- Released: May 12, 2009
- Label: Silverwolf
- 1.Rise Up Shepherd And Follow
- 2.What Month Was Jesus Born In?
- 3.Mary Had A Baby
- 4.Somebody Talking 'Bout Jesus
- 5.Virgin Mary Had One Son
- 6.Go Tell It On The Mountain
- 7.Shout For Joy
- 8.Poor Little Jesus
- 9.O Jerusalem
- 10.Ain't That A-Rockin'
- 11.If Anybody Asks You
- 12.Beautiful Star
- 13.Children Go Where I Send Thee
Personnel: Odetta (vocals, acoustic guitar); Lincoln Goines, Bill Lee (acoustic bass, upright bass); Jeff Salisbury (drums, snare drum); Jeff Salisbury (snare drum, percussion); Carol Steele (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Odetta; Rachel Faro.
Recording information: Sound Ideas, New York, NY; White Crow Audio, Burlington, VT.
BEAUTIFUL STAR was originally recorded and released in 1989 as CHRISTMAS SPIRITUALS, but since the CD reissue of her similarly named (and more widely known) 1960 album has created marketplace confusion, the 1989 album has been reissued with a new title and cover art. A typically elegant and deeply felt collection of standards and original songs, BEAUTIFUL STAR is both a fine holiday album and an essential listen for Odetta fans no matter the season.