Producers: Koko Taylor, Criss Johnson, Bruce Iglauer; Kenny Neal, Bob Greenlee, Bruce Iglauer; Ed Williams, Bruce Iglauer; Katie Webster, Vasti Jackson, Bruce Iglauer, Ice Cube Slim; William Clarke; Tinsley Ellis, Bruce Iglauer; Barry Feldman; Son Seals, Bruce Iglauer; Lonnie Brooks, Bruce Iglauer; Charlie Baty, Rick Estrin, Bruce Iglauer; Elvin Bishop; Jim Bateman; Charlie Musselwhite.
Engineers: David Axelbaum (tracks 1, 6, 8); Rick Bailey and Warren King; Jay Shilliday; David Farrell (tracks 4, 13); Glenn Nishida; Tim Geelan; Sam Fishkin (tracks 9, 12); Bill Thompson (tracks 10, 11, 14).
This entertaining CD serves a dual purpose, introducing listeners to many of the blues artists who have recorded for Alligator and giving consumers a rare Christmas blues record. The performers include Koko Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Katie Webster (on a rollicking "Deck the Halls With Boogie Woogie"), William Clarke, Tinsley Ellis, Charles Brown ("Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"), Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Elvin Bishop, Saffire, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Charlie Musselwhite. With the exception of Bishop's "The Little Drummer Boy" and Musselwhite's "Silent Night," all of the selections are originals by the artists. Although the musicians all play in the same general genre, this set has enough variety (and good feelings) to hold one's interest throughout. ~ Scott Yanow