Welcome to the December 2017 holiday issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
This month we’re highlighting box and multi-disc sets including Isaac Hayes Spirit of Memphis 1962-76, John Lee Hooker King of the Boogie, the 68-CD Johnny Mathis compilation Voice of Romance: Columbia Original Album Collection, the 2-CD compilation Jesus Rocked the Jukebox, and the calendar/CD set 24 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920’s, Vol. 15. More Box Sets features brief descriptions of Wilson Pickett and Dinah Washington album compilations, plus a new Blue Note deluxe box set subscription series.
Our Holiday Music selections include Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight, Chanté Moore’s Christmas Back to You, Patti LaBelle & Friends’ Home for the Holidays, Smokey Robinson’s Everyday is Christmas and Bigg Robb’s Christmas Party.
Other new releases include gospel artist Cheryl Fortune’s Simply Cheryl, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis …Yes, I’m Ready, the 60th anniversary expanded edition of Here’s Little Richard, the 25th anniversary expanded edition of Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard soundtrack album I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard, and former Shalamar guitarist Micki Free’s Tattoo Burn-Redux.
Our selection of books for holiday giving begins with Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band by John Capouya. Other staff picks described in brief in the post New Books About Black Recording Artists include biographies of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Sarah Vaughan; Gucci Mane’s autobiography; two books about Prince—one featuring photographs and another his early studio sessions; Chuck D’s chronology This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History and an oral history of Bob Marley by reggae archivist Roger Steffans.
Wrapping up this issue is our list of November 2017 Releases of Note.
Happy Holidays to All!