(House of Blues)
First Appeared at The Music Box, December 1999, Volume 6, #12
Written by John Metzger
As the final holiday celebration of this century begins to bear down, the urge to listen to some good Christmas music just seems to grow stronger. Letís face it, though ó thereís only so many times you can listen to Nat King Cole, but the problem lies in where to look for something different. Not that there isnít a wealth of material out there. Itís just that the best songs donít ever seem to be in the same place, and most of what you can find is a deluge of horrific renditions by the worst artists that pop music has to offer.
Well then, my friends, look no further than Jingle Blues ó a compilation of songs recorded between 1925 and 1995. Some of the finest moments on the album include Albert Kingís stirring guitar licks over the funky beat of Santa Claus Wants Some Loviní, B.B. Kingís joyous performance of Christmas Celebration, and the slow, slinking groove Louis Jordan gives to Santa Claus, Santa Claus. However, itís really hard to go wrong with a set that also includes twelve additional tracks from masters like John Lee Hooker, Lightniní Hopkins, Bessie Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Sonny Boy Williamson. So this holiday season, stop fretting over the lack of quality Christmas albums, and give Jingle Blues a ring. Ĺ
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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