A Christmas Celebration Of Hope

June 26, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 48:15
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  • ASIN: B000WLLAWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,998 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's a fantastic Christmas CD, performed by a blues legend in his prime.
Patrick Madigan
It's been a long time comin' but this is one of the best holiday albums that I have ever heard.
Charles E. Jones Jr.
I bought ths for my wife who is not a blues fan but rather a great holiday music fan.
James W. Wiehe

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Jones Jr. on 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 By A Customer on November 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 By slomamma on December 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 By Neal C. Reynolds VINE VOICE on October 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 By Diane Dormant on November 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitaker on November 30, 2001
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Before we begin let me say just one thing... I love BB King. His relationship with his guitar Lucille is legendary and he has a voice that can tell a complex story with a single word. I've been a fan of his for years and I've seen him in concert dozens of times.
Now that we have that out of the way, this CD is what it is... A collection of holiday related music set to assembly-line white-bread blues. BB King is capable of doing a lot better.
It's not a bad CD, in fact it's better than 99% of the X-Mas collections you'll find but it's not going to make you cry in your beer or jump for joy.
Buy this CD if you like the blues, if you're tired of listening to the same old Christmas songs every year and/or if you're a big fan of BB King... But if you're looking for something to compare with "Live in Cook County Jail" you'll be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By None on December 1, 2001
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If your looking for a change of pace(this is it)Mr. King is just fantastic none of your everyday Christmas song's here, alot of good BLUES THOUGH!Ill say this album is different take for instance "Back door santa"(he sneaks in the back door when hubby leaves the house!)(ha) also thrown in are a few New Years songs so if you like the blues and are just a little tired of "Jingle Bells"this cd is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.R.L. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
~ 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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