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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vince GuaraldiVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (751 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (August 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B002Y1OAJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (751 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Tannenbaum
2. What Child Is This
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus And Lucy
5. Christmas Time Is Here [instrumental]
6. Christmas Time Is Here [vocal]
7. Skating
8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Fur Elise
11. The Christmas Song

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One of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time now available for the very first time on collectable green vinyl!

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325 of 337 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearing the air on this gem of a reissue... December 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
No, this is not your father's A Charlie Brown Christmas album. As has been pointed out here already, there's a different mix and alternate takes. But some points should be brought to a prospective buyer's attention so as to truly appreciate what's been done here.

The remix by Stephen Hart serves 1 purpose - to clean up a poorly recorded (even by mid-sixties standards)soundtrack. Noise reduction was used to remove excessive hiss, and the new mix was re-eq'd to accomodate listening by today's standards. It had been suggested that some left hand work by Vince is lost in this mix, but that is highly unlikely since, although probably recorded on a 4-track machine, the trio appeared to have had each of their instruments recorded in mono. Stephen merely places each instrument slightly to the left,center, or right in order to give a "live club" spaciousness to the sound, rather than the typical studio panned mixes we hear today.

In my opinion, people who are disgruntled with the actual sound of this disc have just been used to the original mix for so long that this appears foreign to them. They're just not used to it. If they long for a 60's sounding disc - they should simply convert their vinyl album to cd-r!

As for the replaced takes...that's another story altogether. Regarding the "wrong take" of "Linus & Lucy": the one presented on this reissue is actually the one that was used in the film (and this marks the first time this take was made commercially available). All previous issues of this soundtrack album used the version from the A Boy Named Charlie Brown documentary soundtrack.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts Christmas Jazz Masterpiece December 8, 2000
By Darren
Format:Audio CD
I really don't think any Christmas music collection could be complete without this soundtrack. When I think back of my childhood and watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on CBS during the holidays, I can't help but remember the warm feeling that Vince Guaraldi's arrangements instilled in me while watching the special. Looking back now, I also think that this soundtrack music was my first memorable exposure to jazz and probably set the stage for my musical appeal to instrumental jazz. "Christmas Time is Here" has become a Holiday jazz standard and has been re-recorded by a number of jazz vocalists but my personal favorite is "Skating". This is the Tao of Christmas. You can't help but lose yourself in the meditative freedom expressed in this arrangement, like the Peanuts characters in the movie, gliding so freely, smoothly and gracefully on the frozen pond in the pristine greyness of winter.
If you grew up watching the Peanuts during Christmas, this CD takes you back to that place in your childhood Christmas heart.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It wasn't only the wonderful humor of Charles Schulz and the adorable child voices that made "A Charlie Brown Christmas" such an enduring holiday favorite. The score by Vince Guaraldi was sophisticated and sensitive and stands alone as one of the best holiday albums ever. Frankly, we play it all year long, yes, Christmas in July or June or whenever.)
The original compositions ("Skating", "Linus and Lucy", "Christmas is Coming") are brilliant, quirky and humorous, yet are far from childish. They are jazz compositions of real merit, and Guaraldi must have been a true "Peanuts" fan because he really was able to interpret Schulz's characters in musical form.
The score also has Guaraldi's interpretations of favorite Christmas carols. In "Greensleeves" in particular, you can hear how Guaraldi flavors this English classic with snippets of the Charlie Brown music--very clever and makes the score hang together as a unit and not just a patchwork of holiday tunes.
Sometimes the sound is a bit fuzzy on this recording (made originally in 1965), but that doesn't detract much from the pure pleasure of the score. This is a CD we play frequently and I must say, it never palls. I hear new things every time.
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203 of 227 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh-Oh. Not Cool November 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought the original CD reissue of this album back in 1986; it has remained an essential part of my holiday listening ever since. I skipped the subsequent reissue, since I really didn't need to have "Greensleeves" badly enough to warrant buying the disc again.

That said, I was happy to hear that A Charlie Brown Christmas had been given the proper remastering treatment and reissued with bonus tracks and restored artwork.

However, I was not happy once I started listening.

1. The recordings have clearly been squashed using compression and limiting. As a result, the average level is comparable to that of a current pop release. Like classical music, jazz is supposed to have dynamic range. This new master doesn't have all that much (or not as much as it should, anyway). Sure, there was plenty of room to increase the volume somewhat (since early CDs often failed to take advantage of the headroom that was available), but there was simply no good reason to resort to compression. When it comes to remastering old(er) recordings, the number-one rule should be to provide the most faithful reproduction of the original recording possible, not to re-create the recording as if it had been made today. If I wanted to induce listening fatigue, I'd listen to whatever this month's new flavor is instead.

2. The mix sounds sterile, and bears little resemblance to the mix we've all been living with.

3. As folks have already pointed out, the version of "Linus and Lucy" presented here is a different version.

So, I think I'll ditch this edition and go buy that 1988 reissue instead. I'd recommend that you do the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful soundtrack!
I've always been very fond of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
And this edition is absolutely wonderful! I play it all season long!
Published 4 days ago by Jessica Rains
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Peanuts!
My mom and niece love to watch the Peanuts Christmas movie every year, so it was only fitting that they have the soundtrack to sing along with in the car, etc. :)
Published 10 days ago by Malina J Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Reproduction
All of the music is well executed and the remastering is excellent - there are no pops as on the original and the speed is not screwed up like some reproductions can be.
Published 11 days ago by J. Bryan Mccullar
4.0 out of 5 stars Vince Guaraldi Trio - the band of Peanuts!
This new enhanced 2012 version of the late Vince Guaraldi
has more songs, vocals and instumentals and is a holiday
favourite! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Rich The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time Favorite
I bought this CD because my old one died. One of my Christmas favorites, both the show & the music. Good remaster & happy to have it
Published 1 month ago by Great Pyr
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Charlie Brown, how can you go wrong?
This is a great CD, it's got all of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas songs you want. I keep the CD in my car year around for those impromptu Christmas songs.
Published 1 month ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Christmas album... classic
This has always been my favorite music for the holidays. Not too secular and the piano is lovely. Buy it!
Published 1 month ago by Sean O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this music!
Who hasn't heard the Charlie Brown Christmas music?!?!?!? It is classic. I've wanted these CDs for awhile and finally have gotten them. It was love at first listen! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars So cool! Perfect quality. Very happy!
This is so cool. Everyone should have this in their Christmas record collection. And it's green?! Even cooler!! Album arrived as described with zero damage from shipping. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars of course
I already had a copy, and bought this for a friend. Of course I love it - this is Charlie Brown's Christmas, for goodness sake!
Published 1 month ago by Susan Loeffler
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