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Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 - 1955

Various artists
Double album with full colour 20 page booklet by Jeff Harris. 
Detailed discography
The idea of Christmas themed blues and gospel numbers stretches back to the very dawn of the recorded genres. “Hooray for Christmas” exclaims Bessie Smith to kick off her soon to be classic “At The Christmas Ball”, which inaugurated the Christmas blues tradition when it was recorded in November 1925 for Columbia. A year later, circa December 1926, the gospel Christmas tradition was launched when the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers recorded “Silent Night, Holy Night” for Paramount Records. After these recordings it was off to the races with numerous Christmas blues numbers recorded by singers of all stripes, a pace that continued as blues evolved into R&B and then rock and roll. Continued...

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Carl Martin / Willie (61) Blackwell 1930 - 1941

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Mississippi Blues & Gospel 1934 - 1942
DOCD-5320 Mississippi Blues & Gospel (Field Recordings) 1934-1942 Various Genres: Gospel, Country Blues. Informative booklet notes by Howard Rye. Detailed discography. These recordings present performances that have been previously unavailable on other CDs. They were recorded between 1934 and 1942 for the Library of Congress by John Lomax and his son, Alan Lomax, as they criss-crossed the rural south in search of authentic Southern American sound. Their quest yielded some of the finest examples of African-American religious expression in sacred songs. Continued...

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