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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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O Tannenbaum
5:08  
02
What Child Is This
2:25  
03
My Little Drum
3:12  
04
Linus and Lucy
3:06  
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Christmas Time Is Here (Intrumental)
6:05  
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Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
2:47  
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Skating
2:27  
08
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
1:55  
09
Christmas Is Coming
3:25  
10
Fur Elise
1:06  
11
The Christmas Song
3:17  
12
Greensleeves
5:26  
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 40:19

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Vince Guaraldi rocks!

retrominx

this album just makes me smile, and its mighty fine music too. Thankyou Charlie Brown :)

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Chrismas 101: Charlie Brown Christmas

JulsTiger

How can you have hot cocoa by the fireplace and not listen to "Christmas Time is Here"?

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A must have!

web50

Are you kidding? download this already!

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Essential

TerrapinFlyer

Give this to everyone you know. This is essential Christmas music and everyone should own this. It's that good. Very few, if any, more essential Christmas albums. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Vince Guaraldi, and not necessarily in that order. I almost can't wait for December to start playing this again.

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Another classic by Vince Guaraldi

TheGoodDoctor

Download the album and enjoy. Listen to tracks close, or just plug it in while doing something else. Vince's even hand on the piano is clean and sure, as are the talents of his fellow musicians, bassist Fred Marshall and drummer Jerry Granelli. Guaraldi has also worked on other recordings with Colin Bailey, Monty Budwig, Eddie Duran, Bill Fitch, Nick Martinez, Benny Velarde, and Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete. By all accounts, Vince was a nice guy -- rather like his music. Sort of like hot coffee or hot cocoa in the hour just after dawn. Five star album. Check out his other albums here and at Fantasy Records.

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>>WoW

MrsVanTol

I just gotta have it! It should be a staple for all music libraries. Great music for any age. L-O-V-E I-T!

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three copies and counting

xmasthecat

love this album of course. I own two CD's of it, because I keep not having it when I need it, and am now downloading it for the same reason.

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IF YOU'RE MY AGE...

mickofleeds

TOTAL NOSTALGIA TRIP IF YOUWERE A SMALL KID IN THE LATE SIXTIES/EARLY SEVENTIES. XMAS MORNING IN FRONT OF THE T.V. YOU'VE UNWRAPPED YOUR PRESENTS, YOU CAN SMELL YOUR DINNER IN THE KITCHEN.....

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Great any time of the year

boatofcar

Unlike most Christmas albums, this one is free of the gushy pretentiousness that takes any musical enjoyment of the season and smothers it. I could listen to this album in June and enjoy it just as much as in December. If you like this record, check out some of Vince Guaraldi's other material on emusic--you might be more of a jazz fan than you realize!

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Stop, No Need To Listen First, Just Download

SunCat

So now I guess I have to go see what else Mr. Guaraldi has done...Terrific album.

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They Say All Music Guide

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz’s work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. “What Child Is This” touches on cool jazz’s richly textured percussive nuances, while “The Christmas Song” reflects Christmas’ relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned “Linus and Lucy” gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. “Christmastime Is Here,” perhaps the album’s most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem “Skating,” which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune “Christmas Is Coming” really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall’s alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli’s hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on “Greensleeves.” As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. – Shawn M. Haney

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