Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits

Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits is a compilation album by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi (credited to the Vince Guaraldi Trio) released by Fantasy Records in 1998. The album was the first of several posthumous releases containing a mix of previously released material in addition to nine previously unavailable songs featured in prime-time animated television specials based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.[4]

Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits
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Compilation album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1998 (1998-09-08)
RecordedOctober 1964-December 1974, 1983, 1998
Genre
Length37:07
LabelFantasy
Vince Guaraldi chronology
Greatest Hits
(1980)
Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits
(1998)
Jazz Casual: Paul Winter/Bola Sete and Vince Guaraldi
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz5/5 stars[2]
Five Cents Please4/5 stars[3]

BackgroundEdit

Vince Guaraldi died of a sudden heart attack on February 6, 1976, at age 47, having composed music scores for 16 Peanuts television specials and the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Despite the wealth of material Guaraldi recorded for these specials, only three album's worth of Peanuts songs were released during his lifetime: Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and Oh Good Grief! (1968).

After the 1996 tribute album Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi by New Age pianist George Winston sparked renewed interest in Guaraldi's music, Fantasy Records assembled a compilation album in 1998, 22 years after Guaraldi's final Peanuts project (It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976)).[3]

Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits contains a mix of previously released material featured on the Fantasy releases Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas plus unreleased music cues from the latter as well as It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) and Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975). Several music cues were sourced directly from the television audio tracks and were licensed for inclusion from Lee Mendelson Film Productions.[3]

Fantasy also inadvertently included one non-Guaraldi track ("Joe Cool"), a composite of two music cues composed by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (CBS, 1983-85).[3][1] The title bears no relation to the multiple renditions of "Joe Cool" composed by Guaraldi during his lifetime.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang commented that the newly released material "is a joy, although some of these cuts are a bit 'muddy', and they lack the polish and studio perfection of Fantasy's earlier releases; they have an unsweetened quality, and display the uneven volume, jump starts and slow fades that betray their probable origins from television audio tracks."[3] AllMusic critic Cub Koda said the wealth of unreleased material was a "true goldmine" for fans.[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Vince Guaraldi except where noted. Proper titles appear with incorrectly titled tracks in parenthesis[1][3]

No.TitleWriter(s)NotesLength
1."Joe Cool"non-Guaraldi track; song is a composite of two untitled music cues composed by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show[3]2:07
2."Air Music" (mistitled "Surfin' Snoopy") sourced from television soundtrack of Charlie Brown's All Stars! (1966)1:11
3."Heartburn Waltz" sourced from television soundtrack of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)[3]2:38
4."Track Meet" variation of "Christmas Is Coming"[3]2:40
5."Camptown Races"Stephen Foster; arranged by Vince Guaraldi 2:25
6."Oh, Good Grief" (aka "Schroeder") vocal number sung by members of Glenn Mendelson's (son of Lee Mendelson) sixth-grade class; song is titled "Oh, Good Grief" but melody is taken from "Schroeder"[3]2:00
7."Charlie Brown Theme"
  • Vince Guaraldi
  • Lee Mendelson
previously released on Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964)2:00
8."Schroeder" previously released on Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown1:54
9."Charlie's Blues" (aka "Charlie Brown Blues/"Play It Again, Charlie Brown") sourced from television soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)[3]1:22
10."Great Pumpkin Waltz" sourced from television soundtrack of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)[3]2:29
11."Thanksgiving Theme" sourced from television soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973);[3] composite edit of versions 2 and 32:02
12."Linus and Lucy" previously released on Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)3:07
13."Christmas Time Is Here" (vocal)
  • Vince Guaraldi
  • Lee Mendelson
previously released on A Charlie Brown Christmas2:46
14."Christmas Time Is Here" (instrumental) previously released on A Charlie Brown Christmas6:03
Total length:37:07

Tracks 1−3 and 9−11 are sourced directly from their respective television soundtracks and appear in mono.[3]

PersonnelEdit

  • Vince Guaraldi – piano, electric keyboards
  • Monty Budwig – bass ("Charlie Brown Theme", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", "Linus and Lucy")
  • Fred Marshall – bass ("Christmas Time Is Here")
  • Puzzy Firth – bass ("Air Music")
  • Seward McCain – bass ("Heartburn Waltz", "Charlie's Blues", "Thanksgiving Theme")
  • Colin Bailey – drums ("Charlie Brown Theme", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", "Linus and Lucy")
  • Jerry Granelli – drums ("Christmas Time Is Here")
  • Mike Clark – drums ("Thanksgiving Theme")
  • Vince Lateano – drums ("Heartburn Waltz")
  • Eddie Duran – guitar ("Air Music")
  • John Gray – guitar ("Great Pumpkin Waltz")
  • Tom Harrell – trumpet ("Thanksgiving Theme")
  • Emanuel Klein – trumpet ("Great Pumpkin Waltz")
  • Chuck Bennett – trombone ("Thanksgiving Theme")
  • Ronnie Lang – woodwinds ("Great Pumpkin Waltz")
  • Bill Fitch – congas ("Camptown Races")
  • Benny Velarde – timbales ("Camptown Races")[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Koda, Cub. Review of Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits at AllMusic. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Payne, Douglas (October 1, 1998). "Vince Guaraldi Trio: Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits". All About Jazz. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Bang, Derrick. "Vince Guaraldi on LP and CD: Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits". fivecentsplease.org. Derrick Bang, Scott McGuire. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  4. ^ Vince Guaraldi at concord.com. Retrieved 5 April 2020

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