Blues legend Bessie Smith and her 'At The Christmas Ball' may crackle and hiss thanks to the passage of time and vinyl erosion but like the majority of the tracks on this celebration of Christmas blues songs there is a feisty character at its core. And despite what you might expect this music is not all about loneliness and sadness over the holidays. The very opposite in fact because at least a couple of the pack want to work you into a state of boogie woogie (thanks Mabel and Big Joe!).
Even when things aren't all sprightly like on John Lee Hooker's 'Blues For Christmas' there is so much wonder to be ingested on the deadpan guitar lines and brass ensembles. But it is the bluster and wide-eyed frisson of tracks like Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Santa Claus' that'll will soothe your shopped-out fatigue. And if that is not enough to take you to another yuletide dimension Canned Heat and their trademark sound promise to do so with the chugg-tastic 'Christmas Blues'. Who would have ever thought that feeling the blues could feel this good?
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