A Christmas Celebration Of Hope
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A Christmas Celebration Of Hope

June 26, 2007

Song Title
Please Come Home For Christmas
Lonesome Christmas
Back Door Santa
Christmas In Heaven
I'll Be Home For Christmas
To Someone That I Love
Christmas Celebration
Merry Christmas Baby
Christmas Love
Blue Decorations
Christmas Comes But Once A Year
Bringing In A Brand New Year
Auld Lang Syne

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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 48:15
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,126 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last and well worth the wait!! November 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? It's been a long time comin' but this is one
of the best holiday albums that I have ever heard. There isn't
a bad track on this great cd and many of the songs are
wonderful new tunes for the holiday season. The backup band
could not be better. The piano, the horns, all of the band
is crystal clear and just beautiful. B.B. and his trademark
Gibson electric guitar, Lucille have never sounded better in my opinion and I'm a long-time fan of the man.
Buy this great cd and Happy Holidays!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know what I like. November 14, 2001
By A Customer
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I'll preface this review by saying I am not a professional cd reviewer. I am a B.B. King fan from away back and this latest Christmas CD is a welcome addition to my Holiday favorites. It is excellent not only just for listening; but, also provides good background party music. It has a great feel for getting with your mood. Thanks for bringing out some good new songs along with my favorite oldies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I've only had this CD for a week and it is already one of my favorites. When you think about it, it is amazing that B.B. King hasn't done a Christmas album before this. It was just meant to be. That big, warm, strong voice is the aural equivalent of a blazing fire. It was made for homey, comfortable Christmas songs. At the same time, even past seventy, he's got a sexy edge that makes a song like Clarence Carter's Back Door Santa at least as hot as the original. For me, the highlight is Merry Christmas Baby, a song that just about every blues or r&b singer of the past forty years has recorded (some of them brilliantly). This version would stand up to any of them, and wins my vote as the best ever, and, honestly, is among the toughest, hottest, most soul-drenched things I have ever heard B.B. King do. It there is such a thing as justice, this album is destined to become a classic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good R & B Christmas CD October 31, 2002
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This is not your typical Christmassy Christmas CD. It's definitely blue tinged, a blues Christmas, if you will. There aren't many familiar songs here, and what ones there are such as "Merry Christmas, Baby" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" are nice and fresh arrangements. As for "Auld Lang Syne", well, how many ways are there to play that song?
However, the highlights for me were the great bluesy interpretation of "Please Come Home For Christmas", the playful "Back Door Santa", and the very sentimental rendition of
"Christmas In Heaven".
This is different for B. B. King. There is a more subtle power here than in much of his work, and this will likely put you in a contemplative mood. The blue mood permeates, but isn't depressing. There is, I believe, an attitude of hope expressed here although it's being expressed mostly from a very blue mood. One must remember that this record is to help AIDS victims, and this kind of expression seems very appropriate.
If it were not a Christmas record, I would probably rate it five stars, but because it is and yet doesn't express the Christmas spirit as openly as some records, I consider it a four star CD, but a very strong four stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad BB Christmas November 27, 2001
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I love BB King. He lifts my spirits, elevates my soul, makes me smile, and activates my heart and my foot. That said, this new Xmas album feels as if some producer said, "BB sells. Xmas sells. A surefire combination!" and a tired, disinterested BB reported into the studio for duty.
"A Christmas Celebration of Hope" not only lacks hope, it lacks energy, variety, enthusiasm, and everything wonderful about BB King. Sorry BB.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B.B.'s Seasonal Party December 7, 2012
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~ B.B. King's "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" is a 48-minute collection of good-humored holiday chestnuts. B.B. manages to avoid the core of the Christmas tunes that seem to show up on almost all other Christmas CDs. Yes, there are some familiar songs like "Merry Christmas Baby", but they get a unique treatment by B.B. But mostly these are songs you have not heard before, so in that sense the CD is rather enjoyable. B.B. also mixes his 10 vocal tracks with 3 instrumental tracks to add to the variety. Wisely he plays "Auld Lang Syne" as a funky instrumental instead of singing the lyrics. A few of the tracks are taken at a slow, blues pace but most are medium-to-fact tempo romps. In addition to periodic outbursts from King's guitar Lucille, there is plenty of brass and organ in the funky arrangements. The Nashville String Machine is added to only three tracks, thereby avoiding the tendency of so many producers to make Christmas collections overly sentimental. Several of the tracks point to New Year's Eve partying; indeed the feeling of the entire CD is one of a party rather than a cozy evening sipping eggnog in front of the fireplace.
~ Highly recommended as a change of pace for your Christmas / New Year's Eve listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polished Christmas Blues December 16, 2010
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A nice collection of Christmas (and New Years') tunes, arranged and performed in polished blues style. King's fans will love this, as will anyone who is looking for something a bit different than Bing Crosby, The Carpenters, et al. King remakes an earlier Christmas song (Christmas Celebration), which he originally cut for the Kent label, and which can be found on some budget comps, sometimes titled "Celebrate Christmas."

Mood-wise, King's playing is mostly slow or mid-tempo, so this will mix well with mellower, jazzier things, too. In fact, a nice appendage to this set would be a song done by Chris Cain in the King style - "The Little Drummer Boy Meets B.B."(It originally appeared on Cain's 1999 release, "Christmas Cain - Blues For The Holidays").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the BB King fan!
I really like that this isn't just your traditional christmas songs and it's BB King! Really enjoy this album!! :)
Published 3 months ago by Shannonwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love B.B. King
If you are into God the Blues, and B.B. King this is for you. I love all three so it was a win win for me. Grab it while you still can it might be gone tomorrow.
Published 11 months ago by KAHSR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Album
BB King does a fantastic job of mixing blues and Christmas. I bought ths for my wife who is not a blues fan but rather a great holiday music fan. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James W. Wiehe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic addition to anyone holiday collection
What can be better than B.B. King!? Why B.B. King at the holiday's! Great collection of songs and wonderful for a more mature holiday gathering.
Published on May 23, 2011 by MJK
4.0 out of 5 stars An all time great for Christmas
B.B. King's rendition of Christmas is great to listen to as a change from the regular fare of holiday traditional songs. Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by C. Watson III
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been...
Not as good as it could have been. The down and dirty blues stuff is great but most of the songs are way overproduced.
Published on December 15, 2004 by Stephen Cabral
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-issued
This CD has been re-issued as The Christmas Collection... see the link under Our Customers' Advice. It's the same CD except for one track, it now has Merry Christmas Baby instead... Read more
Published on November 23, 2003 by Patrick Madigan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Celebration of Hope
I love old style blues and B.B. King did a great job on this CD!
Published on December 31, 2002 by Norma
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic B.B.
If you like B.B. King you will love this CD. You'll end up playing this year round not just at Christmas.
Published on February 12, 2002 by rbincc
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas CD no blues fan should be without!
I have been looking for a great Blues Holiday CD for years. This Christmas Santa put this CD in my stocking. I must have been "nice" this year! Leave it to B.B. Read more
Published on January 12, 2002 by Curtis J. George
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