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A Charlie Brown Christmas Reissue Announced: Hear an Unearthed Track

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A deluxe reissue of Vince Guaraldi’s classic score for A Charlie Brown Christmas has been announced. The beloved 1965 album will be rereleased in multiple formats, including a super deluxe box set due out October 14 and a colored vinyl version, available September 16 (both via Craft Recordings). The updated LP will include the original 11-track album, unreleased songs, outtakes, and more. Today, Craft has shared a previously unreleased take “Skating,” billed as “Skating (#7, Take 1).” Hear it below.

A Charlie Brown Christmas remains one of the highest-selling jazz albums of all time, next to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. The expanded edition of the record features hours of unearthed session tapes with studio sketches of “Christmas Time Is Here,” “O Tannenbaum,” and dozens of unreleased alternate tracks. The original LP has been upgraded with a new stereo mix from the original two- and three-track sources by engineer Paul Blakemore.

The reissue will also include a hardcover book featuring in-depth liner notes by Peanuts historian Derrick Bang, as well as a message from the family of Lee Mendelson—the late producer and co-creator of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved cartoon. “The wealth of music captured in these half-dozen sessions is—in a word—amazing,” Bang wrote in the liner notes. He continued:

It’s also fascinating to observe how a given tune evolves, over the course of the six weeks these sessions took place, from September 17 through October 28, 1965…. Along the way, you’ll hear all manner of false starts, initially terrific takes that collapse when Guaraldi fluffs a few notes, and outré experiments that sound almost nothing like what we know today.” He continues, “Consider this a ringside seat—a place of honor, watching and listening from the recording engineer’s booth—as the individual songs for this historic album were fine-tuned and ultimately laid down.

 Revisit “The Genius and Jazz of A Charlie Brown Christmas” on the Pitch.

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