Good Grief! Charlie Brown [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

Good Grief! Charlie Brown [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

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by Vince Guaraldi
     
 

This Barnes & Noble exclusive double-disc pairs Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang's 1965 Christmas TV special with a tribute disc, 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas. To commemorate the special's 40th anniversary, Grammy-winning pianist and composer David Benoit assembled a musical homage featuring aSee more details below

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This Barnes & Noble exclusive double-disc pairs Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang's 1965 Christmas TV special with a tribute disc, 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas. To commemorate the special's 40th anniversary, Grammy-winning pianist and composer David Benoit assembled a musical homage featuring a host of R&B and jazz luminaries. Tampering with songs that have become so indelibly linked with childhood memories is risky, but Benoit succeeds by maintaining the sprightly arrangements and festive mood of Guaraldi's originals. Visions of Snoopy doing his happy dance spring to mind upon hearing the piano-driven "Linus and Lucy," peppered with saxophonist Dave Koz's riffs and a samba-flavored rhythm, while guitarist Norman Brown recalls George Benson on a version of "Skating" that bobs and weaves over crackling riffs and subtle scatting. Elsewhere, vocalists keep the mood flowing -- whether it's Brian McKnight crooning his way through "Christmas Time Is Here" over brushed drums, or Chaka Khan delivering a spare, torchy take on "The Christmas Song." Benoit does take liberties, adding a pair of songs not originally found on the show's soundtrack -- the Rippingtons' Mannheim Steamroller-flavored rendition of "Red Baron" and Toni Braxton's sultry run through "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" -- along with the Benoit-penned "Just Like Me," with vocals by Vanessa Williams, a tear-jerking nod to the scraggly tree at the center of the show's storyline. Mixing holiday nostalgia with snappy new tunes - and at a nice two-for-one price -- Good Grief! is just plain great.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0013431853824
catalogNumber:
8538

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. O Tannenbaum  - Monty Budwig
  2. O Tannenbaum  - Monty Budwig
  3. What Child Is This?  - Monty Budwig
  4. What Child Is This?  - Monty Budwig
  5. My Little Drum  - Monty Budwig
  6. My Little Drum  - Monty Budwig
  7. Linus and Lucy  - Monty Budwig
  8. Linus and Lucy  - Monty Budwig
  9. My Little Drum  - Rick Braun
  10. My Little Drum  - Rick Braun
  11. Skating  - Norman Brown
  12. Skating  - Norman Brown
  13. Skating  - Monty Budwig
  14. Skating  - Monty Budwig
  15. O Tannenbaum  - Gerald Albright
  16. O Tannenbaum  - Gerald Albright
  17. Red Baron  - Russ Freeman
  18. Red Baron  - Russ Freeman
  19. The Christmas Song  - Chaka Khan
  20. The Christmas Song  - Chaka Khan
  21. The Christmas Song  - Monty Budwig
  22. The Christmas Song  - Monty Budwig
  23. Greensleeves  - Monty Budwig
  24. Greensleeves  - Monty Budwig

Disc 2

  1. Greensleeves @@David Benoit Trio

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