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The Alligator Records Christmas Collection (1992)

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1 	–Koko Taylor 	Merry, Merry Christmas	4:29

Bass – Jerry Murphy
Drums – Frank Alexander
Guitar – Calvin Louden, Criss Johnson
Organ – Jeremiah Riley
Vocals – Koko Taylor

2 	–Kenny Neal 	Christmas Time In The Country	4:34

Bass – Noel Neal
Drums – Ken Johnson
Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals – Kenny Neal
Keyboards – Lucky Peterson

3 	–Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials	 	I'm Your Santa	2:55

Bass – James "Pookie" Young
Drums – Kelly Littleton
Guitar – Mike Garrett
Guitar, Vocals – Lil' Ed Williams

4 	–Katie Webster	 	Deck The Halls With Boogie Woogie	2:59

Bells [Sleighbells] – Ameen Abdur-Rashied
Piano, Vocals – Katie Webster

5 	–William Clarke 	Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus	4:31

Acoustic Bass – Flaco Medina
Drums – Bob Newham
Guitar – Greg Verginio
Harmonica, Vocals – William Clarke
Piano – Fred Kaplan

6 	–Tinsley Ellis	 	Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'	3:23

Bass – James Ferguson
Drums – David Sims 
Guitar, Vocals – Tinsley Ellis
Organ – Mike Boyette

7 	–Charles Brown 		Boogie Woogie Santa Claus	3:12

Acoustic Bass – Earl May
Drums – Kenny Washington
Guitar – Billy Butler
Piano, Vocals – Charles Brown
Tenor Saxophone – Harold Ousley

8 	–Son Seals 		Lonesome Christmas	5:13

Bass – Johnny B. Gayden
Drums – Ray "Killer" Allison
Organ – Sidney James Wingfield
Vocals – Son Seals

9 	–Lonnie Brooks 	Christmas	 On The Bayou	4:46

Bass – Stan Chambers
Drums – Kevin Mitchell 
Guitar – Ronnie Baker Brooks
Guitar, Vocals – Lonnie Brooks
Piano – Tom Giblin

10 	–Little Charlie And The Nightcats 	Santa Claus	2:57

Bass – Jay Peterson
Drums – Dobie Strange
Guitar – Little Charlie Baty
Harmonica, Vocals – Rick Estrin

11 	–Elvin Bishop 		The Little Drummer Boy	2:52

Alto Saxophone – Ray Arvizu
Bass – Evan Palmerston
Drums – Larry Van
Guitar, Vocals – Elvin Bishop
Piano – Randy Forrester
Trombone – Ed Earley

12 	–Saffire -The Uppity Blues Women 	One Parent Christmas	3:35

Acoustic Bass – Earlene Lewis
Guitar, Vocals – Gaye Adegbalola
Piano – Ann Rabson

13 	–Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown 	Christmas	3:13

Bass – Harold Floyd
Drums – Chuckee Burke
Guitar, Vocals – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Keyboards – Bob Hoban
Rhythm Guitar – Ron Harris

14 	–Charlie Musselwhite 	Silent Night

Harmonica – Charlie Musselwhite
Piano – Stu Blank

 

This entertaining CD serves a dual purpose, introducing listeners to many of the blues artists who have recorded for Alligator and giving consumers a rare Christmas blues record. The performers include Koko Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Katie Webster (on a rollicking "Deck the Halls With Boogie Woogie"), William Clarke, Tinsley Ellis, Charles Brown ("Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"), Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Elvin Bishop, Saffire, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Charlie Musselwhite. With the exception of Bishop's "The Little Drummer Boy" and Musselwhite's "Silent Night," all of the selections are originals by the artists. Although the musicians all play in the same general genre, this set has enough variety (and good feelings) to hold one's interest throughout. ---Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

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