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  • Mort Weiss wrote on November 07, 2012 report

    Very fine article. Vince Guaraldi, a true artist! The Charlie Brown Christmas album - the very BEST OF THE so-called jazz Christmas theme records. For a single tune- (can't beat) Dexter's "Have your self a merry little Christmas." Best, Mort

  • Doug Anderson wrote on November 12, 2012 report

    This article is well stated and well-deserved. While Mr. Bailey's points about the iconography of -- and generational partisanship toward -- the 1965/1988/2012 mix of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" are undoubtedly correct, I also think that a any fair, audio-only assessment would have to give the clear sonic edge to the "controversial" 2006 release.

    Unlike the the 1988 and 2012 CD releases which present the same 1965, second-generation stereo mix, the 2006 release was completely remixed from the original, 3-track master tapes, resulting in a more spacious, less noisy presentation with improved clarity and presence.

    This is not to say that there may not be good grounds for preferring the variant performances used in the original 1965/1968/2012 presentation (I, myself prefer the original, faster version of "Christmas is Coming"). But I am also not an "either/or" guy when it comes to Guaraldi tracks, and am overjoyed that the various releases have given us at least a few alternate versions to savor, and I strongly share the author's hope that a 50th anniversary release will include *all* extant takes in the Fantasy/Concord vault, remixed and transferred to digital with the best equipment that 2015 has to offer!

    Keep up the good work, AAJ.com!

  • C. Michael Bailey wrote on November 12, 2012 report

    Mr. Anderson, I am grateful for your informed words (and Mort Weiss' as I love that Dexter tune). Music is something to be excited by and about. It is like Thanksgiving Dinner...

  • Mort Weiss wrote on November 14, 2012 report

    And, Michael It's not fatning :) Mort