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Vince Guaraldi - Greatest Hits

4.9 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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The inventive jazz pianist know for composing the Charlie Brown Suite had a unique flair for combining improvisation with memorable melodies. Here's a chance to hear his 1980 LP featuring famous tunes Cast Your Fate to the Wind; Linus and Lucy; Christmas Time Is Here; Mr. Lucky; Treat Street , and more.

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He's best known, and deservedly so, for the jazzy music he wrote for Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" characters, but San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi was also a highly regarded trio and ensemble pianist whose laid-back grooves are still a treat to hear. Greatest Hits samples his various stages, from big hits "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and "Samba de Orpheus" to his work with Latin guitarist Bola Sete ("Days of Wine and Roses") to, yes, his beloved "Peanuts" compositions ("Good Grief," "Linus and Lucy," "Christmastime Is Here"). --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XD9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those of you who enjoy great trio jazz and Latin dance jazz, this is a great album to add to your collection. I am a huge Vince Guaraldi fan and this is the ultimate collection of his music. These songs have been taken from music throughout his long career and cover a wide variety of music genres. Though Guaraldi only technically released a couple "Latin" albums, the majority of songs on this CD are Latin-influenced. This is the only reason I would give it a 4.9 if I could. This is still a great CD, beginning to end. "Cast Your Fate To the Wind", "Treat Street" and "Samba De Orpheus" are the best tracks. It also includes 3 songs from various Peanuts soundtracks. "Blue Charlie Brown" would have been a much better pick than "Oh Good Grief" from the "Boy Named Charlie Brown" Soundtrack. Otherwise, a nice feel-good CD. A must own for any jazz or Latin fan.
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A little bit of everything on this one ranging from lighthearted, aloof Peanuts tunes using your standard piano, bass, and drums(my personal favorite) to melodious latin grooves featuring a set of strings(not my personal favorite). As a Vince Guaraldi CD collector, this one I purchased halfway through completing my collection. But, I can assure you that this CD will either make a great start or an excellent finale. One aspect of Vince' musical style is that he knows how to evoke melody. Some artist almost seem like a chore to listen to, on the other hand, Vince is pure bliss.
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Greatest hits is an excellent collection of the work of Vince Guraldi. This collection is a very complete. It covers his music from the Black orpheus album to his peanuts years. It has virtually all of the major tracks that guraldi is famous for. If you're a casual Guraldi fan this is just for you. More serious fans might want to buy some of the individual cd's because most of the tracks are from them. Most of his individual cd's are just as good as this collection. But that's small potatoes. There's not much more that I can say about this album that hasn't been said before except BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
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Mostly relaxed vintage piano jazz. Baby boomers will recognize the "Charlie Brown" pieces, which are good in their own right, but I've heard them too much over the years. The rest of the cd is excellent- This is one to put on after a tough day at the office, as you sink into that big chair....
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For anyone who is a big fan of The Peanuts, this cd is definitely worthy of a 'Snoopy Dance.' For the younger jazz lover, if you're not familiar with The Peanuts, you are in for a huge treat! This cd features a wide variety of Guaraldi's best music, giving you a little taste of everything including select songs from Peanuts movies. This is one of my favorite cds to play at dinner parties and never fails to turn into a conversation piece. Young or young-at-heart, it's the perfect addition to every music collection.
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This is a great summary of the best of Vince Guaraldi's all to brief career of Jazz. From "Linus and Lucy" to "Cast your fate to the Wind" each and every song showcases the genious of sound that Guaraldi displayed. Those of you who watch the old Peanut cartoon specials will immediately recoginze the fantastic songs. But those are just a few of Guaraldi's songs, there were much more to listen to and enjoy. My favorite is "Cast your Fate to the Wind". Guaraldi has been gone for over 20 years now and he is sorely missed in the Jazz world, yet his music lives on and is still fresh today as it ever was.
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The GREATEST HITS of Vince Guaraldi is awesome!! Not one song is a sleeper (if you are a Jazz enthusiast, like me). You can't go wrong with this CD. Guaraldi is the phantom pianist of JOBIM. When GUARALDI hits those ivory bars you'll forget that it's not Jobim at the piano (unless you've watched all the episodes of the Peanuts and Charlie Brown cartoons). Vince has a style of his own, but one must have an ear for instrumentation and orchestration otherwise you could almost not tell the difference between Vince GUARALDI and Carlos Antonio JOBIM. **ANGI** Update: 1.15.03
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I purchased this CD after A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN, ORIGIONAL SOUNDTRACK. Still would recommend that CD first, this one second. Really enjoying this easy listening music. This is a great CD to play in the afternoon/evening for children. Enjoy!
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