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Yule Be Miserable

Yule Be Miserable Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Christmas BluesRamsey Lewis Trio 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? (Single Version)The Commanders 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Santa Claus Got Stuck (In My Chimney)Ella Fitzgerald 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Blue ChristmasBilly Eckstine 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. My Birthday Comes On Christmas (Album Version)Spike Jones 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Merry Christmas BabyB. B. King 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Please Come Home For ChristmasAaron Neville 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stormy Blues (Single Version)Billie Holiday 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Good Morning BluesCount Basie & His Orchestra 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Baby It's Cold OutsideLouis Jordan 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nuttin' For Christmas (Album Version)Spike Jones 1:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Christmas BluesEric Reed 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000CDUIA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Yuletide washes in the many moods of the season and Yule Be Miserable makes a great attempt at capturing those darker holiday sentiments that come with the holly and the ivy. Still, the title's slightly misleading--even with its cool liner notes by comic book icon Harvey "American Splendor" Pekar. While some of these blues tunes (like the renowned Billie Holiday's "Stormy Blues" and Spike Jones' whiney "My Birthday Comes on Christmas") are decidedly down and out, the performances generally will knock off those stockings hung with care. For every tune like Aaron Neville's pleading "Please Come Home for Christmas" or Billy Eckstine's "Blue Christmas," there's more light-hearted fare such as Louie Armstrong's inimitable "'Zat You, Santa Claus?," the two spirited tracks from Ella Fitzgerald ("Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney," "Baby, It's Cold Outside"), and B.B. King's torn-up "Merry Christmas, Baby." Misery this bad never sounded so good. --Martin Keller

Product Description

(2003/VERVE) 12 tracks 1937-1994Medium 1
  1. Christmas Blues - LEWIS, Ramsey
  2. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - ARMSTRONG, Louis
  3. Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney - FITZGERALD, Ella
  4. Blue Christmas - ECKSTINE, Billy
  5. My Birthday Comes On Christmas - JONES, Spike
  6. Merry Christmas - KING, B.B.
  7. Please Come Home For Christmas - NEVILLE, Aaron
  8. Stormy Blues - HOLIDAY, Billie
  9. Good Morning Blues - BASIE, COUNT
  10. Baby, It's Cold Outside - FITZGERALD, Ella
  11. Nuttin' For Christmas - JONES, Spike
  12. Christmas Blues - REED, Eric

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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm only gettin' half of what I oughta. December 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD is supposed to feature unhappy Christmas songs. But in reality, not very many of these songs are particularly mournful. But most of the songs are good, with the exception of Spike Jones' awful version of "Nuttin' For Christmas" (sung by a group of kids). But what is Billie Holiday's "Stormy Blues" doing here, which, although it fits the "miserable" concept, doesn't have anything to do with Christmas? It's also strange that they included two versions of the instrumental "Christmas Blues", although both versions are good. This is a decent CD, but it could have been much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat blue, somewhat not... December 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? There's a lot of fine jazz, blues, etc...
My favorite track is probably Basie-Rushing; although B B King is not far behind and Armstrong ("'Zat You Santa Clause?")is at least entertaining and swinging.

Also, I must admit I like that strange childish Spike Jones humour on "My Birthday Comes on Christmas" ( a gradndaddy of "Jew on Christmas" song from "South Park") and "Nuttin' for Christmas"...

However, the concept of the album is not really worked through and Harvey Pekar's liner notes are hardly enlightning...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair December 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The title probably is the best thing about this collection, although there are some decent cuts here that I haven't been able to find other places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music December 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Though the title is slightly misleading and this isn't a collection of music that has you considering ending it all, it's good music that's fun to listen to and enjoy.

The title cracks me up, I just wish that it was used for some down and out Holiday music.
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