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Yo, Humbug!

by Various Artists

A musical holiday survival kit for open-minded listeners who like reggae, jazz, blues, and gospel mixed with their eggnog.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. 12 Days Of Christmas
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2:17 $0.99
2. Go Where I Send Thee
The Carpenter Ants
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3:03 $0.99
3. The Return Of The Prophet
Eastern Standard Time
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2:56 $0.99
4. Christmas Adam
Jr. James & The Late Guitar
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2:55 $0.99
5. The Little Drummer Boy
Wayne Kirby
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6:01 $0.99
6. Go Tell It On The Mountain
Tyler Ramsey
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2:19 $0.99
7. Zizi Kumbele
Samba Ngo
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2:47 $0.99
8. We Three Kings
Tim Haden
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4:26 $0.99
9. Carol Of The Bells
The Blue Rags
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3:37 $0.99
10. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Bonus Track)
Jr. James
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3:42 album only
11. Silent Night (Bonus Track)
Jr. James
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1:08 album only
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Inspired by the likes of James Brown ("Funky Christmas"), Chuck Berry ("Run, Run Rudolph"), Rahsaan Roland Kirk ("We Free Kings") and the King himself ("Blue Christmas"), A-Tone Music has jumped into holiday madness with a strange collection of Christmas, New Year, and seasonal tunes.

Where else could you find Atlanta's Latin/reggae/hip hop stalwarts Mandorico singing about a "partridge inna pear tree?" Or Asheville, NC's premier rag 'n' roll band The Blue Rags, renowned for their instrumental prowess, delivering an avant-garde a cappella version of "Carol of the Bells"? Or UNC-Asheville music prof Dr. Wayne Kirby, inventor of Phi-Music, waxing funky on "Little Drummer Boy"? Or Congolese multi-instrumentalist Samba Ngo offering an African New Year's wish?

The collection also features Charleston, WV roots/r&b band The Carpenter Ants testifying on a sizzling gospel workout, "Go Where I Send Thee;" Washington, DC jazz/ska group Eastern Standard Time skanking mightily on "The Return of the Prophet;" Western NC "Instrumentalist of the Year" (according to Mtn. Xpress) Tyler Ramsey picking a beautiful "Go Tell It On the Mountain;" UNC-Asheville jazz guitarist Tim Haden arranging a synth-ed out version of "We Three Kings"; and Asheville's own Jr. James and the Late Guitar giving the holidays a slip with the wry "Christmas Adam."

. . . and a Happy New Year!



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Chris A.

Something for everyone
I'm a holiday music addict, and I ordered this without having even heard of the artists, let alone the specific tracks. There's a high level of consistency despite the variety; you (or the recipient of your gift) may not love every track, but there's definitely a lot you'll enjoy. I especially enjoyed the Carpenter Ants rip through "Go Where I Send Thee" (reminiscent of Robert Randolph) and the unconventional approaches to "12 Days of Christmas" (peppy!) and "Little Drummer Boy" (funky!). It's a solid sampler that makes you want to hear more of the artists involved. Give yourself a gift!


A good addition to your christmas collection
As a certified "Yulehead" with thousands of Christmas tunes in my collection, I was pleasantly surprised with this compilation. Great performances and arrangements make this a sweet addition to anybody's Christmas collection. There really wasn't a clunker in the bunch. I bought this sight unseen and will include several of the tunes on my 2003 Christmas comp gift CDs. Thanks for a nice surprise.