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Blue Yule

Blue YuleAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: April 17, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Santa's Messin With The Kid - Eddie C. Campbell
2. Merry Christmas - Lightening Hopkins
3. Christmas Blues - Canned Heat
4. Christmas Time Blues - Roy Milton
5. Christmas Day - Detroit Junior
6. Christmas Holidays - Texas Pete Mayes & His Houserockers Blues Band
7. Merry Christmas Baby - Charles Brown & Band
8. Please Come Home For Christmas - The Insight
9. Jingle Bell Boogie - Big Jack Johnson
10. Christmas Time - Pt. I - Jimmy McCracklin
11. Santa Claus, Santa Claus - Louis Jordan
12. Santa Claus Baby - The Voices
13. I Want My Baby For Christmas - Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy
14. Santa Claus - Sonny Boy Williamson
15. Merry Christmas Darling - Poppa Hops & His Orchestra
16. Blues For Christmas - John Lee Hooker
17. I'll Be Home For Christmas - The Pilgrim Travelers
18. Happy New Year - Lightening Hopkins

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Product Description

Includes Santa Claus Baby Voices; Christmas Blues Canned Heat; Merry Christmas Lightnin' Hopkins; Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown & Band, and more.

Blue Yule is without question one of the hippest collections of rhythm & blues Christmas music ever assembled. The disc boasts the likes of Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker, the gospel-powered Pilgrim Travelers, and Johnny and Edgar Winter, as well as the likes of Detroit Junior ("Christmas Day") and Canned Heat ("Christmas Blues"). Lengthy even by contemporary CD standards, this 18-tracker also includes Charles Brown, Big Jack Johnson, Roy Milton, and the inscrutable Lightnin' Hopkins wishing you both "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year." But perhaps the set's greatest gift is also it's strangest--Sonny Boy Williamson's "Santa Claus," a rousing midtempo blues-rocker with a biting harp break and weird, funky lyrics about Sonny Boy going through his wife's drawers. --Martin Keller

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Better Christmas Blues Compilations! May 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I tracked this down during this Christmas season after hearing Canned Heat's "Christmas Baby" on a Heineken commercial of all places. Immediately hooked, I sent off an e-mail asking Heineken for the name of the song and to my surprise, they responded. Searching on Amazon, I found it on this CD and purchased it. What was bought for one song soon became my favorite Christmas compilation complete with Big Jack Johnson, Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. Even the lesser known Poppa Hop and The Pilgrim Travelers make notable contributions on this disc.
A good pick for this upcoming Christmas holiday.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Blue Than Yule!!! December 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, let's see. As I write this review, the date is December 8th, 2004, and it's another two weeks and three days till Christmas finally arrives on the 25th. Since virtually every place in Creation started playing Christmas music on November 1st, you've had 38 days to become thoroughly SICK of the same dozen songs played over and over again from every radio station and retail establishment. Want some relief? How about an album chock-full of great Christmas BLUES music, that truly sounds more like blues that like standard, overplayed holiday ditties? Well, folks, get this CD!! It's nice and long (18 tracks) and only one or two numbers are overly familiar (and one of those, Charles Brown's immortal "Merry Christmas Baby," is usually considered the top Christmas blues recording of all time!) Standouts include Canned Heat (Their song is straightforward blues, not the novelty track they spun with ALvin and the Chipmunks), Detroit Junior with his hard-driving boogie "Christmas Day", the Pilgrim Travelers and their delightful, close-harmony doo-wop gospel classic, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and the always-irrepresible Louis Jordan with "Santa Claus, Santa Claus." There's not a bad number in the bunch, but the pick of this holiday litter must go to Edddie Campbell and his delicious take on the Junior Wells masterpiece, here titled "Santa's Messin' With the Kid". So don't delay! Order today, there's still time to get it rushed to you by Christmas. Do it, and the best yuletide blues and r and b will be home to you, if not by Christmas, then by New Years night.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Score one more for Rhino. This label really does know how to find obscure cuts and bring them into standout various artist collections. The only gripe I could have is this disk sounds a bit monaural in a mix, but I'll still use it--it's fun to mix up a little blues with the typical sugary Christmas sentiment.

What can I say about this collection that has not been said? Just add Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat and the rest of the crew in and you've got a mix that'll make your season funky.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look what Santa did! December 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Blues musicians don't record Christmas songs that often, but Rhino Records managed to find 18 Christmas blues songs for this CD. Charles Brown's definitive recording of "Merry Christmas Baby" is well known, but the rest of the tracks are pretty obscure. There are a lot of good songs here, with my personal favorites being the ones by Eddie C. Campbell and Canned Heat. If you have any interest in the blues, this is the Christmas CD to get.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great break from Christmas schmaltz November 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
if, like me, you make bizarre anthologies of Christmas music, this is a great addition to your library. Raucous and gutsy, a lot of these songs will shake up your celebration and possibly offend the people you want to bother. Some of them belong right alongside my long-time favorite, "Marry Christmas from the Family" by Robert Earl Keen, which is available on Tinsel Tunes, another excellent collection on Sugar Hill (which means it's mostly bluegrass/acoustic).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like blues, this is the Christmas CD for you!!!! November 30, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best X-mas CD I've ever heard. Classic down home blues done with the Christmas season in mind. Santa's Messin' with the Kid and Santa Claus (Sonny Boy Williamson, are the highlights of this compilation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday CD January 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD before. There are quite a few blues christmas albums out there. This is definately one of the better ones. Allot of older blues christmas tunes. If you love the blues, this one's for you
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Album, Track Names Don't Match Proper Songs November 18, 2009
By diyfam
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an enjoyable album but when I ripped this to store on my computer, my disc was messed up. Did this happen to anyone else?

The manufacturer, Rhino, and Amazon need to note that the tracks play songs that don't match their titles. When you listen to samples on Amazon, for example, it plays "Please Come Home for Christmas" on the one that says "Jingle Bell Boogie," etc.

It took me quite some time tonight (3 hours) to figure this all out. I deserve a credit for a free CD or something, what a pain!

Here are the corrections:

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" should be "Happy New Year"
"Happy New Year" should be "Santa Claus"
"Santa Claus" should be "Santa Claus, Santa Claus"
"Santa Claus, Santa Claus" should be "Christmas Time Pt.1"
"Christmas Time Pt.1" should be "Jingle Bell Boogie"
"Jingle Bell Boogie" should be "Please Come Home for Christmas"
"Please Come Home for Christmas" should be "Merry Christmas, Baby"
"Merry Christmas, Baby" should be "Christmas Holidays"
"Christmas Holidays" should be "Merry Christmas Darling"
"Merry Christmas Darling" should be "Santa Claus, Baby"
"Santa Claus Baby" shoulde be "Blues For Christmas"
"Blues For Christmas" should be "I Want My Baby For Christmas"
"I Want My Baby For Christmas" should be "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

If I am not a very unique case, I am surprised no one else noticed this??? A the very least the order plays wrong on Amazon's listening sampler.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I was tired of the same old Christmas Carols and this fits the bill
Published 3 months ago by Bones
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in a different sound
Great music!!!! I just wonder how many of these hep cats are still around and does ANY money from the cd company go to their
families,etc etc... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jimbobbobarino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you are into blues guitar during the holiday season then give this a listen. I've heard these as singles on other releases but many of the other songs I had not. Worth a try.
Published 10 months ago by W. Starkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Music for Blues Fans!
I'm a fan of real blues, and this is [of the two I've found] my favorite holiday blues album. I have listened to it over and over, but it never gets old.
Published 10 months ago by Nora
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it !
Blue Yule is my new go-to for the first Christmas CD to start off the Christmas Season..just played it for the first time..hitting play again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by yet another Debbie in California
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Xmas
Great comp!
Older blues cuts. Not your everyday run of the mill xmas songs.
Couldn't find on iTunes.
Well worth the pennies.
Published 11 months ago by neongroves
5.0 out of 5 stars i cannot like this CD anymore than i already do
This is one of my top 5 Christmas albums of all time. The songs invoke the feelings of the season, and i cannot WAIT til' Thanksgiving Day to put this CD on while cooking our... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joeleaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Christmas Blues History!
I play this Over and over every Christmas. Great collection of Chritmas music for the blues fan on your Christmas list!
Published 20 months ago by mrgoodbuy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
This should be in everyone's Xmas collection! Even though it is "blues", it is upbeat and fun--not depressing at all. ENJOY!
Published 21 months ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Christmas music
I appreciate most types of music, but generally lean toward Blues, 70's rock, classical, and believe it or not- Crooners; Frank, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Roy- just to name a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by tammy
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