40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas
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Even the instrumentals don't get off unscathed: "Red Baron", by the Rippingtons, is a masterpiece of bland everything-sounds-the-same smooth jazz and also has nothing to do with Charlie Brown Christmas (or Christmas at all, for that matter), and the opening track, "Christmas is Coming" by David Benoit sounds like the opening to a Christmas musical comedy.
There are a couple of bright spots: Norman Brown, always tasteful and creative, does a good job with "Skating", and the work of Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Rick Braun is at least competent.
The main problem here is that nothing contained in this set improves on, or even approaches the original (assuming it has someting to do with the original in the first place, which isn't always the case), leading to the unanswerable question of "What's the point?"
David Benoit's "Christmas is Coming" is one of the most exciting and exhilirating tracks on the CD...what a wonderful way to open the album.
Brian McKnight adds the smoothness to "Christmas Time Is Here"; his excellent vocals, backed by excellent music will surely turn this version of the timeless song into one of radio's most requested tunes for the holidays.
Toni Braxton keeps it sultry on "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". If you're a fan of Toni Braxton's vocals...you'll be hooked on this song.
I won't go into the rest of the album, I'll let you be surprised. You will love this CD! "40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas" is destined to become an instant classic. Don't be a "block head" as Lucy would say...buy this CD, enjoy it!
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I got this collection as a gift, and I love it....its a great collection, lots of great artists....one to be treasured.Published 23 months ago by Joshua W
Excellent quality recording, I was pleasantly surprised to hear such a dynamic sound. I my opinion the sound is great and the songs, except a few are a pleasure to listen to.Published on January 4, 2014 by VP
Not the soundtrack, which I also own and recommend. The original Charlie Brown tunes recorded by some of today's best jazz and smooth jazz artists. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by AndroMike-eda
When I first listened, I thought I was being punked.
But I keep the CD around for one reason: Chaka Khan. Deliciously horrible.
Who thought of doing this project, Scrooge? There are far too many hideous Christmas songs and albums that have oozed onto the airways, but this is as bad it gets. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Bill Gray