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Christmas With the Chipmunks

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Reissue of the 1962 classic Christmas with the Chipmunks! This long time favourite reached #84 in the charts. Alvin and the Chipmunks are a six-time Grammy Award-winning animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable sweetheart. The trio is managed by their human father and confidant, David Seville. In reality, David Seville was Bagdasarian's stage name, and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label, Liberty Records: Alvin Bennett (the president), Simon Waronker (the founder and owner), and Theodore Keep (the chief engineer).
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Digital Booklet: Christmas With The Chipmunks
Digital Booklet: Christmas With The Chipmunks
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B001DSNFRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
In 2007, Capitol/EMI FINALLY released on CD the closest-to-perfect configuration to date of the Chipmunks' two original Christmas albums. All twenty-four original songs (plus a bonus track) were included. The original cover art from both volumes was used even replicating the "foil" look of the original 1960s LPs. The remastering was fantastic and it never sounded better. I heard details I'd never noticed before in my 30-odd years of listening to these albums. The only real negative was that they resequenced the tracks but that was forgiveable.

That version is now out of print (after one year!) and has been replaced with a new, but definitely NOT improved edition for 2008. When I first saw it I assumed it was simply a re-issue of the 2007 version with revised cover art (which I actually really like -- modernizes it a bit while keeping the original 1960s character designs.) Upon closer inspection however, I noticed that this new version has DROPPED FOUR TRACKS (as well as the bonus track.)

Two of the missing tracks ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" and "Wonderful Day") are nice but not essential. Dave's jazzy version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" however was definitely a highlight and "Hang Up Your Stockin'" was one of the absolute best tracks on both albums. (The bonus track with Canned Heat was also dropped, but that's not a big deal.)

Thanks Capitol/EMI. You fixed it only to break it again. Such a shame.

If you can't track down the 2007 edition, then just wait and see if they get it right in 2009!
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Ross Bagdasarian, a.k.a. David Seville, created the great sound of The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) essentially by taking the sound of a few people singing and speeding it up to sound like small animals singing. This technique works well still today; their Christmas album is a delight for the kids and inevitably nostalgic for us adults. Just one listen proves it!

The CD starts with "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)." David Seville introduces himself and The Chipmunks who promptly go into a charming and somewhat amusing rendition of this classic Christmastime ballad. The percussion and flute add to the natural beauty of this number; and the harmonizing leaves nothing to be desired! The cute banter between Alvin the chipmunk and David Seville makes the number even cuter. Great! Next comes the remarkably famous "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)." This you've undoubtedly heard on the radio; and the sound on the CD is excellent. They harmonize well and the banter between The Chipmunks and David Seville near the end of the song resembles that of a parent and children having "a special moment."

"Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" gives us an extra character for the voice of Rudolph; and this works well. The musical arrangement reflects good judgment and I predict that the children--and you--will like this number very, very much. "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" begins with a great harp solo even if the solo is brief; and this number shines like gold! "Frosty The Snowman" features The Chipmunks singing this children's Christmas song rather well; and the accordion sounds great on "Frosty The Snowman," too.
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I admit- I'm the mom in the family & I bought this for me first, the kids second! I have always loved the Chipmunks & chose this disc since it had more tracks than some of the other Chipmunks Christmas albums.
I do really love the songs except for one thing: The music is so loud that I can hardly hear the singing in some of the songs! I have to turn the volume way up (in the car) to hear the lyrics, but then it's too loud for the little one's ears & I'm forced to turn it down & miss out on the words. If that doesn't bother you, then you would probably rate this 5 stars! One thing I did wonder about, could it be my stereo and not the actual recording? I don't know.
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All right you chipmunks, are you ready to take helium and sing your song?
-I'll say we are!
-Yeah!
-Let's sing it now!
Okay, Simon?
-Okay!
Okay, Theodore?
-Okay!
Okay Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!
-OKAY!!!

Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for football and time for beer
We made this c.d., and it is fine
And no, we're not into pantomime
We want our fans to hear our tunes
Classic carols, empty balloons
We can hardly read or talk
Please Christmas run, don't walk

Okay fellas get ready
That was very good, Simon.
-Naturally.
Very good Theodore.
-Ahhhh.
Ah, Alvin, your tape loop was flat, watch it.
Ah, Alvin. Alvin. ALVIN!
-OKAY

Want some music that is such fun
forget about that stupid BB gun
Buy this now, before it's too late
It's Christmas, don't hesitate
We can hardly stand debate
It's Christmas, don't hesitate...

Very good boys
-Let's sing it again! Yeah, let's sing it again!
No. That's enough, let's not overdo it
-What do you mean overdo it?
-We want to sing it again!
Now, wait a minute, boys
-Why can't we sing it again?
-(Chipmunk chatter)
Alvin, cut that out .. Theodore, just a minute.
Simon will you cut that out? Boys....

And no, they have never aged. Which is fine with me....

Holly Berry -- Metamorpho;)
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