Wednesday, January 04, 2012

More Blackwoods

Nope, still not done. And hopefully you folks aren't done, either. Tonight is a second LP from The Blackwood Brothers, not nearly so good as that last one they shared with The Statesmen, but then lightning so very rarely strikes twice.  This one came out almost 20 years after that other one, and I think only a few of the brothers are the same.  I can even hear a little bit of a hint of a disco beat in the backing to a few of these tracks, so beware!  But for the completists out there, this is Merry Christmas From The Blackwood Brothers (Voice Box VB 0779, Stereo, 1979).  Each track is sung by a different brother, as shown in the list below.

1. White Christmas (Cecil)
2. The First Noel (Jimmy)
3. Oh Holy Night (James)
4. Chestnuts Roasting (John)
5. Silent Night, Holy Night (Ken)
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Ken)
7. Joy To The World (John)
8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (James)
9. Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Jimmy)
10. Away In A Manger (Cecil)

Maybe my biggest disappointment with this LP was the lack of those Southern Gospel harmonies. Everybody pretty much sings by themselves here.  Whoever thought that was a good idea needs a quick lesson in what made these folks famous in the first place.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for stretching out the season!

Dave said...

Thanks. I've never heard this one.

Dave W.