20th Century Masters:Christmas Collection - (Import CD)
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- Regional Collections
- Mono / Stereo
- Copy Control
- Michael Abene; B.B. King
- Best of B.B. King: 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection
Personnel: Leon Warren (guitar); Melvin Jackson (saxophone); Stanley Abernathy, James Bolden (trumpet); James Sells Tony (keyboards); Calep Emphrey (drums); Tony Coleman (tambourine).
Audio Mixers: John Hobrock; John Holbrook; Josiah Gluck.
Liner Note Author: B.B. King.
Recording information: Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA; Sound on Sound; Unique Studios, NY.
Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
Unknown Contributor Role: The Nashville String Machine.
Arranger: B.B. King.
This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 2001 collection A Christmas Celebration of Hope. It took B.B. King a long time to get around to his first Christmas album, which didn't appear until about half a century into his recording career. It's an adequate, good-humored reprisal of various holiday chestnuts, among them some material with blues/R&B origins, like "Merry Christmas Baby." King wrote just one new song for the album, the instrumental "Christmas Love," though he did originally record another of the tracks, "Christmas Celebration," back in 1960. Wisely he plays "Auld Lang Syne" as a funky instrumental instead of vocalizing the singalong lyrics. In addition to periodic bursts of King's trademark guitar, there is plenty of brass and organ in the peppy arrangements. The Nashville String Machine adds its strings to just three tracks, which cuts down on over-produced excess (which is only a problem on "Please Come Home for Christmas"). It's hardly the first King you'll pull off your shelf, and not the first R&B Christmas album you'll turn to, either, but you could do worse in the holiday season. ~ Richie Unterberger
- Country of Origin
- MCA (USA)
- Universal Distribution
- B.B. King
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Please Come Home for Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Lonesome Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Back Door Santa
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Christmas in Heaven
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I'll Be Home for Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] To Someone That I Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Christmas Celebration
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Merry Christmas, Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Christmas Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Blue Decorations
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Christmas Comes But Once a Year
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Bringing in a Brand New Year
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Auld Lang Syne
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Josiah Gluck; Tony Daigle
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