20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B. B. King

20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B. B. King

by B.B. KingB.B. King




This edition in Universal's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection is actually a re-titled reissue of the 2001 collection A Christmas Celebration of Hope. It took B.B. King a long time to get around to his first Christmas album, which didn't appear until about half a century into his recording career. It's an adequate, good-humored reprisal of various holiday chestnuts, among them some material with blues/R&B origins, like "Merry Christmas Baby." King wrote just one new song for the album, the instrumental "Christmas Love," though he did originally record another of the tracks, "Christmas Celebration," back in 1960. Wisely he plays "Auld Lang Syne" as a funky instrumental instead of vocalizing the singalong lyrics. In addition to periodic bursts of King's trademark guitar, there is plenty of brass and organ in the peppy arrangements. The Nashville String Machine adds its strings to just three tracks, which cuts down on over-produced excess (which is only a problem on "Please Come Home for Christmas"). It's hardly the first King you'll pull off your shelf, and not the first R&B Christmas album you'll turn to, either, but you could do worse in the holiday season.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0602498603789
catalogNumber: 000070702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
James Bolden   Trumpet,Bandleader
Tony Coleman   Tambourine
Mike Doster   Bass
Calep Emphrey   Drums
Leon Warren   Guitar
Melvin Jackson   Saxophone
James Sells Tony   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Lloyd Glenn   Composer
Amos Milburn   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Page Cavanaugh   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Michael Abene   Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Jerry Gillespie   Composer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Walter Kent   Composer
B.B. King   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Gene Redd   Composer
Jack Smalley   Composer
Jesse Thomas   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Lou Baxter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Floyd Lieberman   Executive Producer
Robert Burns   Composer

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