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Genuine Houserockin Christmas

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Have You Heard The News? - TAYLOR, Koko
Christmas Train - BELL, Carey
Christmas Snow - BURKS, Michael
Christmas Time - LIL'ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS
Stay A Little Longer, Santa - COPELAND, Shemekia
Back Door Santa - HOLMES BROTHERS
Christmas Party - CLARK, W.C.
Zydeco Christmas - CHENIER, C.J.
Christmas Day Blues - CHEPAS, John & PHIL WIGGINS
Christmas Fais Do Do - BALL, Marcia
Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues? - ROOMFUL OF BLUES
Really Been Good This Year - SAFFIRE
All I Want For Christmas - BROOKS, Lonnie
A Bluesman's Christmas - MONTOYA, Coco
It's Christmas Time Again - LITTLE CHARLIE & THE NIGHTCATS
Fattening Up The Turkey - HOLE, Dave
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000AYLJB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like the blues, look at this lineup of artists. There are no bad songs on this 59 minute CD. "Genuine Houserockin' Christmas" is one of the best CD's I've heard for a long time. It's worth more than 5 stars, that's for sure. I know I'll play this one year around. Koko Taylor is awesome. For Zydeco fans, there is even "Zydeco Christmas". Lonnie Brooks is fantastic. I think my favorite is "A Bluesman's Christmas", a song about a bluesman who is on the road and can't be home. I would say a couple songs are not what you'd play for your fiance's parents when they came to visit. Great party music.
Did you ever had the experience of buying a CD by your favorite artist and find out that they've switched their style to a traditional Christmas style? These artists are playing the kind of music they play best... THE BLUES!
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... then your guests are either Chamber Music enthusiasts ... or they're dead.

Here are 16 tunes performed by artists currently employed by Alligator Records, an independent blues label started up in Chicago in 1971 by one Bruce Iglauer, who began what is now one of the top indie operations on a shoe-strong in 1971. Over the years he has gathered together some of the best contemporary blues artists on the planet, and in this 2003 release they lend their talents to one of the liveliest Christmas-themed albums currently available.

Leading off with her own Have You Heard The News? is the Queen Of The Blues, Ko Ko Taylor (born Cora Walton on September 28, 1935 in Memphis), delivered with her patented rough and powerful voice. She's followed by Carey Bell (born Carey Bell Harrington on November 14, 1936 in Macon, Mississippi) performing his own composition as well, Christmas Train. In addition to the vocals, Carey blows a mean harmonica in the Chicago Blues style he was so famous for before tragically passing away on May 6, 2007. Arkansas-born guitarist/vocalist Michael Burks, a W.C. Handy Award nominee for Best New Artist in 2000, does a nice job on Christmas Snow, while Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials give us a driving rendition of Christmas Time. Born in Chicago on April 4, 1955, vocalist/slide guitarist Ed Williams co-wrote the tune with his bassist James "Pookie" Young and Iglauer.

Next up are Shemekia Copeland (born in New York City on April 10, 1979 and the daughter of vocalist/blues guitarist Johnny Copeland) with her sultry Stay A Little Longer, Santa which she wrote in conjunction with several others, and The Holmes Brothers from Tidewater, Virginia doing the Clarence Carter classic Back Door Santa.
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When you have had your fill of the local radio station fare, and when you grow tired of the Time Life classic collection, pull out the Genuine House-rockin' Christmas disc for an evening of blues-inspired holiday fun! This is not the first collection you will want to pull out to get you in the Christmas mood as the jingle bells of tradition are replaced with the accordion and fiddle of a hopping Zydeco party, but it sure is a great change of pace during the holidays that gets better with repeated play. While I still enjoy the classics that I grew up with (including Ray Conniff and Mitch Miller...), this is one of the discs I pull out when I want to take a break from the cocoa in front of the fire and want to put my dancing shoes on. It is great for Christmas parties, and many friends have heard it and gone on to get it for themselves. So if you are wondering if it is your cup of tea, take a listen to the sample tracks here, and if you like what you hear don't hesitate to add it to your collection.
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not being a fan of traditional xmas music, i really enjoyed this one. i brought it to work, and many of my coworkers felt the same
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Genuine Houserockin Christmas from Alligator Records is one of the best Christmas albums I have ever heard. Koko Taylor, Sapphire - The Uppity Blues Women, and Shemikea (Sp?) Copeland can't be beat. I am already forcing this CD on everyone who visits my house.
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Finding anything but your traditional Xmas music around the holidays has become impossiable. But thanks to Alligator Records amazon and some excellent musicans it can be done. A mixture of rock with true Blues blend for some fantastic Holiday Cheer. I'd like to see more recordings done like this. Capt. Jack & Doris
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There are only a couple of true zydeco tunes on this disc, but if you are sick and tired of samo samo Christmas schmaltz and enjoy good-time blues, rock and deep-
fried Southern cookin' then this is a great cd to put on at your holiday party! No one has ever heard of these seasonal songs and almost every one is terrific. Each song is by a different group or artist so it never gets boring--or sappy! I was dragged into the holiday spirit kicking and screaming until I got this album and then I actually started to enjoy it! A highly recommended Christmas tonic.
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I got this CD for my husband who is a Blues lover. He loves it and we rocked to it all through Christmas. I highly recommend this!
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