The 25th Day of December
The Staple Singers
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||The Last Month of the Year||The Staple Singers||2:25||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Virgin Mary Had One Son||The Staple Singers||2:47||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Go Tell It On the Mountain||The Staple Singers||2:39||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Joy to the World||The Staple Singers||1:46||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Holy Unto the Lord||The Staple Singers||3:23||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Savior Is Born||The Staple Singers||2:12||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sweet Little Jesus Boy||The Staple Singers||3:41||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||No Room At the Inn||The Staple Singers||2:51||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||There Was a Star||The Staple Singers||2:26||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Little Town of Bethlehem||The Staple Singers||2:04||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wasn't That a Mighty Day||The Staple Singers||1:53||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Silent Night||The Staple Singers||2:17||£0.99||View in iTunes|
This set is the honest to goodness real deal, an undeniably great Christmas album that not only includes simple but striking arrangements of several holiday classics but also plays and feels very much like an album of tracks that really belong together, and it builds as it goes into a striking and powerful listen. Recorded in 1962 at Universal Studios in Chicago, the album features the classic Staple Singers lineup of Pops, Mavis, Yvonne, and Pervis Staples on vocals, with Pops doubling on his trademark reverb-drenched guitar alongside Maceo Woods on organ and Al Duncan on drums. The arrangements are simple and natural, leaving plenty of room for the vocals, and versions here of "The Last Month of the Year," "Joy to the World," and Thomas Dorsey's "The Savior Is Born" are nothing short of an easy, natural perfection. Pops' spooky guitar work gives extra atmosphere to the lightly funky "No Room at the Inn" and the gorgeous rendition of "Silent Night" that ends the album. The 25th Day of December is a wonderful outing, and a classic holiday album.
Soul at Christmas feels so right. The Staple Singers are like silk on this and it leaves a warm glow. Buy it as a beautiful alternative to the seasonal regulars and then put it on every Christmas at your place!
Formed: 1951 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s