Deluxe Gatefold 180g Vinyl 2LP Reissue with New Stereo Mix and Newly Discovered Session Tracks; Audio Remixed and Mastered by Paul Blakemore from the Original 3-Track and 2-Track Sources
Ever since its debut in 1965, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album A Charlie Brown Christmas has reigned supreme as a Yuletide classic. The beloved Peanuts animated special from which it sprang was a sensation the first time it aired on CBS-TV, and so was its cool soundtrack by the veteran Bay Area pianist, which introduced countless children to the joys of jazz. Buoyed by annual airings of the program, the album has remained extremely popular ever since and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016.
While A Charlie Brown Christmas may well be Vince Guaraldi's best-known recording (it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry five years later), it was by no means his first success. The San Francisco native emerged as vibraphonist Cal Tjader's rock-solid pianist before forming a trio and launching his own recording career during the mid-50s on the Bay Area-based Fantasy label. In late 1962, Guaraldi's irresistible original "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" became a surprise national hit - a rare example of a jazz pianist cracking the upper reaches of the pop charts.
Television producer Lee Mendelson heard "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and asked Guaraldi to write the score for A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was such a triumph that Guaraldi composed the music for 17 Peanuts television specials in all, a spectacular streak ended only by his untimely death in 1976 at the age of 47. However, A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the pianist's crowning achievement! Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang even goes so far as to say, "Back people into a corner and limit them to just one holiday album for the rest of their lives, and I suspect that an impressive number of folks, jazz fans or not, would select this one!"
This deluxe 180g vinyl 2LP set of A Charlie Brown Christmas features a brand-new stereo mix of the classic album remastered from the original three-track and two-track sources on record number one. The second record features thirteen unreleased outtakes, highlights taken from five sessions of recording material that are amazing in their own right and show how this iconic score took shape. Housed in a gatefold jacket, the set also features new liner notes from Peanuts historian, Derrick Bang.
- Deluxe 180g vinyl 2LP reissue from Craft Recordings
- LP1 features a new stereo mix from the original analog sources
- LP2 contains newly discovered material consisting of 13 highlights from five sessions’ worth of recording session material
- Audio remixed and mastered by Paul Blakemore from the original three-track and two-track sources
- Gatefold jacket packaging with new liner notes from Peanuts historian, Derrick Bang
- O Tannenbaum
- What Child Is This
- My Little Drum
- Linus & Lucy
- Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
- Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
- Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
- Christmas Is Coming
- Für Elise
- The Christmas Song
- O Tannenbaum (Take 2/recorded September 21, 1965)
- O Tannenbaum (Take 3/recorded September 21, 1965)
- Greensleeves (Take 6/recorded October 28, 1965)
- Linus And Lucy (Take 1/recorded September 17, 1965)
- Christmas Time Is Here (Take 1/recorded September 17, 1965)
- Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) (Rehearsal/recording Date Unknown)
- Christmas Time Is Here (Take 4/recording Date Unknown)
- Skating (Take 1/recorded September 22, 1965)
- Jingle Bells (Takes 1-4/recorded September 21, 1965)
- Christmas Is Coming (Take 3/recorded September 17, 1965)
- Christmas Is Coming (Take 3/recorded September 21, 1965)
- Für Elise (Takes 1-2/recording Date Unknown)
- The Christmas Song (Take 8/recorded October 28, 1965)