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Odetta: Christmas Spirituals

Album Notes

Personnel: Odetta (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bill Lee, Lincoln Goines (acoustic bass); Jeff Salisbury (snare drum); Carol Steele (percussion).

Engineers: Lincoln Clapp, Todd Lockwood, Jon Fausty.

Recorded at White Crow Audio, Burlington, Vermont and Sound Ideas, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Odetta.

Personnel: Odetta (vocals, guitar); Bill Lee (acoustic bass).

Odetta's husky voice is often stunning, both in her a cappella performances and her songs with accompaniment. She says these songs are traditional spirituals, neither purely African nor American, but songs that emerged from the sufferings of slavery. Powerful stuff. ~ Dennis MacDonald


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