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40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peak Records
  • ASIN: B000AYYTV2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was excited to receive this CD as a gift because the original Vince Guaraldi soundtrack has been one of my favorite Christmas CD's for years. Given the lineup of artists on this one, I figured it was a can't-miss. Well, with a few exceptions they miss about as badly as is possible, particularly the vocalists. I totally agree with the reviewer above who thought Chaka Khan sounded drunk--on top of a dirge-like tempo she's nowhere near the key, and her vocalese sounds like she's going to crash down off the barstool at any moment. Toni Braxton, there are some songs for which breathy/sexy is inappropriate, and you sure found one of them in "It's the most Wonderful Time of Year" (which, though a perfectly fine Christmas song, has no connection with Charlie Brown Christmas or Vince Guaraldi). Even Brian McKnight, usually the king of smooth, delivers an absolutely funereal version of "Christmas Time is Here".

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?"
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Vince Guaraldi's music has been a part of my life since I was a child. Most people have fond memories of this music in association with the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. I bought this CD because I'm a huge fan of Guaraldi's music and try to collect anything by him or associated with him. Unfortunately, this CD offers a poor product. Some of the tracks (like Fur Elise) stay very close to the original. Other tracks try to "modernize" or "reinterpret" the original--and don't do a very good job. My four year old daughter told me when we were listening to this CD, "Daddy, shut this off. They're ruining Charlie Brown." I must agree with my daughter on this one. Do yourself a favor and just purchase the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown's Christmas CD. Guaraldi's CD is one of the best selling Christmas CDs of all time (and with good reason). You won't be disappointed with Guaraldi's CD, however, I cannot make the same prediction with the 40 Years CD.
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This is the ultimate Christmas CD with all genre of artists. I love it because they sang Christmas music that we all are familiar with! The music was not manipulated either! I was happy with fast delivery, and the packaging was very protective! Thank you!
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40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas is Vince at his more familliar self as this captures many of the familliar Charlie Brown Christmas special songs and the memories come rushing as soon as you put it on. Great stuff here!
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The original Vince Guaraldi Trio 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is one of the the all-time classics for both jazz fans and lovers of Holiday music. As such, any attempt to re-do the work in its entirety-even by the best talent in the Jazz world- will struggle to reach that high bar. Trumpeter Rick Braun's version of 'My Little Drum' by sounds really nice, and Dave Koz's sax refreshes 'Linus and Lucy' well enough, but it seems like most of the other artists just showed up for the paycheck. The result is a mixed bag, and being as each track features a different jazz artist, there isn't even any real pattern throughout. Chaka Khan's rendition of 'The Christmas Song ' may be the worst ever recorded. Jazz snobs may get it, those particular to the simple beauty and unique flow of the original may not.
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Hey! It's Sydni again. I'm glad to switch things up a little and talk about music. My friends know me as the Charlie Brown Queen and how I LOVE everything Peanuts. I've listened through this album for years. I really started to get into it though about 3 years ago. I love Vince Guarldi and clearly if you are looking for Vince, you are looking on the wrong album and you can see that with all the 1 star ratings. The CD in my opinion takes a while to get used to, but if you want a little bit of a mix get this!
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Vince Guaraldi would be proud...this CD is a beautiful and wonderful listening experience; fit for anytime of the year, especially during the holiday season. Top notch talent from David Benoit, Vanessa Williams, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, and many more collaborated to bring this fantastic 40 year tribute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special" performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (easily one of the most elegant, sultry, and good memory inducing...Christmas Jazz albums of all time).

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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