Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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by Vince Guaraldi Trio
     
 

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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit

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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. "What Child Is This" touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while "The Christmas Song" reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned "Linus and Lucy" gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. "Christmastime Is Here," perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem "Skating," which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune "Christmas Is Coming" really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on "Greensleeves." As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. ~ Shawn Haney

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218843126
catalogNumber:
8431
Rank:
1129

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A Charlie Brown Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BookstoreBob More than 1 year ago
Nothing says "Christmas" like A Charlie Brown Christmas. Guaraldi's interpretation of well-known Christmas songs, as well as his original music written for the classic TV special, are timeless. My favorite Christmas album of all time and one of the top five best CDs of any type ever recorded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter how old I get these songs will always take me back to a little girl anxiously awaiting her favorite time of year. Christmas Time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album the first time I heard it. The second time I listened to it was after I bought my own copy. Charlie Brown's Christmas is not just for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want your ears to experience a true christmas sound? Then this cd is it! It's full of fantastic and picturesque melodies that will get you dancing around the christmas tree. Not only is this cd appropriate for the holiday season, but you'll want to play it all year around! Who can wait until christmas to hear the track ''Linus And Lucy''? Way tooo irresistable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only things missing is mom's popcorn balls, hot apple cider, and the Dolly Madison commercials.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The genious of Vince Gauraldi's ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' is a timeless classic for music lovers and yuletide celebrators alike. Each piece revels in the soul of the season and compliments Charles Schultz's beloved Peanuts gang. It's hard to find an album that has the perfect mix of jazz and season with the necessary sprinkle of childhood innocence but Gauraldi delivers it here in mastery form. Would that there were more albums like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed listening to the music as I read the book. It has become a tradition that the Christmas season doesn't begin until we've listened to the music on this album. The music has such movement and moves you,too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true wholesome sound of Christmas. You cannot help but to think of good times and family. ''Linus and Lucy'' really put the cherry on top of this album with its graceful sounds. I love this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most reviewers say something about this CD taking them back to childhood, well, I still am a ''child'' (of 18) and have listened to these songs every Christmas since before I can remember. I'm sure playing this CD will become a Christmas tradition in your family as it is in mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful and sophisticated album, and the best part is its inspirations come from the innocence of a magical holiday and the innocence of an equally magical cartoon. Each listen fills me with nostalgia and emotion. Some tracks flow with a slight sadness ... others explode with joy. No other Christmas album is better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a JOY this CD is to listen to! I bought it for the holidays last year and it is worth every penny! The beautiful melodies and incredible jazz ensembles surpass any other holiday music I've ever listened to! I cannot get enough of this collection! Vince Guaraldi is a master at his craft and anyone who purchases this CD will no doubt be in possesion of a masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is not just for x-mas .its a all year round album.Vince Guaraldi takes classic x-mas songs ,such as o Tannebaum and puts a fantastic Jazz sound to it ,and many others...Its not just for x-mas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will remind you of Christmas, Charlie Brown, and Friends. Vince does an excellent job of introducing youth to jazz music. His light melodies and rythms mixes with the harmony of piano, bass violn, and drums. Truly a very good present for the jazz enthusiast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas better than this classic soundtrack. It takes me back to when you had to wait all year for CBS to air the show. I have introduced "Peanuts" to my kids so I can share these wonderful memories with them. I'm sure it will leave a lasting memory on them as it has on their Dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The VGT has come through yet again with this digitally remastered classic. The original release date was Christmas 1988. The music truly brings the Christmas spirit into your home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YOU KNOW CHRISTMAS IS HERE WHEN YOU SEE "CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" AIRS ON T.V. BUT WHY WAIT TILL THAT SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR? THIS ALBUM IS GREAT TO LISTEN TO ALL YEAR ROUND! "LINUS AND LUCY" MAKES EXCELLENT DRIVING MUSIC AS DO THE REST!!!! I LOVE THIS ALBUM!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shhhh...please don't tell anyone but I love this music so much I listen to it year round.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and watch how quickly your co-workers turn their music down and ask you to turn yours up. This is powerful whimsical stuff and seems to chase stress away. Definitely listen to it in the car!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone loves this music, plain and simple. Guaraldi's tunes have become synonymous with Christmas and I have never seen a face fail to light up when his holiday music comes over the stereo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I was little, I'd always look forward to watching every Christmas show on TV. But, A Charlie Brown Christmas was my favorite one and this CD reflects it and its wonderful songs. My favorite songs are 'Heark the Herald Angel's Sing' & 'Fur Elise' These songs demonstrate the simplicity of the movie that goes along with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can enjoy this masterpiece year round.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As most have said already, it's not just for xmas, although it is a great CD to listen to during the holiday season. Some great music and the remastered version gives us a better sound. Go get it now in time for the holidays and then listen to it all year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is pure therapy! It is much cheaper and soothing than any professional could provide. It definitely relieves stress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago