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Chipmunks Greatest Christmas Hits
     

The Chipmunks Greatest Christmas Hits

by Alvin & the Chipmunks
 

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This mid-priced title draws upon the two volumes of Christmas With the Chipmunks, which were issued in the early '60s and quickly became seasonal traditions for kids of all ages, although in the wake of Beatlemania many thought that the Chipmunks were a clever rodent-related rip on the

Overview

This mid-priced title draws upon the two volumes of Christmas With the Chipmunks, which were issued in the early '60s and quickly became seasonal traditions for kids of all ages, although in the wake of Beatlemania many thought that the Chipmunks were a clever rodent-related rip on the Fab Four. In reality, the name was actually suggested by the children of the multimedia mastermind Ross Bagdasarian. In fact, the moniker dated back to his 1958 hit novelty platter, "Witch Doctor." Although fictitious, the names of the primary characters, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, were a nod to Liberty Records higher-ups Al Bennett (Alvin) and Si Warnoker (Simon) as well as the label's sound engineer, Ted Keep (Theodore). These three typical adolescent vermin were cared for by the bachelor/father human personality named Dave Seville. The concept even spawned a weekly prime time animated television program called The Alvin Show, which aired from October 14, 1961, through September 12, 1962, on CBS-TV. In terms of musicality, the vari-speed manipulated recording may seem a tad trite (or exceedingly nerve-grating) to modern listeners. However, what better way to introduce the joys of traditional holiday music than with an infectiously funny and at times simply silly trio of highly identifiable icons, who are also a child's emotional and psychological peers. A cursory glance at the track listing reveals a host of familiar favorites such as "Deck the Halls," "Up on the House-Top," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)," and Bagdasarian's "Wonderful Day," as well as two versions of the one that started it all, "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" -- the original 1958 rendition and a 1968 remake featuring an incipient incarnation of the R&B rockers Canned Heat.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352138326
catalogNumber:
21383

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Performance Credits

Alvin & the Chipmunks   Primary Artist
Canned Heat   Track Performer
Marc Rashba   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Marlene Bergman   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Kelly Joiner   Producer,Production Concept
Marc Rashba   Production Concept
Cindy Malig   Production Concept
Tammy Kizer   Producer,Production Concept
Oakley Haldeman   Composer

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