Almost everyone is intimately familiar with A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and it has appeared on probably every album blog you frequent in the past week. There’s a problem, though, and let me nail it down for you. In 2006 Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS was remastered, and in their infinite wisdom Concord/Fantasy decided to use alternate takes for many classic tracks. This was a pretty stupid move to pull with an album etched permanently in peoples’ minds from infancy.
What I posted is a rip of the 1988 180g vinyl from before the whole mess. This version also has the take of Greensleeves everyone actually remembers and wants, why they substituted it with an alternate bonus track version is BEYOND me. Basically, you can trust me to get the real version up.
But, that wasn’t enough. I remembered that there were dozens of cues and tunes Guaraldi did for various Charlie Brown specials that I loved growing up. I figured I’d get them all together here, since they all compliment the CHRISTMAS LP very well, and provide a great set-it-and-forget-it score to the big day today.
There’s overlap between these, A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN features tracks that scored a documentary on Schultz, which was meant to promote, and secure funds for, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. HOLIDAY HITS and LOST CUES share some tracks and themes with the rest, but they do include stuff like IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!
If you have LOST CUES VOL. 2 in 320 drop me a comment!