Saturday, December 23, 2006

Does Baby Jesus Get The Blues?

I'm not sure why anyone would want to give the blues to the baby Jesus. I mean, doesn't he have enough weight on his shoulders? But here it is, some blues for baby Jesus. This LP was recorded for E&E Insurance, a firm I'm not sure exists anymore. And the artist, Gary Mann, well, I'm not sure if he exists anymore, either. But he left this great album for us to enjoy. Think of Al Hirt's Christmas record. Now tone it down a bit, because this one isn't that good, and you've got at least a pretty good idea of the sound here. Mostly traditional stuff here, but there are a couple of originals, including the title track. You know you want to go give a listen to Gary Mann-Blues For Baby Jesus (The Educator & Executive Insurance Companies EE-101, 1972). This LP was re-released (perhaps the very next year) as Christmas With Gary Mann (EE-102), so I've thrown that scan in below for you.

5 comments:

CaptainOT said...

What a great title! Thanks for finding this and sharing it Ernie!


Capt

bongolong said...

Hey Ernie!!

Merry christmas from bongolong (bongobells & bongolongland)

risser said...

Yum! Love those dixieland Christmas albums! Some of this really swings, and it's all worth listening to. Dig it!

Peter

-np-
Gary Mann: Sleigh Bells
(Blues for Baby Jesus, 1972)

risser said...

Okay, side one swings; side two, moseys. It's slow, near easy-listening standard carol stuff. All right, with some interesting arrangement work. Side one is great though!

Peter

-np-
Gary Mann: The First Noel
(Blues for Baby Jesus, 1972)

Ernie said...

That seems to be the chance you take with these albums. If I get one great track, I'm happy. If I get a few good ones, I'm happy.