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Blues, Blues Christmas (1925-1955)

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Disc 1 of 2
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Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn
Artist: Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon
3:32
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Christmas Morning Blues
Artist: Titus Turner
2:38
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Hep Cat's Holiday
Artist: The Cats And The Fiddle
2:38
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Christmas Blues
Artist: Ralph Willis
2:43
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Junior's A Jap Girl's Christmas For His Santa Claus
Artist: Willie Blackwell
5:02
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Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree)
Artist: Butterbeans & Susie
3:20
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Trim Your Tree
Artist: Jimmy Butler
1:56
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Christmas Blues
Artist: Gatemouth Moore
3:00
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Bring That Cadillac Back
Artist: Harry Crafton with Doc Bagby Orchestra
2:45
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Christmas Man Blues
Artist: Bertha "Chippie" Hill
2:56
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Hello Santa Claus
Artist: Cecil Gant
3:00
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Christmas And No Santa Claus
Artist: Bumble Bee Slim
3:11
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Love For Christmas
Artist: Felix Gross
2:42
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Happy New Year Darling
Artist: Lonnie Johnson
2:43
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Christmas & New Year's Blues
Artist: Tampa Red
3:28
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Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby
Artist: Amos Milburn
2:59
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Christmas Spirit
Artist: Julie Lee And Her Boyfriends
2:52
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At The Christmas Ball
Artist: Bessie Smith
3:30
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How Will You Spend Christmas?
Artist: Rev. A.W. Nix
3:27
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Xmas Blues
Artist: Harmon Ray
2:47
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How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)
Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon
3:00
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Christmas Date Boogie
Artist: Joe Turner with Pete Johnson & His Orchestra
2:38
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Christmas Boogie
Artist: Sugar Chile Robinson
2:19
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The Christmas Song
Artist: Lead Belly
2:47
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Happy New Year
Artist: Lighnin' Hopkins
3:18
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The Wrong Way To Celebrate Xmas
Artist: Rev. Edward Clayborn
2:28
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Disc 2 of 2
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Santa Claus
Artist: Bo Carter
3:17
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Christmas Time (Beggin' Santa Claus)
Artist: Black Ace
2:49
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Happy New Year Blues
Artist: Mary Harris
3:13
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Christmas, Christmas Blues
Artist: Charlie Jordan
3:28
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Happy New Year, Baby
Artist: Johnny Otis Orchestra
2:47
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Faraway Christmas Blues
Artist: Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis
3:23
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Christmas Morning Blues
Artist: Sonny Boy Williamson
3:27
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Christmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain)
Artist: Leroy Carr
3:15
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Christmas Mornin' Blues
Artist: Kansas City Kitty
3:19
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Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail?
Artist: Rev. J.M. Gates
2:57
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Death Might Be Your Santa Claus
Artist: Rev. J.M. Gates
3:04
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Happy New Year Blues
Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson
2:58
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New Year's Eve Blues
Artist: Smokey Hogg
2:46
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Christmas Blues
Artist: Larry Darnell
2:57
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When Jesus Was Born
Artist: Sons Of Heaven
2:38
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I Want A Present For Christmas
Artist: J.B. Summers with Doc Bagby's Orchestra
2:33
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Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Artist: Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
2:46
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New Year's Resolution Blues
Artist: Roy Milton Solid Serenaders
2:32
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Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues
Artist: Sonny Boy Williamson II, His Harmonica & Houserockers
2:37
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Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree
Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
2:58
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The Santa Claus Crave
Artist: Elzadie Robinson
3:23
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Santa Claus Blues
Artist: Walter Davis
3:05
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Christmas Morning Blues
Artist: Victoria Spivey
3:30
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Christmas Time Blues
Artist: Boll Weevil
3:09
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Empty Stocking Blues
Artist: Floyd Dixon
3:06
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Boogie-Woogie Santa Claus
Artist: Mabel Scott with Les Welch & His Orchestra
2:14
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 52   Total Length: 155:50

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Blues Yeah

seadiva

Sweet revenge for all the songs and carols played relentlessly until you hate them and the holidays. Along with John Waters' Christmas album this will be all you need.Well and those cha-cha heels too!

They Say All Music Guide

Christmas and the blues might seem at first like a strange combination, given that the music of the holiday season is usually joyful, hopeful, and bright, but no other time of the year is so good at showing you what you don’t have, and what you can’t get, and if you have the blues at Christmas, well, it’s going to be a pretty heavy dose. This generous two-disc set from Document Records features 52 tracks of vintage African-American Christmas-themed blues and gospel pieces (with a couple of street sermons thrown in) recorded between 1925 and 1955, ranging from down-and-out laments and jailhouse moans to surprising (and occasionally risqué) requests for what Santa can bring down the chimney. Highlights on the first disc include the opening track, the joyous “Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn,” recorded in 1925 by comedian and female impersonator Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon; Harry Crafton’s “Bring That Cadillac Back” (a Cadillac might not be the best gift if your girlfriend likes to ramble) from 1947; Tampa Red’s amazing, ringing slide guitar tone on “Christmas and New Year’s Blues” from 1936; and the bizarre, disturbing field recording of “Junior’s a Jap Girl’s Christmas for His Santa Claus,” sung by Willie Blackwell for Alan Lomax in Arkansas in 1942. Other high points include the charming “Christmas Boogie,” recorded in 1950 by piano prodigy (he was only ten years old when this recording was made) Frankie “Sugar Chile” Robinson and the intense, bottled-up street-corner sermon “The Wrong Way to Celebrate Xmas,” recorded by Rev. Edward Clayborn in 1928. The second disc yields even more holiday gems, including the bottleneck guitar attack of Black Ace (Babe Karo Lemon Turner) on 1937′s “Christmas Time Blues (Beggin’ Santa Claus)”; Leroy Carr’s stark and brilliant “Christmas in Jail” from 1929; a breezy, bouncing “When Jesus Was Born” by gospel harmony quartet the Sons of Heaven (who were really the Selah Jubilee Singers doing a little moonlighting — which they did often, also recording as the Jubilators, the Southern Harmonaires, and the Larks) from 1948; and the sparse, stunning “Christmas Time Blues” by the mysterious Boll Weavil (Willie McNeil), also from 1948. A marvelous collection, Blues, Blues Christmas is a refreshing addition to the more standard holiday material that prevails during the season. – Steve Leggett

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