The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi

The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi is the 11th and penultimate studio album by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, released in the U.S. by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in March 1969.[1] In a departure from his standard jazz output, Guaraldi experimented with electric keyboard and electric harpsichord in preparation of the release of the album, which he also produced and arranged.[1]

The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1969[1]
RecordedLate 1968-Early 1969
StudioGolden State Studios, San Francisco, California[2]
Genre
Length45:28
LabelWarner Bros.-Seven Arts
ProducerVince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi chronology
Oh Good Grief!
(1968)
The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi
(1969)
Alma-Ville
(1969)

BackgroundEdit

Vince Guaraldi's final three albums released during his lifetime were recorded for Warner Bros.-Seven Arts after spending considerable time struggling to extricate himself from Fantasy Records.[2] Warner signed Guaraldi to a three-record deal, and insisted that his inaugural release consist of his Peanuts songs. Guaraldi responded with new renditions of eight of his most popular scores from those programs on his first release, Oh Good Grief!.[3]

Guaraldi was then given complete artistic control over his sophomore, self-produced Warner effort, The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi, resulting in an unfocused and overindulgent album that was not well received by both critics and consumers.[1] Only one track, "Lucifer's Lady", would eventually be featured in the film A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and the television special, Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971).[2] The album is notable for featuring a cover of The Beatles’ song "Yesterday".[1]

A remastered edition of The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi was released in July 6, 2018, by Omnivore Recordings as part of the 2-CD set The Complete Warner Bros.–Seven Arts Recordings.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Five Cents Please     [1]

The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi received mixed reviews from critics. In a retrospective review by Richard S. Ginell on AllMusic, he commented that Guaraldi "roams farther afield than ever — playing piano and electric harpsichord, experimenting with sleek string backdrops, dabbling with the guitar." Ginell also called Guaraldi's "amateur Bohemian vocal" attempts at singing Tim Hardin's "Black Sheep Boy" and "Reason to Believe" "rather endearing." Ginell concluded by saying Guaraldi "generally keeps things at a low-key level, which gives this scattershot album at least a veneer of unity."[2]

Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang offered a mediocre review, saying "everybody's allowed to be grotesquely self-indulgent once, but this overproduced album...is well-named even by the most magnanimous standards," added that Guaraldi's vocals are "untrained at best, off-key at worst, and ill-advised in both cases." Bang points out that Guaraldi's "traditional acoustic jazz persona" is only represented by "Once I Loved" and Ervin Drake's "It Was a Very Good Year."[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Vince Guaraldi, except where noted.

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nobody Else" 3:15
2."Lucifer's Lady" 6:56
3."Black Sheep Boy"Tim Hardin2:42
4."Once I Loved"8:30
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."The Beat Goes On"Sonny Bono3:54
6."Yesterday"3:36
7."Coffee and Doe-Nuts" 7:03
8."Reason to Believe"Hardin2:57
9."It Was a Very Good Year"Ervin Drake6:35
Total length:45:28

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bang, Derrick. "Vince Guaraldi on LP and CD: The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi". fivecentsplease.org. Derrick Bang, Scott McGuire. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ginell, Richard S.. The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi at AllMusic. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. The Complete Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Recordings at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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