LIMITED LENTICULAR VERSION OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATES THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEANUTS AND VINCE GUARALDI’S TIMELESS HOLIDAY CLASSIC NOW AVAILABLE
ALBUM INCLUDES A "DANCING" LENTICULAR PRINT OF THE ORIGINAL 1965 ALBUM COVER FEATURING THE CHARLES SCHULZ ILLUSTRATION
A RANGE OF LP VARIANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR PRE-ORDER HERE
10 SEPTEMBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – Craft Recordings/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, is pleased to announce a one-time vinyl pressing of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beloved jazz and holiday album, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which will include a bonus lenticular print of the original 1965 album cover featuring Charles Schulz’s iconic illustration to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Peanuts. Immediately available for pre-order or purchase, the LP has been pressed on a range of colors and picture discs for participating retailers.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA in 2016, is one of the best-selling jazz albums in history, second only to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue; and it’s no surprise—Guaraldi’s engaging score to the synonymous holiday television special has introduced generations of children and their parents to the joys of jazz music, with tracks like the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” and yuletide favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.” The album was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry five years later, and continues to be a perennial favorite, thanks to annual airings of the Christmas TV special.
A native of San Francisco, Vince Guaraldi became one of America’s most successful jazz artists during the course of his lifetime. Though Guaraldi’s legacy is most famously tied to his association with Peanuts, he was already an established, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist by the time that producer Lee Mendelson tapped him to score the first of many animated specials based on the comic strip by Charles Schulz. In a 2003 interview, excerpted from the biography Vince Guaraldi at the Piano (Derrick Bang; McFarland Books), Mendelson declared, “There was no doubt in my mind that if we hadn’t had that Guaraldi score, we wouldn’t have had the franchise we later enjoyed.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas Tracklist:
- O Tannenbaum
- What Child Is This
- My Little Drum
- Linus & Lucy
- Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
- Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)
- Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
- Christmas Is Coming
- Für Elise
- The Christmas Song
About Craft Recordings
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover.
Craft Recordings is the catalogue label team for Concord Recorded Music.
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Charles M. Schulz first introduced the world to the Peanuts characters in 1950, when the Peanuts comic strip debuted in seven newspapers. Since then, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang have made an indelible mark on popular culture. The new series Snoopy in Space launched on Apple TV+ on November 1, 2019. Peanuts animated specials and series air on major networks and streaming services, including ABC, CartoonNetwork.com and Boomerang in the U.S., Family Channel in Canada, and the WildBrain Spark network on YouTube. Fans also enjoy Peanuts through thousands of consumer products around the world, amusement parks attractions, cultural events, social media, and a daily comic strip available in all formats from traditional to digital. In 2018, Peanuts partnered with NASA on a multi-year Space Act Agreement designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students. The Peanuts characters and related intellectual property are 41% owned by WildBrain Ltd., 39% owned by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and 20% owned by family of Charles M. Schulz.
About Lee Mendelson Film Productions Inc.:
Lee Mendelson Film Productions Inc. is the publisher of the Vince Guaraldi catalogue of music associated with Peanuts. Since 1963, along with Bill Melendez Productions, Lee Mendelson Film Productions produced and co-owns the classic Peanutstelevision library along with Peanuts Worldwide LLC including many documentaries and entertainment properties and the beloved and perennial “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” These fifty plus specials and entertainment programs are still enjoyed by families around the world.