy a break. Best thing is the solo take of Christmas In Prison, and for purists he's included Silver Bells/ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. (JC)

HANK SNOW Bear Family BCD 16980 Snow On Christmas ● CD $24.98
With a name like Snow, how can you not do a Christmas album? This CD reissues Hank's 1967 album "Christmas With Hank Snow" plus tracks drawn from singles, LPs and rare radio transcriptions In digipac with 32 page booklet. Includes White Christmas/ Little Stranger (In A Manger)/ C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S/ The Reindeer Boogie (two versions)/ Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer/ Christmas Roses/ Blue Christmas (2 versions), etc.

RALPH STANLEY Freeland 639 Christmas Time With Ralph Stanley ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, 31 mins, recommended
Some lovely Christmas bluegrass music from Ralph and the gang (Ernie Thacker, Junior Blankenshipm Jack Cooke, Curly Ray Cline, Art Stamper & Shelton Faezell) recorded in 1993. New and old favorites like I'm Going Home, It's Christmas Time/ Christmas Praise/ Christmas Time's A Comin'/ The Christmas Spirit and others. Included is a spine chilling acapella version of the exquisite Bright Morning Star which is, alone, worth the price of the album. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHM 1128 Rhythm & Blues Christmas ● CD $13.98
Celebrate Christmas the Ace way with their first seasonal collection featuring 20 great rhythm & blues sides including nine new to CD and three previously unissued - B.B. King, Riff Ruffin, Bobby Nunn, The Deboniares, Jesse Belvin, Lowell Fulson, The Nic Nacs, Smokey Hogg, Sylvester Cotton, Oscar McLollie and more.
JESSE BELVIN: I Want You With Me At Christmas/ HADDA BROOKS: White Christmas/ SYLVESTER COTTON: Christmas Blues/ THE DEBONAIRES: Christmas Time/ Crazy Santa Claus/ LOWELL FULSON: I Wanna Spend Christmas With You Part 1/ I Wanna Spend Christmas With You Part 2/ SMOKEY HOGG: My Christmas Baby/ MARI JONES & JOHNNY MOORE ORCH: Merry Christmas Baby/ B.B. KING: Christmas Celebration/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Merry Christmas/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus/ God Gave Us Xmas/ THE NIC NACS: Gonna Have A Merry Christmas/ BOBBY NUNN: Christmas Bells/ RIFF RUFFIN: Xmas Baby/ UNKNOWN: White-Hot Christmas/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby/ Santa Claus Boogie/ SMOKEY WILSON: Christmas

VARIOUS ARTISTS Alligator 9201 The Alligator Christmas Collection ● CD $11.98
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.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family 16718 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer ● CD $24.98
Are you having trouble getting rid of that persistent Christmas guest who just won't leave? Well this disc might do the trick - yes folks - here we have 25 different versions of the perennial favorite Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer plus five other songs about that deer with the shiny nose. Among the 25 are Gene Autry, Montana Slim, Dean Martin, Ray Conniff, Hank Locklin, Lynn Anderson, The Cadillacs, Fats Domino, The Chipmunks and so many more. We also get Rudolf, das kleine Rentier by John Hendrick, Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry, Randolph, The Flat Nosed Reindeer and others. Includes booklet with the full story of the song and a cartoon by famous German cartoonist Ole Konnecke.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectors' Choice 412 Swinging Songs For Santa ● CD $24.98
A big band and pop music Christmas celebration drawn from 40s radio transcriptions. Two CDs with 36 tracks including The Rhythmaires, Dorothy Colins, Tommy Dorsey, The Fontane Sisters, Al Jolson, Jan Garber Orchestra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, Les Brown & His Band Of Renown, Dick Haymes, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
HARRY BABBITT: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?/ JAY BLACKTON CHORUS: Christmas Medley #1/ Christmas Medley #2/ LES BROWN & HIS BAND OF RENOWN: Swingin' The Nutcracker Suite/ ROSEMARY CLOONEY: Here Comes Santa Claus/ Littlest Angel/ DOROTHY COLLINS: Send Me Your Love For Christmas/ BING CROSBY: The Little Drummer Boy/ We Wish You A Merry Christmas/ BOB CROSBY: The Skater's Waltz (in Swingtime)/ TOMMY DORSEY: March Of The Toys/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Silver Bells/ White Christmas/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ JAN GARBER ORCHESTRA: Blue Christmas/ Frosty The Snowman/ Sleighride/ DICK HAYMES: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!/ SKITCH HENDERSON: Jingle Bells/ LARRY HOOPER: High On A House Top/ BOB HOPE: Silver Bells/ AL JOLSON: White Christmas/ THE KINGSMEN: T'was The Night Before Christmas/ PEGGY LEE: The Christmas Song/ GUY LOMBARDO: Christmas Medley #4/ THE MELLO-MEN: Look Out The Window/ JOHNNY MERCER: Frosty The Snowman/ GLENN MILLER: Jingle Bells/ MAJOR GLENN MILLER AAF BAND: Christmas Medley #3/ THE PENNSYLVANIANS: Music Of Tradition/ THE RHYTHMAIRES: Adeste Fideles/ THE SATISFIERS: Winter Wonderland/ ARTIE SHAW & HIS ORCHESTRA: When Winter Comes/ KAY STARR: December/ JOHN SCOTT TROTTER: Toy Trumpet/ MARGARET WHITING: It's Christmas Time Again

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4501 Have A Boogie Christmas Rock & Roll ● CD $16.98
Fine collection of 29 Christmas songs - mostly rockabilly and rock 'n' roll from the 50s plus some piano boogie, country, bluegrass and, out of left field, the pre war black group The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers with the great Christ Was Born On A Christmas Morn. The opening track by Ricky Godfrew and Rudy Blue sounds like a recent recordings but most of the rest is from the 50s and 60s and most of them are making their first appearance on a Christmas themed anthology.
PAUL BAIN: Santa Claus Boogie/ BIG BUD: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ Snow Man Rock/ JERRY CLAYTON: Santa Claus/ COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn/ TED DAIGLE: New Baby For Christmas/ THE FABULOUS: Thunderbirds-Rockin Winter Wonderland/ LITTLE JOEY FARR: Rock & Roll Santa/ RICKY GODFREW & RUDG BLUE: Shoes-Boogie Woogie Christmas/ THE JACKSON TRIO: Jingle Bell Hop/ CAROLYN KAG & GRAND PAREES: A Christmas Halo/ BIG TINY LITTLE: Silver Bells/ Ting's Christmas Medley/ GORDON MACMILLAN & DIPLOMAT TRIO: Jingle Bells Boogie/ SAMMY MARSHALL: Jingle Mint Twist/ SONNY MOORE: Santa's Lil Helper/ LITTLE BOBBY RAG: Rockin J Bells/ RUSTY RICHMOND: Santa's Here To Stay/ THE ROBIN SISTERS: Chimney Top Twist/ Santa's Little Workshop/ SHOO & THE RAINDROPS: Jingle Bell Stomp/ GERRY STEADMAN & THE ENCHANTED MOUNTAIN BOGS: Holiday Rock/ ROY TAN & COMBO: Happy New Year/ THE UNIGUES: Rock 'N' Rudolph/ UNKNOWN BAND: December Rock (Take3)/ THE VEL-MARS: Jingle Bell's/ MICHAEL T. WALL: Rock Around The Christmas Tree/ Rockin Santa Claus/ NELSON YOUNG: Christmas Time Is Near

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 9718 A Soulful Christmas ● CD $10.98
An R&B and soul Christmas with 20 songs including This Christmas by Donny Hathaway, White Christmas by Otis Redding, What Do The LOnely Do At Christmas by The Emotions, White Christmas by Baby Washington, The Mistletoe And Me by Isaac hayes plus sides by The Manhattans, The Drifters, Jerry Butler, The Orioles and more.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dipper 213 The Ultimate Group Harmony Christmas Collection ● CD $17.98
25 track collection of sides - mostly from the 50s with a few earlier and a few later.
THE CADILLACS: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer/ THE CAMEOS: Merry Christmas/ THE CHANACLAIRS: Yuletide Love/ THE COOLBREEZERS: Let Christmas Ring/ THE FALCONS: Can This Be Christmas/ THE FIVE KEYS: Every Heart Is Home At Christmas/ It's Christmas Time/ THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: White Christmas/ THE HEPSTERS: Rockin N Rollin With Santa Claus/ SKIP JACKSON & THE SHANTONS: The Christmas Song/ JOEL & THE DYMENSIONS: All I Want For Christmas Is You/ THE LARKS: All I Want For Christmas/ MARVIN & THE CHIRPS: I'll Miss You This Christmas/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ THE ORIOLES: O Holy Night/ THE PENGUINS: A Christmas Prayer/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS: I'll Be Home For Christmas/ THE POETS: Merry Christmas Baby/ THE RAVENS: Silent Night/ SIR JABLONSKI: Merry Christmas Day/ THE VALENTINES: Christmas Prayer/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby/ KENNY WILLIAMS & GROUP: Old Fashion Christmas/ JACKIE WILSON & THE DOMINOES: Christmas In Heaven/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document 32-20-9 Blues, Blues, Christmas ● CD $19.98
Two CDs with 52 blues and gospel songs about Christmas from the 20s through the early 50s. A mixture of familiar titles along with some obscurities items. Includes Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, Ralph Willis, Willie Blackwell (certainly the weirdest ever blues title Junior's A Jap Girl's Christmas For His Santa Claus!), Cecil Gant, Lonnie Johnson, Harmon Ray, Rev. Edward Clayborn, Mary Harris, Kansas City Kitty, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Roy Milton, Elzadie Robinson, Boll Weavil and many more.
BLACK ACE: Christmas Time/ WILLIE BLACKWELL: Junior's A Jap Girl's Christmas For His Santa Claus/ BUMBLE BEE SLIM: Christmas And No Santa Claus/ JIMMY BUTLER: Trim Your Tree/ BUTTERBEANS & SUSIE: Papa Ain't No Santa Claus/ LEROY CARR: Christmas In Jail/ BO CARTER: Santa Claus/ THE CATS & THE FIDDLE: Hep Cat's Holiday/ REV. EDWARD CLAYBORN: The Wrong Way To Celebrate Xmas/ HARRY CRAFTON WITH DOC BAGBY ORCHESTRA: Bring That Cadillac Back/ LARRY DARNELL: Christmas Blues/ WALTER DAVIS: Santa Claus/ FLOYD DIXON: Empty Stocking Blues/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ REV. J.M. GATES: Death Might Be Your Santa Claus/ Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail?/ FELIX GROSS: Love For Christmas/ MARY HARRIS: Happy New Year Blues/ BERTHA “CHIPPIE™ HILL: Christmas Man Blues/ SMOKEY HOGG: New Year's Eve Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Happy New Year/ FRANKIE “HALF PINT™ JAXON: Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Happy New Year Blues/ LONNIE JOHNSON: Happy New Year Darling/ CHARLIE JORDAN: Christmas Christmas Blues/ KANSAS CITY KITTY: Christmas Mornin' Blues/ LEADBELLY: The Christmas Song/ JULIE LEE AND HER BOY FRIENDS: Christmas Spirit/ LITTLE ESTHER & MEL WALKER WITH JOHNNY O: Faraway Christmas Blues/ AMOS MILBURN: Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby/ ROY MILTON SOLID SENDERS: New Year's Resolution Blues/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Christmas Blues/ REV. A. W. NIX: How Will You Spend Christmas/ JOHNNY OTIS ORCHESTRA: Happy New Year, Baby/ SONNY PARKER WITH LIONEL HAMPTON ORCHESTRA: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ HARMON RAY: Xmas Blues/ ELZADIE ROBINSON: The Santa Claus Crave/ SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON: Christmas Boogie/ MABEL SCOTT WITH LES WELCH & HIS ORCHESTRA: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ BESSIE SMITH: At The Christmas Ball/ THE SONS OF HEAVEN: When Was Jesus Born/ VICTORIA SPIVEY: Christmas Morning Blues/ J.B. SUMMERS WITH DOC BAGBY’S ORCHESTRA: I Want A Present For Christmas/ ROOSEVELT SYKES: Let Me Hang My Stocking In Your Christmas Tree/ TAMPA RED: Christmas & New Year's Blues/ TITUS TURNER: Christmas Morning Blues/ JOE TURNER WITH PETE JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Christmas Date Boogie/ BOLL WEAVIL: Christmas Time Blues/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON I: Christmas Morning Blues/ Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues/ RALPH WILLIS: Christmas Blues/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document 32-20-15 Blues, Blues Christmas, Vol. 2 ● CD $19.98
A second collection of blues and gospel songs (plus the occasional doo-wop) around the theme of Christmas and the New Year. It includes quite a few tracks not available on similarly themed collections. Two CDs with 44 tracks from Lloyd Glenn, The Voices, Lowell Fulson, Rev. Charles Watkins, Cecil Gant, Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers, Charley Jordan & Verdi Lee, Chuck Berry, Lester Williams, Fats Waller, Gatemouth Moore, Mary Harris, Casey Bill Weldon, Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers, The Orioles and many more.
THE ALPHABETICAL FOUR: Go Where I Send Thee/ CHUCK BERRY: Merry Christmas Baby/ Run Rudolph, Run/ BLIND BLAKE: Lonesome Christmas Blues/ REV. EMMETT DICKINSON: Christmas What Does It Mean To You/ ELKINS-PAYNE JUBILEE SINGERS: Silent Night Holy Night/ LOWELL FULSON: Christmas Party Shuffle/ Lonesome Christmas (part 1)/ CECIL GANT: It's Christmas Time Again/ LLOYD GLENN: (Christmas) Sleigh Ride/ GUITAR SLIM AND JELLY BELLY: Christmas Time Blues/ LIONAL HAMPTON ORCHESTRA: Merry Christmas Baby/ MARY HARRIS: No Christmas blues/ HEAVENLY GOSPEL SINGERS: When Was Jesus Born/ ANDREW (SMOKEY) HOGG: My Christmas Baby/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Merry Christmas/ LIL SON JACKSON: New Year's Resolution/ BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Christmas Eve Blues/ CHARLEY JORDAN & VERDI LEE: Christmas Tree Blues/ LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD: Merry Xmas/ THE MARSHALL BROTHERS: Mr. Santa Boogie/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE & HIS HONEY JUMPERS: God Gave Us Christmas/ THE MOONGLOWS: Hey Santa Claus/ GATEMOUTH MOORE: Christmas Blues/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS: Merry Christmas Baby/ THE NIC NACS WITH MICKEY CHAMPION: Gonna Have A Merry Xmas/ REV A. W. NIX: Begin A New Life On Christmas Day, Part 1/ THE ORIOLES: Oh Holy Night/ What Are You Doing New Year's Eve/ THE PILGRIM TRAVELLERS: I'll Be Home For Chrismas/ LUCY SMITH JUBILEE SINGERS: Seeking For Me/ There Was No Room At The Hotel/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Silent Night, Holy Night/ When They Ring The Golden Bell/ JESSE 'BABYFACE' THOMAS: Xmas Celebration/ THE VOICES: Santa Claus Baby/ Santa Clause Boogie/ FATS WALLER: Swingin Them Jingle Bells/ REV. CHARLES WATKINS: Christmas Morn'/ LEO WATSON: Jingle Bells/ CASEY BILL WELDON: Christmas Time Blues/ LESTER WILLIAMS: Winter Time Blues/ WINGS OVER JORDAN: Sweet Little Jesus Boy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 02 Where Will You Be Christmas Day? ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended Terrific collection of vintage recordings of Christmas songs featuring recordings made between 1917 and 1959 and featuring a broad spectrum of music and sentiments including blues (Lead Belly, Walter Davis, Bessie Smith, Lightnin' Hopkins, etc.), gospel (Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers, Rev. J.M. Gates, etc), calypso (Lord Executor, Lord Beginner), country (The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Fiddlin' John Carson, etc), jazz (McKinney's Cotton Pickers), American-Italian (Pasquale Feis), sacred harp (Alabama Sacred harp Singers) and more. Excellent sound, attractive packaging and full discographical info adds up to one of the best collections of songs about Christmas out there. (FS)
ALABAMA SACRED HARP SINGERS: Sherburne/ BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE: Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree)/ LEROY CARR: Christmas in Jail (Ain't That a Pain?)/ FIDDLIN' JOHN CARSON AND HIS VIRGINIA REELERS: Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over/ REV. EDWARD W. CLAYBORN (THE GUITAR EVANGELIST): The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas/ COTTON TOP MOUNTAIN SANCTIFIED SINGERS: Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn/ WALTER DAVIS: Santa Claus/ NORMAN EDMONDS: Breaking Up Christmas/ PASQUALE FEIS: Tu Scende Dalle Stelle (Pastorale di Natale)/ REV. J. M. GATES: He Was Born in a Manger/ MARY HARRIS: Happy New Year Blues/ LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: Happy New Year/ PAWLO HUMENIUK: Dance under the Willows (Tanec Pid Werbamy)/ LOS JIBAROS: Décimas de Nacimiento/ KANSAS CITY KITTY: Christmas Morning Blues/ BUELL KAZEE: Lady Gay/ LEAD BELLY: Christmas Is A-Coming/ LORD BEGINNER: Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning/ LORD EXECUTOR: Christmas Is a Joyful Day/ MADDOX BROTHERS AND ROSE: Jingle Bells/ MCKINNEY'S COTTON PICKERS: Gee, Ain't I Good to You/ KELLY PACE, AARON BROWN, JOE GREEN, MATTHEW JO: Holy Babe/ BESSIE SMITH: At the Christmas Ball/ VERA HALL WARD: The Last Month of the Year

VARIOUS ARTISTS Evidence 26118 Blue Xmas - Christmas Blues Instrumentals ● CD $13.98
Originally released in 2001 this CD features 16 Christmas standards given a blues instrumental rendition by various modern blues artists in, sometimes, surprising combinations! Michael Hill, Kim Wilson and Roy Gaines do White Christmas, Joe Louis Walker, Rusty Zinn and Kim Wilson join forces for Blue Xmas, Son Seals and Sugar Blue collaborate on Deck The Halls, Otis Rush and Son Seals work out on We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Tommy Castro and Corey Harris are featured on We Three Kings and so on!

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fabulous 133 Christmas Goes Country ● CD $8.98
25 tracks, 56 mins, recommended
Out of print - very limited stock. Since a whole lot of hit Christmas songs were done by artists usually considered Country, a lot of these will be very familiar to you. Mixed in with the standards are some choice Holiday nuggets that help make the collection worth picking up. You get the big ones like Gene Autry with Here Comes Santa Claus and Frosty The Snowman, Elvis with Blue Christmas/ White Christmas/ Santa Bring My Baby Back Home to Me, and two more, and Bobby Helms with Jingle Bell Rock. It's tracks like The Davis Sisters' Christmas Boogie, Tex Ritter's Christmas Carols By The Old Corral, and Kitty Wells Old Kris Kringle, that are the real gems that will thrill your Xmas revelers. Honorable mentions for Ernest Tubb's I'll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas, and Brenda Lee's I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus. (JM)
GENE AUTRY: Frosty The Snowman/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Christmas Boogie/ BOBBY HELMS: Jingle Bell Rock/ BRENDA LEE: Christy Christmas/ I‘m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus/ BENNY MARTIN: Droopy Little Christmas Tree/ BILL MONROE: Christmas Times A-comin‘/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue Christmas/ Here Comes Santa Claus/ I‘ll Be Home For Christmas/ Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me/ Santa Claus Is Back In Town/ Silent Night/ White Christmas/ GLENDA RAYE: Christmas Candy In July/ TEX RITTER: Christmas Carols By The Old Corrall/ HANK SNOW: Reindeer Boogie/ ERNEST TUBB: I‘ll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas/ KITTY WELLS: Old Kris Kringle/ Santa Claus Is On His Way/ THE WILLS BROTHERS: Jingle Jill And Jangle Joe/ FARON YOUNG: I‘m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You/ O Little Town Of Bethlehem

VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto GT 0343 A Traditional Bluegrass Country Christmas ● CD $5.98
20 Christmas songs performed by Jeannie Seely (O Holy Night/ Hark The Herald Angels Sing/ O Little Town Of Bethlehem + 5 more), Mac Wiseman (Go tell It On The Mountain/ Up On The Houstop/ Silent Night + +5 more) and Wilma Lee Cooper (Away In A Manger/ O Come All Ye Faithful/ Jingle Bells and Deck The Halls.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Mardi Gras 1015 Christmas In New Orleans ● CD $15.98
Xmas tunes New Orleans R&B, jazz and gospel style - Charmaine Neville (Santa Baby+1), Big Al Carson (Night Before CHristmas + 1), Tommy Ridgley (SIlver Bells +1), Milton Batiste (Big Fat Santa Is Coming To Town), The Zion Harmonizers (SIlent Night+1), etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Mistletoe XMS 1001 Ghosts Of Christmas Past ● CD $17.98
Wide ranging collection of 29 Christmas songs including tracks by Dancer Prancer & Nervous, Bob Seger & The Last Heard, Jack Scott, The Five Keys, Suzy Bogguss, Paul & Paula, Millie Small, The Little Kids, Sugar Chile Robinson, Cary Grant (!) and more.
SUZY BOGGUSS: Mr Santa (Mr Sandman) (stereo)/ THE CREW-CUTS: Dance Mr Snowman Dance/ DANCER, PRANCER & NERVOUS: The Happy Reindeer/ ELMO & PATSY: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (stereo) (orig Soundwaves single version/ THE FIVE KEYS: Every Heart Is Home At Christmas/ BENNY GOODMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Jingle Bells/ BARRY GORDON: Santa Claus Looks Just Like Daddy/ CARY GRANT: Christmas Lullaby/ BOBBY HELMS: Captain Santa Claus/ THE JAYNETTES: Snowman Snowman Sweet Potato Nose/ LOUIS JORDAN: Santa Claus, Santa Claus/ EDDIE LAWRENCE: The Merry Old Philospher/ MARK LINDSAY: What Child Is This? (stereo)/ THE LITTLE KIDS: Santa Claus Is Stuck in the Chimney/ BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: The Twelve Days of Christmas (stereo)/ THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS: You Need A Little Christmas (stereo)/ GILBERT O'SULLIVAN: Christmas Song (stereo)/ PAUL & PAULA: Holiday For Teens (stereo)/ GAYLA PEEVEY: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas/ BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT: Monster's Holiday (stereo)/ LOUIS PRIMA: What Will Santa Claus Say?/ GARY PUCKETT: O Holy Night (stereo)/ SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON: Christmas Boogie/ BOBBY RYDELL & CHUBBY CHECKER: Jingle Bells Imitations/ JACK SCOTT: There's Trouble Brewin' (stereo)/ BOB SEGER & THE LAST HEARD: Sock It To Me Santa/ MILLIE SMALL: I've Fallen In Love With A Snowman/ THREE BLONDE MICE: Ringo Bells/ THE YOUNGSTERS: Christmas In Jail

VARIOUS ARTISTS Night Train 7005 Swing Time Christmas ● CD $14.98
16 bluesy Christmas delicacies - 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.
CHARLES BROWN: Merry Christmas Baby/ LOWELL FULSON: Christmas Party Shuffle (instrumental)/ Lonesome Christmas (part 1)/ Lonesome Christmas (part 2)/ CECIL GANT: Hello Santa Claus/ It's Christmas Time Once Again/ LLOYD GLENN: Sleigh Ride (alternate Take)/ Sleigh Ride (instrumental)/ DEXTER GORDON: Jingle Jangle Jump/ PETE JOHNSON: Pete's Holiday Boogie (instrumental)/ JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS WITH FRANKIE ERVIN: Christmas Eve Baby/ Christmas Everyday/ MABEL SCOTT: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus/ JESSE THOMAS: Christmas Celebration/ BIG JOE TURNER: Christmas Date Boogie/ JIMMY WITHERSPOON: How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sony Legacy 759214 A Christmas Gift To You From Phil Spector ● CD $9.98
The classic Phil Spector Xmas album - The Ronettes, Bobb B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Darlene Love and The Crystals - White Christmas/ The Bells Of St. Mary/ Sleigh Ride/ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, etc.


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