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The 25th Day of December

The Staple SingersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riverside
  • ASIN: B000UZ4G9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Years before their funky Stax hits, this cherished gospel family gave the world a holiday classic with this 1962 set of Christmas songs. Soak in the spirit as they sing Joy to the World; Silent Night; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Go Tell It on the Mountain; The Savior Is Born , and more!

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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The Staple singers burst into the popular conscience with their striking soul-gospel hits for Stax in the 1970s; but the quartet had been singing together in church since the early '50s, and recorded for United and Vee-Jay later in that decade. In the early '60s they moved to the Riverside label, best known for its jazz and folk releases, and stayed until the label folded in 1964. Their second effort for Riverside, 1962's "The 25th Day of December," perfectly combines the Staples' gospel singing with the Christian gospel itself.

Many of the songs here are taken at solemn and mournful tempos, but even in 1962 the Staples brought a funky southern soul to their work. The call-and-response of "The Last Month of the Year" is a perfect opener, with Pops and his children spread between the speakers in true stereo, and Al Duncan's drums providing a light shuffle. Mavis Staple anticipates Aretha Franklin's church-bred soul vocalizing on "The Virgin Mary Had One Son," and the bluesy "Holy Unto the Lord" crosses funky southern roots with early '60s R&B. The album brightens with Maceo Woods' sprightly organ on "Joy to the World" and the lyrical gladness of "Wasn't That a Mighty Day." The closing "Silent Night," drenched in reverb, organ and harmonies is a fitting closer.

This first-ever reissue features the classic Staple quartet (Pops, Mavis, Yvonne and Pervis) in a wonderfully present recording, with the group's powerhouse vocals, accompanied by guitar, organ and drums. Excepting a few moments where the guitar or organ steps forward, the instruments are sparse and serve primarily as cues for the voices. The live sound is a perfect frame for a song list that's built more as a soundtrack to a revival meeting than a collection of Christmas songs plucked from the popular canon. You could equally well sample this disc in your 5-disc CD rotisserie as let it play from beginning to end. This is a real holiday treat! [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, just awesome. . . February 22, 2008
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The 25th Day of December came after Christmas. I decided to listen to it to see if I was going to want to play it this December. It was so good that I played at all day. I know it will be a Christmas favorite. It's a different kind of Christmas album; it is deep, smoky, haunting, lyrical - just beautiful.
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Anyone who is a fan of R&B music of the 1970s/early 1980s will know about the Chicago-based family group calling themselves The Staple Singers (Roebuck "Pop" Staples, daughters Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne and, into 1971 anyway, son Pervis). From early 1971 to late 1985 they registered 25 hits on the national R&B charts (sometimes billed just as The Staples) with 14 cross-overs to various elements of the Pop charts. Mavis also had 9 nationally-charting R&B sides from 1970 to 1991 as a solo artist, including 3 Pop cross-overs, and in 1999 the group was inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame.

In 1962 they first recorded this Christmas album on Riverside 3513, a label first launched back in 1953 by Jazz entrepreneurs Bill Grauer and Orris Keepnews and, upon its re-release in 1973 as Fantasy 9442, it made it to # 11 on the Billboard Xmas album charts containing:

A1. The Last Month Of The Year (2:23); A2. The Virgin Mary Had One Son (2:44); A3. Go Tell It On The Mountain (2:37); A4. Joy To The World (1:44); A5. Holy Unto The Lord (3:21); A6. The Saviour Is Born (2:11); B1. Sweet Little Jesus Boy (3:39); B2. No Room At The Inn (2:50); B3. There Was A Star (2:24); B4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2:02); B5. Wasn't That A Mighty Day? (1:52); B6. Silent Night (2:17).

In addition to Pop on guitar (and featuring two original songs he wrote - Holy Unto The Lord and There Was A Star) it also includes organist Maceo Woods and drummer Al Duncan.

This digitally re-mastered 2007 CD release by Riverside, through The Concord Music Group, contains original sleeve notes written by Keepnews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Christmas September 22, 2012
By Teapot
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If you're here reading reviews about a Staple Singers Christmas album, it's evident you have good taste in music already so what can I say about the Staple Singers that you don't already know? If you're looking for some really good grooves celebrating Christmas in a traditional roots way minus any twinkliness, this is your album. My faves are "No Room at the Inn" and "Wasn't that a mighty day". Come to think of it, it's pretty great to listen to year-round. Now doesn't that speak for itself?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic December 12, 2009
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Just wanted to put in my two cents that this collection of music is tremendous and beautiful.
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