25 December 2008

V.A - The Alligator Records Christmas Collection (1992)

1. Merry, Merry Christmas - Koko Taylor
2. Christmas Time in the Country - Kenny Neal
3. I'm Your Santa - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials/The Blues Imperials
4. Deck the Halls With Boogie Woogie - Katie Webster
5. Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus - William Clarke
6. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' - Tinsley Ellis
7. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Charles Brown
8. Lonesome Christmas - Son Seals
9. Christmas on the Bayou - Lonnie Brooks
10. Santa Claus - Little Charlie & The Nightcats
11. Little Drummer Boy, The - Elvin Bishop
12. One Parent Christmas
13. Christmas - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
14. Silent Night - Charlie Musselwhite

This entertaining CD serves a dual purpose, introducing listeners to many of the blues artists who have recorded for Alligator and giving consumers a rare Christmas blues record. The performers include Koko Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Katie Webster (on a rollicking "Deck the Halls With Boogie Woogie"), William Clarke, Tinsley Ellis, Charles Brown ("Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"), Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Elvin Bishop, Saffire, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Charlie Musselwhite. With the exception of Bishop's "The Little Drummer Boy" and Musselwhite's "Silent Night," all of the selections are originals by the artists. Although the musicians all play in the same general genre, this set has enough variety (and good feelings) to hold one's interest throughout. Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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