Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues From the Charlie Brown Tv Specials

November 19, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 15, 2007
  • Release Date: November 19, 2008
  • Label: D & D
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 D & D
  • Total Length: 39:05
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  • ASIN: B001N4NZFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,249 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By GuessHoo57 on March 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
There has yet to be a definitive collection of Guaraldi's "Peanuts" cues. This isn't one either, but it's a good start. Perhaps one day everything Peanuts/Guaraldi that exists will be culled into one package; the fact that so much of this music has been hidden away all these years is odd and borderline cruel to those of us who live for it and have been waiting for it to be available since the specials first aired.

The best cuts on this collection are probably the ones that are most familiar and have been the most elusive to fans: Guaraldi's vocal renditions of "Joe Cool" and the smoky "Little Birdie," (his voice sounds a little like the singer of the old "Conjunction Junction" Schoolhouse Rock song, and this is a very good thing), a short and re-arranged Peppermint Patty theme without that annoying clavinet that ruins the "Oh Good Grief" collection, the version of the "Thanksgiving" theme that is exactly as it appears in the special instead of the alternate version that appears in "Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits." If those, and "There's No Time For Love" were the only cuts I'd have paid full price for the CD based on their inclusion alone.

I have several quibbles with this collection, but forgive it simply because of what it DOES include. Even half-full Guaraldi gets at least an A- (with the exception of the "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" CD which I personally never got into...and where is a proper soundtrack to the feature film of the same name?). Some of the cuts really sound like filler, especially the first few. They have the feel of what they undoubtedly are; jam/improv sessions.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edith McGregor on September 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A real gem of a jewel!!!!

This is one CD that brings back wonderful childhood memories and allows you to share them with a new generation. In listening to it, you hear the awesome musicianship of Mr. Guaraldi. Simply put, he was an excellent musician and composer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leggo Ami on March 26, 2008
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"Little Birdie" is, of course, worth the price of admission. The horn chart always makes me grin. Great vocal, perfect music for the Thanksgiving sequence it runs over, Snoopy's epic battle against the evil wooden lawn chair. Tracks 5-10 don't disappoint either, if you like Vince in the Rhodes/Wurly/Clavinet era. Four tracks are truly "filler" (these are contracted cues after all), dull "blew-zy" gunk mostly, two marred further by the dreaded ARP synth sound. Overall, the sound is okay, but it seems pretty "dark" in places (meaning minimal High EQ). If you can get a good deal, pick it up. Mostly this is a very entertaining disc. Knowing there're better Guaraldi cues than some of this stuff out there, limits my enjoyment, however.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Hoh on September 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Vince Guaraldi is America's truest hidden musical gem. Most of us remember the music from the Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas specials. But he also did the music for 8 other tv specials before a heart attack took him, all too soon, from us. A true musical genius and this is a true treasure, as is all the other releases on cd. Thankfully they can be played time and time again.
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