Thursday, December 20, 2012

'Blue Yule' - Various Blues Artists Blues Advocate

Album Review: 'Blue Yule' - Various Blues Artists

Blue Yule is without question one of the hippest collections of rhythm & blues Christmas music ever assembled. The disc boasts the likes of Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker, the gospel-powered Pilgrim Travelers, and Johnny and Edgar Winter, as well as the likes of Detroit Junior's "Christmas Day" and Canned Heat's "Christmas Blues".

Lengthy even by contemporary CD standards, this 18-tracker also includes Charles Brown, Big Jack Johnson, Roy Milton, and the inscrutable Lightnin'' Hopkins wishing you both "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year." But perhaps the set''s greatest gift is also it''s strangest--Sonny Boy Williamson''s "Santa Claus," a rousing midtempo blues-rocker with a biting harp break and weird, funky lyrics about Sonny Boy going through his wife''s drawers.

DISC 1 for Blue Yule (CD) Album By Various Artists
1 Santa's Messin' with the Kid - Eddie Campbell
2 Merry Christmas
3 Christmas Blues - Canned Heat
4 Christmas Time Blues - Roy Milton
5 Christmas Day - Detroit Junior
6 Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown
7 Please Come Home for Christmas - The Insight, Edgar Winter
8 Jingle Bell Boogie - Big Jack Johnson
9 Christmas Time-Pt. 1 - Jimmy McCracklin
10 Santa Claus, Santa Claus - Louis Jordan
11 Santa Claus - Sonny Boy Williamson
12 Merry Christmas Darling - Poppa Hop and His Orchestra
13 Blues for Christmas - John Lee Hooker
14 Happy New Year
15 Christmas Holidays [#] - Texas Pete Mayes
16 Santa Claus Baby - The Voices
17 I Want My Baby for Christmas - Jimmy Liggins
18 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Pilgrim Travelers

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