Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas Cd - TAF10271 - Original Soundtrack/Vince Guaraldi Trio: Vince Guaraldi; Fred Marshall (bass guitar); Jerry Granelli.
The pianist Vince Guaraldi's scores for the PEANUTS animated features added immeasurably to the utter charm and ultimate success of those TV productions. Whatever the context, Guaraldi always made real jazz, never dumbing down the music for whatever potential audience he was writing and playing for. Of course, it helped that Guaraldi always played in a concise Latin-derived popular style in the first place.
A mixture of traditional Christmas tunes, Guaraldi originals (" Linus & Lucy," the lovely " Christmas Time Is Here" ), and even a little Beethoven (" Fur Elise" ), A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is one holiday album that can be enjoyed all year 'round. It's quite possible that Guaraldi made more than one lifetime jazz fan with these timeless tracks.
Original soundtrack recording of the CBS television special recorded in 1965, tracks include 'O Tannenbaum', 'What Child Is This', 'My Little Drum', 'Linus and Lucy', 'Christmas Time Is Here' (instrumental), 'Christmas Time Is Here' (vocal), 'skating', 'Hark, The Herald Angels Sing', 'Christmas Is Coming', 'Fur Elise', 'The Christmas Song' & 'Greensleeves'. Fantasy Records. 1988.