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How the Grinch Stole Christmas


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  • Audio Cassette (October 3, 1995)
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001EHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2. Welcome Christmas
3. Trim Up the Tree
4. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
5. Welcome Christmas (Reprise)

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1 story ans 4 songs

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I've been searching everywhere for this CD.
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I listen to this in my car at Christmas time and I enjoy it.
CARRIE
I enjoyed listening to it while baking Christmas cookies!
wmom88

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album truly fits the bill. It does cover all the songs and full narration of Boris Karloff but be warned... it's not an exact soundtrack from the TV show. When Cindy-Lu Who speaks in this version, it's actually Boris himself which is quite a surprise. Charming nonetheless. A true classic.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want the songs and story from the grinch christmass special that you watched as a kid and not some cheap sound alike, this is what you are looking for. I was very pleased. This is exactly what I wanted. This will be the best christmass ever! Now if only I can get a CD version of the Brady Bunch Christmass, my second childhood will be complete.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great Christmas movie, and with this CD, you can hear the music all year long. I highly recommend this CD because of it's entertaining music, and great beat. I think that if you are conscidering whether to buy this CD or not, do by it! Not only will you enjoy it, but for those of you who have kids, your kids will love it! Trust me, I know. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great story that teaches us all the Christmas spirit. It is a timeless classic that should be shared.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Grinch has successfully displaced Ebeneezer Scrooge as the spirit of anti-Christmas for today's audience. And there are similarities. Just as Tiny Tim was a strong factor in Ebeneezer's redemption, the children are a strong factor in the Grinch's redemption.
It's a pleasure to be able to hear the great Boris Karloff narration, along with the songs, and then afterwards to again hear the songs reprised.
Of course, this is a short CD, just barely 30 minutes in length. One must realize that while the program was supposed to be a half hour long, nearly a third of the time was used for toy advertisements. The irony of it all, a beautiful story telling us that the joy of Christmas is in the spirit of Christmas, not in the getting toys is aired for the purpose of selling overpriced and non-imaginative toys.
Anyway, this is definitely a 5 star CD.
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I've been a fan of the TV show for years, but didn't even know this disc existed until last year. I immediately bought it, and I love it.

It claims to be the soundtrack for the 1966 TV special of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I see some reviewers say it is different. I've only noticed one difference. Whether it is note for note exactly the same or not doesn't matter to me. It's still a great disc.

It only has 5 tracks. The first is Boris Karloff reading the story. It sounds remarkably like the TV special. It even has the songs edited into the story. The only change I noticed is here. Boris does all the narration, including Cindy Lou Who.

The other four tracks are the songs from the special by themselves. "Welcome Christmas" gets two tracks, with the second being a longer reprise. That track has additional words and an instrumental bridge. "Trim Up the Tree" is just as nonsensical as in the special.

Which brings us to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." I love this song in the special, and it is preserved exactly as it is here, including Thurl Ravenscroft wonderful voice. It's one of my favorite parts of the special, and I love having it here. I'll confess, I often listen to it two or three times in a row.

So if you are a fan of the TV show and love the songs, you'll be glad you got this CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Rapchak on December 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here it is FORTY years after its premiere---and the "Grinch" soundtrack stands as one of the last of a great musical tradition that extends all the way from the 30's: completely scored in a colorful, very "legit" technical manner, based on a thorough grounding in classic song-writing and background scoring/orchestration. And this cd presents it all in bright, clean and detailed sound.

What is puzzling and fascinating is this: considering that the production of "How the Grinch..." in 1966 was apparently not an especially lavish one, how is it that the soundtrack exists in TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VERSIONS, each with its own similar but different background music, and each with DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT arrangements of the three songs??

It's too bad that all of the major musical figures---Albert Hague (composer), Eugene Poddany (the guy who did the intense work of scoring the whole thing TWICE) and Thurl Ravenscroft (singer of "You're a Mean One..")---have all passed on; as institutional memory goes, we may never know why the work was scored and recorded one way for the film and another completely different way for the MGM soundtrack album. I can see some cutting and patching together of the film soundtrack and an EXPANSION of the songs for the LP---that would be logical---but an ENTIRELY new score?

I know I sound like a broken (LP) record, but I will continue to wonder about this. In any case, the 21-minute version of the soundtrack contained on this cd is great. And I must say that Boris KArloff's narration is absolutely BRILLIANT; it's so easy to take it for granted, since we all know it practically by heart.
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