Blues Blues Christmas Volume 2 – (1926-1958) – Full Album
Double CD x 44 Festive Blues + Gospel tracks, Various artists. Detailed discography.
Includes informative, illustrated 24-page booklet by Jeff Harris. Jewel Case format.
Available as physical CD or Download as FLAC or MP3 complete with liner notes.
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Going hand in hand with Christmas is quite a number of New Year songs, a good vehicle for juxtaposing the problems of the past year with the glimmer of hope that the upcoming year will bring better fortune. Whether these artists sung these numbers as part of their regular repertoire is unclear, but it is almost certainly the case that many of these songs were recorded at the prompting of the record companies. Like any business they were always looking for a new angle or gimmick to sell records and advertised these boldly, often with full-page ads, in black newspapers like the Chicago Defender.
Perhaps you think this is a bit cynical but then you probably still believe in Santa Clause and good will towards men! Well, sit back, tip a glass of holiday cheer and enjoy our survey of Yuletide classics spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, a simpler, more wholesome time!