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When Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas album was inducted into the Library of Congress, the Library's media release noted, "A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners." According to annotator and Guaraldi biographer Bang, "The importance of [that] sentence can not be overstated." Children all over the world who had resisted jazz as the music of their parents were given an introduction.
Berkeley-based Fantasy Records wisely released a soundtrack LP of the San Franciscan pianist's work on the show. (Completing the Northern California scenario, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz built his final studio in Santa Rosa, and it's there where the Charles M. Schulz Museum was established as a permanent home to Snoopy and the gang. So too the sweet voices heard on "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" are from San Rafael's St. Paul's Church Children's Choir.)
Just as Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life became part of the American Christmas experience, CBS Television achieved the same result with A Charlie Brown Christmas. At the same time, any jazz-resisting viewers found themselves thoroughly absorbed.
For this new edition of the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas, reissue producer Nick Phillips and remastering impresario Joe Tarantino resurrected the original stereo analog master tapes along with the original stereo mixes.The album's centerpiece track, today as it was in 1965, is "Christmas Time Is Here," particularly the long, soulful instrumental version that clocks in at just over six minutes.
|1. O Tannenbaum|
|2. What Child Is This|
|3. My Little Drum|
|4. Linus And Lucy|
|5. Christmas Time Is Here|
|6. Christmas Time Is Here|
|8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing|
|9. Christmas Is Coming|
|10. Fur Elise|
|11. The Christmas Song|
|13. Great Pumpkin Waltz|
|14. Thanksgiving Theme|