Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas: You cannot fuck with this album.

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HI DERE, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:22 (twelve years ago) link

The highlight: Skating

chaki, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:23 (twelve years ago) link

is all of his stuff like this? i saw a used record yesterday that was hella cheap but i didn't know if it was all official awesome stuff like this

M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:24 (twelve years ago) link

"Skating" is so the highlight that I almost have problems with a lot of the rest of the record, actually.

nabisco, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:28 (twelve years ago) link

you're fucking with the unfuckwithable, n.

chaki, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:30 (twelve years ago) link

"Skating" IS great!

I knew this would be a Chaki thread.

roxymuzak, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:32 (twelve years ago) link

Where is the thread Ned started about this album where we later discovered that Colin Bailey and Monty Budwig probably didn't play on "Linus and Lucy"?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

Well, here's the story at any rate: Snoopy Dogged

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:54 (twelve years ago) link

And here's the thread: Reissue of the Year

dad a, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:58 (twelve years ago) link

apparently they did fuck with it though; that remaster has the wrong take of Linus and Lucy as well as some other weird problems.

akm, Friday, 7 December 2007 23:00 (twelve years ago) link

This album rules so hard.

is all of his stuff like this? i saw a used record yesterday that was hella cheap but i didn't know if it was all official awesome stuff like this

-- M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, December 7, 2007 4:24 PM (56 minutes ago)

definitely search the albums he did with Bola Sete. not really "like this" (more bossa nova inflected) but pretty awesome.

Stormy Davis, Friday, 7 December 2007 23:30 (twelve years ago) link

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus is great and features his big hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," always the most rocking song on the Muzak playlist.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 8 December 2007 01:10 (twelve years ago) link

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is like this.

Bobbi Peru, Saturday, 8 December 2007 01:49 (twelve years ago) link

UNFUCKWITHABLE!!!

-- chaki, Friday, December 7, 2007 2:21 PM (Friday, December 7, 2007 2:21 PM) Bookmark Link

QFT

The Reverend, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:00 (twelve years ago) link

One of the best reasons to look forward to December: the right to play this album without feeling guilty.

o. nate, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:10 (twelve years ago) link

I feel no guilt, ever. I'll rock this shit year round.

Bobbi Peru, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

^^^Upstanding citizen.

The Reverend, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:19 (twelve years ago) link

Oddly listening to it right now, over a glass of cheap red wine with the Missus. Agreed. Unfuckwithable (as I wrote here back in 2005.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

"in person" has a nice mix of standards like "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Jitterbug Waltz" with some Brazilian numbers, but I haven't really listened to it enough.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:35 (twelve years ago) link

(missed chance to make cheap joke about honoring the yule log fire)

James Redd and the Blecchs, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:36 (twelve years ago) link

teh charlie brown easter soundtrack is awesome - guaraldi fuzz-bass acid rock

Edward III, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:40 (twelve years ago) link

jamz kick in @ 1:49

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8qbXoeaOOE

Edward III, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:53 (twelve years ago) link

snoopy-san

Edward III, Saturday, 8 December 2007 02:57 (twelve years ago) link

古い録音テープから、Windowsムービーメーカーを使って復元しました。

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 8 December 2007 03:17 (twelve years ago) link

"Christmas is Coming" = BEST EVAR

The Reverend, Saturday, 8 December 2007 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

as much as i want to be the first contrarian on this thread, i cant. totally, 100% unfuckwitable. best bargain-bin find i've ever had at princeton record exchange.

max, Saturday, 8 December 2007 20:11 (twelve years ago) link

Listening to this now and lord but I love this record. Never much paid attention to it before, but the sequencing is so terrific!

Clay, Saturday, 8 December 2007 23:22 (twelve years ago) link

i.e., the way "Hark the Herald Angel Sings" transitions into the relatively (for this album) hard running jazz of "Christmas is Coming" is so great to me.

Clay, Saturday, 8 December 2007 23:22 (twelve years ago) link

is all of his stuff like this? i saw a used record yesterday that was hella cheap but i didn't know if it was all official awesome stuff like this

-- M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, December 7, 2007 4:24 PM (56 minutes ago)

definitely search the albums he did with Bola Sete. not really "like this" (more bossa nova inflected) but pretty awesome.

-- Stormy Davis, Friday, December 7, 2007 5:30 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus is great and features his big hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," always the most rocking song on the Muzak playlist.

-- James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, December 7, 2007 7:10 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

seconding Jazz Impressions... and highly recommending From All sides w/ Bola Sete.

will, Saturday, 8 December 2007 23:38 (twelve years ago) link

apparently they did fuck with it though; that remaster has the wrong take of Linus and Lucy as well as some other weird problems.

-- akm, Friday, December 7, 2007 11:00 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Link

What???

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 9 December 2007 03:24 (twelve years ago) link

yeah how could you fuck up THAT ONE out of all the tracks?

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 9 December 2007 03:49 (twelve years ago) link

i dunno, you can read the amazon comments about it as well as other places on the internet. the earlier version (for instance, the same version you can buy at starbucks) has the correct takes, and apparently some boxed version you can find at costco and best buy on a candian label have correct songs; but the remaster (which has 'greensleeves' added) is all messed up

akm, Sunday, 9 December 2007 04:23 (twelve years ago) link

Never noticed it being different before. There's an alternate take of "Linus and Lucy" as a bonus track that's markedly different, but it's a bonus, not a substitution.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 9 December 2007 08:01 (twelve years ago) link

okay, it's this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Vince-Guaraldi/dp/B000ICLSMY/r

not the one pictured uptop that is messed up.

akm, Sunday, 9 December 2007 21:31 (twelve years ago) link

Since the thread title begs, I will fuck with this album.
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing". It's cute, but can also be a mood killer.

Bobbi Peru, Thursday, 13 December 2007 01:12 (twelve years ago) link

i duno man that intro is haunting and the singy part reminds me of the cartoon

chaki, Thursday, 13 December 2007 01:16 (twelve years ago) link

What mood does it kill, exactly?

Clay, Thursday, 13 December 2007 01:28 (twelve years ago) link

The light jazzy mellow mood. I like the intro a lot, but when they start belting it out... sometimes I skip.

Bobbi Peru, Thursday, 13 December 2007 01:46 (twelve years ago) link

chaki you are so right, it's impossible to have this album on and be sad.

J.D., Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:27 (twelve years ago) link

only thing it's missing is that awesome little "snoopy" theme that plays when he's decorating the doghouse.

J.D., Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:28 (twelve years ago) link

... sometimes I skip.
http://www.animateit.net/data/thumbnails/105/6fc43d4c.gif

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

I love this album.

Michael White, Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:55 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, I think i'm gonna bring it to the office tomorrow.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

'christmas time is here' is the saddest song ever, how can you put it on and NOT be sad?

akm, Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

The funny thing is of course how the lyrics are anything but that -- it's a gentle celebration when read, and even sung. I wouldn't call it flat out sad as a result, but it's certainly wistful, and in a 1966 context almost seems like it was meant to function in the same nostalgic headspace as "I'll Be Home For Christmas" did a generation earlier. Now that it's become part of all our collective memories, the function has transformed away from being part of a welcoming thought of 'what Christmas is like' -- it, along with the ice-skating part, was the first thing that anyone saw/heard of the special upon first broadcast -- to something else entirely.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:37 (twelve years ago) link

Yep, unfuckwithable. And who could forget this:

http://the-op.com/images/episode/204/gm-snoopy_sm.jpg

Myonga Vön Bontee, Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

This is in my top 10 ever, so I'm not hating. But, has anyone else felt jarred by the Hark the Herald Angels number? I feel like it's at a different volume than the rest of the record.

Bobbi Peru, Thursday, 13 December 2007 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

LP on sale for $7!
http://www.turntablelab.com/vinyl/147/434/2635.html

mizzell, Thursday, 20 December 2007 13:17 (twelve years ago) link

It truly is one of the very few albums I can listen to in seemingly endless rotations (so long as it's December, that is).

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 20 December 2007 13:23 (twelve years ago) link

way early i know but i'm just giving 'skating' my first listen of the year and :').

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Monday, 22 November 2010 23:50 (nine years ago) link

I'm considering using Skating at my wedding next May.

let's all go down the strand.....galifianaaakis (MaresNest), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:12 (nine years ago) link

i for one would offer much in the way of :') to that.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:14 (nine years ago) link

The only Christmas album worth owning. All the others are cheesy classless novelties.

That's not a "laugh track", it's an audience and you're in it. (MintIce), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:38 (nine years ago) link

Gidouddahere.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:40 (nine years ago) link

The only Christmas album worth owning. All the others are cheesy classless novelties.

This is a falsehood.

seandalai, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:47 (nine years ago) link

have often played this album on repeat for hours without tiring of it.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 01:16 (nine years ago) link

Thanks for the revive; just bought a real copy of this. Beautiful.

Captain Ostensible (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:53 (nine years ago) link

watched the thanksgiving special the other day, and loved the music on that one too. the collegiate-sounding theme is available on comps, but don't think the soundtrack has been released on cd. linus and lucy theme gets a cool, faux-boogaloo reading too

Dominique, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:00 (nine years ago) link

Thanks for the revive; just bought a real copy of this. Beautiful.

I picked up a copy earlier this year and have been waiting all year to play it! Think I'll wait until it gets cold though, feels wrong to play it when the high is 68F.

need to impressive a girl? (Z S), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:05 (nine years ago) link

is cankles the boob who hates Harpo Marx too?

― Dr Morbius

the fuck u talkin bout blorbius???? i love the marx bros!!

― cankles

buzza, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:09 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

is there a good way to hear the music from all the other specials? you'd figure there would be a box set or something by now, but no such luck.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 22 December 2014 19:46 (five years ago) link

there's a CD of the big songs from all the holiday albums, has some overlap with the xmas album but not too much.

this is the only christmas album i really need (even though i have a bunch more). sometimes i think it's the only album i need at all!

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 05:05 (five years ago) link

This year I went all out and practically played it every day this month. And I never once got tired of that.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 05:35 (five years ago) link

My son's been working on Christmas Time is Here on the piano for the last couple weeks. It's been pretty sweet!

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 06:06 (five years ago) link

always excited to have a damp snowfall with big fluffy flakes b/c it enhances 'skating' tenfold

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:53 (five years ago) link

There was a show on PBS I think about him last year that was pretty great. I have most of his albums plus some other mellow piano-based stuff in a playlist titled "Snoopyjazz."

Start with A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (1957) and work yr way from there! Some of his tunes get an interesting orchestrated treatment in The Charlie Brown Suite, and George Winston did a couple albums of his music and isn't too bad either.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:38 (five years ago) link

heard some kind of indie take on Christmas Time at the grocery store this morning. didn't really live up to the original...

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:47 (five years ago) link

This is the only Christmas album I ever need. Though I do also enjoy the Fahey Christmas record(s) that all the vinyl shops are always trying to get rid of.

Evan, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:41 (five years ago) link

heard some kind of indie take on Christmas Time at the grocery store this morning. didn't really live up to the original...

― Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:47 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

department of superfluous second sentences

man alive, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:11 (five years ago) link

so sad that guaraldi didn't really live long enough to see his tunes become standards

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 01:38 (five years ago) link

I have listened to this album about 10-15 times this month alone. Not Christmas specific to me any more, it works all Winter, but I only really ramp it up in December. Somed days "Skating" is the best song, but all of them have a special place for me.

There is a really great cover of "Christmas Time Is Here" by Lambchop out there. Kurt Wagner does a pretty funny spoken-word little ad lib in the middle. Well worth checking out if you can find it.

grandavis, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 21:44 (five years ago) link

I did some baking this morning while this was playing, so calming & beautiful

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 21:50 (five years ago) link

"Skating" definitely the perfect soundtrack to the step where you shake powdered sugar on the cookies.

Evan, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 22:19 (five years ago) link

otm

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 December 2014 02:36 (five years ago) link

Banging this shit rn what up

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 December 2014 18:37 (five years ago) link

Me too this morning, right after the unsurpassable nat king cole Xmas album

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 25 December 2014 18:37 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

officemate has ben playing this all morning. Our room is a happy little corner rn

sktsh, Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:46 (three years ago) link

I tried to fuck with this album and it fucked me up.

This is the only Christmas music that I keep in my regular off-season rotation.

Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Incomplete Filmography (Old Lunch), Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:39 (three years ago) link

Dilla, late '95: The Parcyde's Splattitorium. The VG trio hanging on a pedal point bassline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_qwK-0xmZ8

PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:19 (three years ago) link

have to agree with upthread posters about only listening in december. been listening since i was a kid and it's tied to so many strong memories (and like, smells)

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:23 (three years ago) link

for better or worse i tend to compare any waltz to Skating. Super-perfection

PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:12 (three years ago) link

jazz impressions of black orpheus is the one you can listen to outside of december to get yr guaraldi fix

ciderpress, Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:17 (three years ago) link

VG's black Orpheus is certainly one of the cooler outings

my non-seasonal VG trio has been A Boy Named Charlie Brown sdtk

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41gA9mQq7CL.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6DuzxtQyc4

PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:40 (three years ago) link

redundant, i sorry

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is like this.

― Bobbi Peru, Friday, December 7, 2007 8:49 PM (eight years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:42 (three years ago) link

I was gonna play "A Boy Named..." just last night but couldn't find my copy, grrr! Need to re-organize again.

(Ended up putting on a Guaraldi best-of instead)

“a tub of horses” (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:12 (three years ago) link

"great pumpkin waltz" is still my fav autumn/halloween time music

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:21 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

gets me every time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvI_FNrczzQ

infinity (∞), Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:20 (two years ago) link

i heard "Linus and Lucy" twice yesterday, once played live by Los Straitjackets

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:23 (two years ago) link

My number one album every December. Never gets tired.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link

well, thats my xmas groove kickstarted.

mark e, Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:23 (two years ago) link

i love "my little drum"

dyl, Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:55 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

is this the greatest album of all time? I say yes

k3vin k., Sunday, 1 September 2019 04:03 (nine months ago) link

it probably is my desert island pick

there was a new yorker article a while back about vince guaraldi and i would've posted it here but it was by some serious jazz guy and the tone of the piece was so negative and condescending it bummed me out

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 1 September 2019 04:22 (nine months ago) link

I usually only put this on in the wintertime, but I'm feeling especially sad tonight and there aren't many records that can bum me out as this one can. it's hard for me to separate this from the CBS special, which somewhat embrassingly might be one of my favorite 'films'

k3vin k., Sunday, 1 September 2019 04:31 (nine months ago) link

a lot of guaraldi's other work feels very melancholy to me. i'm not sure whether that's something i'm projecting onto it because of this album/special, but i find this track in particular just crushingly sad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R19lxut_dw

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 1 September 2019 05:04 (nine months ago) link

i moved into a new apartment the other day, cheaper than my old one, and much better in every way. i'm already a homebody - this is not good for me. i never want to leave home.

anyway, i unpacked the record player and this album first, and played it as we started organizing our new home. every single song is an all-timer imo

i am also larry mullen jr (Karl Malone), Sunday, 1 September 2019 05:59 (nine months ago) link

get out and catch some snowflakes on your tongue. they taste like sugar

maffew12, Sunday, 1 September 2019 10:47 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

Jerry Granelli is still going strong, loving his Plays The Music Of Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison album.

calzino, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:17 (two weeks ago) link


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