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A Boy Named Charlie Brown: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special [Soundtrack]

Vince Guaraldi, Peanuts (Related Recordings)Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: December 4, 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XDH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 12/05/1989
Genre: JAZZ

The jazz trio recordings that made up most of West Coast pianist Vince Guaraldi's output often leaned more in the pop direction. Guaraldi had played with Cal Tjader and Woody Herman, scored a niche with Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, and hit a commercial high point with his melodic melodrama "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," but he will forever be tied to his score for the cartoon A Boy Named Charlie Brown. These performances are memorable for the program they set out to accomplish. The bright little skirmish of "Linus and Lucy" is the perfect accompaniment to these mimetic characters. "Blue Charlie Brown" contains some catchy piano soloing from Guaraldi. "Baseball Theme" works perfectly, as does the samba "Pebble Beach" and the Chaplinesque rag, "Schroeder." --John Swenson

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You already know it by heart January 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You never knew the name of that one song; you just watched the specials. It's called "Linus and Lucy", it's probably running through your head right this minute, and it's on this CD. And after one listen, you'll realize that everything else Guaraldi wrote for the Charlie Brown shows is equally brilliant. Indispensable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is, flawlessly December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure why you're even reading this review. If you've seen the peanuts, you know that Schulz's animations - those lovable characters, and the wah-wah-wah voices of the off-screen adults - are accompanied by jazz that's both soothing and whimsical.
If (egads!) you *haven't* seen Peanuts animation, this collection certainly won't mean the same thing to you. It's still a fabulous collection of pleasantly whimsical jazz, great for Sunday morning reading of the paper or Wednesday evening separation from reality.... but if you check out the cartoons first, that same pleasant whimsy will be filled with remniscent joy.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD for the serious jazz head April 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Vince Guaraldi was one of the few very talented jazz musicians who could span the divide between so-called pop and serious jazz. I think when a musician can touch the neophyte and the afficianado alike the music is something special. "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is one of those very hip jazz albums that fortunately found its way to the mass market's ears. The swinging good feeling of the tune "Linus and Lucy" is so infectious you can't help but smile. No jazz missionary should leave home without this CD!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately Charming February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Vince Guaraldi was one of my first jazz "idols" and this CD remains among my very favorite of his. From the very first notes, the music is instantly recognizeable as the soundtrack to the Peanuts animated cartoons, but it works in so many other ways as well. Since the pieces on this disc were originally written to be background music in the cartoons (with the exception of the last track--"Fly Me To The Moon"), they make excellent background music for your party or while doing things around the house. I find it makes excellent study music. Despite serving as good background music, some of the tunes are also very catchy (the famous "Linus and Lucy," and my other favorite "The Charlie Brown Theme"). Sometimes I find myself just settling back in a comfortable chair and listening to this or one of my other Guaraldi CD's to relax after a long day. In an era that produced few easily listenable jazz albums, the Guaraldi discs--and especially this one--are a real treat. They're very easy on the ears. You won't be disappointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic "Peanuts" Recordings July 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
At Christmas time, you can't go wrong with "A Charlie Brown Christmas." "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" actually predates the yuletide classic by a year, and contains all of the original non-holiday Peanuts themes (including "Linus & Lucy"). Besides being a nostalgic slice of childhood fun, Vince Guaraldi's "Peanuts" compositions are also classics of jazz piano, and deserve more critical respect than they get. In short, whoever you are and whatever your tastes, you can't go wrong with this disc!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown SACD Goodness September 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The more SACD's I get, the more impressed I get with the sound. Of all of them, I think piano comes out sounding the best and sounding the most real. This CD is no exception. It sounds like I have Vince Guaraldi playing piano right in my living room.

The music is pretty good and brings back the familiarity of the Charlie Brown TV specials.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an intro to jazz July 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I remember the Charlie Brown specials on TV when I was very young and enjoyed both the stories and the music. It is quite possible that the songs on this disc are they very first jazz recordings I have ever heard. The hybrid SACD is great as I can listen to the CD layer in my car, and then hear the hi-rez layer on my home system. The DSD stream has a smoother, more analog sound than the PCM. The performance by the Vince Guraldi Trio is fantastic. I have played this disc a few times for friends without telling them that it is a Charlie Brown film soundtrack and they ask me what that great jazz disc is. They are surprised when I tell them what it is. I have to tell them before the disc gets to track 6 (Linus And Lucy) because that song is a familiar theme and gives the idenity of the disc away. The only thing I don't like about this disc is that it does not have a 5.1 surround mix, only stereo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jazz for everyone April 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Vince Guaraldi, though hardly mentioned in the same breath as Ellington, T. Monk, Oscar Peterson, and other piano jazz giants, is simply amazing. When they talk about "listenable" jazz, they mean Guaraldi. There's a reason why he got to write the soundtracks for Charlie Brown and Co. His sense of melody and timing is delicious, his phrasing never gets old, and he never loses you. I thought about purchasing his greatest hits CD until I realized that every Guaraldi CD plays like a greatest hits collection! This collection is particularly upbeat and I can listen to it any time, any place, and it always sounds good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album is one of my favorite LPs I own
This album is one of my favorite LPs I own. I particularly like to play it for people unfamiliar with the Charlie Brown cartoons, as they don't take it for granted and can really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dan Bergevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't know these tunes?!
A Boy named Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits, the Vince Guaraldi
Trio is still making music for another generation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rich The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Buyers Look Carefully
I have owned this soundtrack for years and I love it and wanted a copy on vinyl. There are two versions of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", one is the excellent music by Vince... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Echobox
5.0 out of 5 stars Much fun
Background music for any occasion. Classy and fun at the same time. Great music and brings great memories to most listeners.
Published 20 months ago by Lori Hatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice
The soundtrack for Charlie Brown is very cool. If you are a fan of Peanuts, then you probably already know that.
Published 22 months ago by MichaelR.Stat
5.0 out of 5 stars fun, funky and just plain good
Some light hearted jazz creating sound pictures of the Peanuts characters with a mix of just plain good contemporary instrumental work.
Published 23 months ago by cartooni
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fall background music
I am using this for an October ongoing promotion for an entertainment venue. It sets the mood and is perfect for the 50-70 demographic. Very nostaligic and soothing.
Published on October 4, 2012 by Mandy PM
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
Vince Guaraldi is my favorite jazz artist and his version of "Fly Me To The Moon" on this album is my favorite jazz piece! It doesn't get any better!
Published on September 22, 2012 by Tyler Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, simple music from yesterday
Much like the sounds associated with the holiday television specials, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" brings back easy notes and melodies of childhood... Read more
Published on May 26, 2012 by D. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars well......
The sleeve came in excellent condition. The record itself had a ton of problems, with constant loud pops, cracks, and infrequent but somewhat serious skips. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Eric
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