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40 Essential Christmas Albums

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Various Artists, 'Where Will You Be Christmas Day?'


Various Artists, 'Where Will You Be Christmas Day?'
Courtesy Dust To Digital
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Compiling twenty-four recordings from 78 rpm records cut between 1917 and 1959, this album includes blues, folk, gospel, calypso, and weird Americana. There's a few artists you may know: it's hard to beat Lead Belly getting excited that "Christmas Is A-Coming" or Bessie Smith wailing "At the Christmas Ball." But just as great are the unknown singers doing songs you've never heard, some religious, some raunchy, like "Christmas in Jail – Ain't That a Pain."


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