A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Originally entitled Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown, this is an important album not only because it is Guaraldi's first Peanuts soundtrack, but also because the music heard here probably introduced millions of kids and their parents to jazz from the mid-'60s onward. Actually, this music is the score for a documentary on the Peanuts phenomenon called A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which ran before the first Peanuts specials per se appeared on the CBS network. The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Originally entitled Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown, this is an important album not only because it is Guaraldi's first Peanuts soundtrack, but also because the music heard here probably introduced millions of kids and their parents to jazz from the mid-'60s onward. Actually, this music is the score for a documentary on the Peanuts phenomenon called A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which ran before the first Peanuts specials per se appeared on the CBS network. The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, inventive, and lighthearted in his piano work here than ever. It must have been quite a delightful shock back then to hear a straight-ahead jazz trio Guaraldi, Monty Budwig, bass; Colin Bailey, drums backing all those cartoon figures and genuine children's voices, a mordant running musical commentary that made its own philosophical points. The music on this album laid the groundwork for much that was to come; here is the first appearance of the well-known bossa nova-influenced "Linus and Lucy," and fans of the series will recognize such themes from future episodes as "Baseball Theme" and "Oh, Good Grief" which is a rewrite of the Dixie Belles' hit "Down at Papa Joe's". The original LP came with 12 bonus lithographs of Charles Schulz's celebrated Peanuts drawings; the only extra thing the CD issue offers is a gratuitous outtake of "Fly Me to the Moon."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/1989
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218843027
  • Catalog Number: 8430
  • Sales rank: 92,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, Good Grief! - Vince Guaraldi (2:24)
  2. 2 Pebble Beach - Vince Guaraldi (2:50)
  3. 3 Happiness Is - Vince Guaraldi (3:43)
  4. 4 Schroeder - Vince Guaraldi (1:53)
  5. 5 Charlie Brown Theme - Vince Guaraldi (4:23)
  6. 6 Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi (3:06)
  7. 7 Blue Charlie Brown - Vince Guaraldi (7:29)
  8. 8 Baseball Theme - Vince Guaraldi (3:15)
  9. 9 Freda (With the Naturally Curly Hair) - Vince Guaraldi (4:37)
  10. 10 Fly Me to the Moon - Vince Guaraldi (8:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Guaraldi Trio Primary Artist
Vince Guaraldi Indexed Contributor, Piano, Track Performer
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Colin Bailey Drums
Monty Budwig Bass
Technical Credits
Vince Guaraldi Composer
George Horn Mastering
Lee Mendelson Composer, Liner Notes
Tamaki Beck Mastering
Bart Howard Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First Class Jazz

    Riding on the wave in the 60's with Dave Brubeck, Guaraldi hits a bullseye with this contemporary album. You can't help but feeling good when listening to this album, and it brings back pleasant memories of childhood days. Right at the top of his game on this one! JN Colorado Springs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Album Is Great

    It has all the old tunes from when I was groing up!

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