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 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a world premiere release of the complete soundtrack to the animated classic film:

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN

Music by Vince Guaraldi
Songs by Rod McKuen
Additional Orchestral Accompaniment and Conducted by John Scott Trotter

Good grief, it’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown – on CD – complete! A Boy Named Charlie Brown opened on December 4, 1969 at the Radio City Music Hall, only the third animated feature to play there (the first two were Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi). It boasted the largest advance sale of any picture in Radio City Music Hall history. It became an instant classic, the reviews were great, audiences flocked to the film and it has remained an instant classic ever since. Vincent Canby summed it all up in his New York Times review: “A practically perfect screen equivalent to the quiet joys to be found in almost any of Charles M. Shulz’s Peanuts comic strips.”

Of course, Charlie and company had already had several animated hits on TV and one of main components of those was the witty and tuneful music of jazz great Vince Guaraldi. Producer Lee Mendelsohn was driving home from a meeting with Schulz when he happened to hear Guaraldi’s classic “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” on the radio. He contacted Guaraldi, cast his fate to the wind, and the rest is musical history and heaven.

Guaraldi’s music for A Boy Named Charlie Brown is simply amazing and simply perfect. Add to that the fantastic underscore arrangements of John Scott Trotter and songs by Rod McKuen and you have the makings of a classic soundtrack, so much so that the music was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song Score. There was, of course, a soundtrack release by Columbia Records, but it was more of a “story” album, with a lot of talking over virtually every cue, some of it written specifically for the LP. Soundtrack fans longed for a complete soundtrack release without the narration. They longed for many years.

But good grief, guess what? This world premiere CD release was produced from the original music-only session masters before the narration was overlaid and so, at long last, fans have what they’ve been asking for four decades, the complete score and songs with no narration at all in pristine and glorious stereophonic sound. Vince Guaraldi was one of the all-time greats and this CD is a testament to his genius and brilliance. So, come join Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang for an infectious, tuneful, and magical musical adventure.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is limited to 1000 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the first week of May, but we’ve actually been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

ATTENTION INDIEGOGO CONTRIBUTORS: FOR THIS RELEASE - IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO RECEIVE THIS CD YOU NEED TO OPT-OUT BY SENDING US AN E-MAIL OPTING OUT PRIOR TO THE DATE IT SHIPS - SEND TO kritzerland@gmail.com. IF YOU DO WISH TO RECEIVE IT, YOU DON"T NEED TO DO ANYTHING. IF YOU ARE NOT AN INDIEGOGO CONTRIBUTOR, ORDER AS YOU NORMALLY WOULD. THANK YOU.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

NICE!

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

SOMEone should do Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, too. Love that little score.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Carburetor Float   (Member)

Another great release Kritzer ... one more for my collection! Thanx!

Taking advantage of the Brown & Snoopy wave, I would also like this on CD: SNOOPY COME HOME (72), Richard & Robert Sherman songs/lyrics, Don Ralke music.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I dont think I've ever seen this one...I've been waiting decades for the Great Pumpkin Halloween music.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Samples are totally charming. A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN should be two sellouts in a row for Kritzerland.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

Thanks and ordered.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

As someone who absolutely hates the peanuts and all its side characters, the samples make me want to buy this CD. There's one hesitation however: how many songs does this set contain? I see "Music and LYRICS by Rod McKuen" and I don't want to hear any peanut's voice ruining a good track.
One song I can skip but if the ratio is making me skip 20% of the CD, it's becoming too expensive.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

SOMEone should do Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, too. Love that little score.

Wow. Not even 15 minutes before we get a: "That's nice but what I really want is..." post.

J

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   smcguire   (Member)

Most excellent news, Bruce - thanks so much for getting this music released at last! (Ordered instantly.)

In my opinion, this is a fabulous soundtrack - probably one of my 5 favorites. (I know, I don't post here much, so you don't know whether to listen to me or not, but for what it's worth.) Lots of great tracks from Guaraldi & Trotter, and personally I like the songs by McKuen too. If you like any of Guaraldi's other Peanuts work, you will like this album - he was in top form here, boosted by his collaborators.

To answer Disco Stu's question, 5 of the tracks contain vocals. Probably about 12 minutes out of what I believe is about 65 minutes of music. So, it's not an overabundance of vocal tracks - and for me, it's great that the album includes both; the songs really were an essential part of the movie.

Note that 2 of those vocal tracks are performed by McKuen himself, not by the kids, so you might not find them objectionable. You can hear him singing them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JcsDVsCIw8

I hope the album sells well!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

As someone who absolutely hates the peanuts and all its side characters, the samples make me want to buy this CD. There's one hesitation however: how many songs does this set contain? I see "Music and LYRICS by Rod McKuen" and I don't want to hear any peanut's voice ruining a good track.
One song I can skip but if the ratio is making me skip 20% of the CD, it's becoming too expensive.

D.S.



from WIKIPEDIA:

Music[edit]

A Boy Named Charlie Brown also included several original songs, some of which boasted vocals for the first time: "Failure Face", "I Before E" and "Champion Charlie Brown" (Before this film, musical pieces in Peanuts specials were primarily instrumental, except for a few traditional songs in A Charlie Brown Christmas.) Rod McKuen wrote and sang the title song. He also wrote "Failure Face" and "Champion Charlie Brown".

The instrumental tracks interspersed throughout the movie were composed by Vince Guaraldi and arranged by John Scott Trotter (who also wrote "I Before E"). The music consisted mostly of uptempo jazz tunes that had been heard since some of the earliest Peanuts television specials aired back in 1965; however, for A Boy Named Charlie Brown, they were given a more "theatrical" treatment, with lusher horn-filled arrangements. Instrumental tracks used in the film included "Skating" (first heard in A Charlie Brown Christmas) and "Baseball Theme" (first heard in Charlie Brown's All-Stars). Guaraldi and Trotter were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for their work on A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

"So, come join Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang for an infectious, tuneful, and magical musical adventure."

I will. THIS IS JUST GREAT! Thank you very much for this gem, Bruce! VERY well done.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

More info here:

http://impressionsofvince.blogspot.com/2017/03/youre-finally-film-score-charlie-brown.html

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

SOMEone should do Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, too. Love that little score.

Wow. Not even 15 minutes before we get a: "That's nice but what I really want is..." post.

J


It's related AND I already posted my thoughts about this release in a separate post!

Justifiiiiiiiiied.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

Anyone know which is the best home video release for A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN? I have not seen the film since its original release. I have read that there were problems with the various DVDs & Blu-ray regarding aspect ratios, run times (I believe the film was cut following its original release) and the inclusion and exclusion of bonus features.

I want to reacquaint myself with the movie and look forward to this CD!

Thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   Pedestrian Wolf   (Member)

As someone who absolutely hates the peanuts and all its side characters, the samples make me want to buy this CD. There's one hesitation however: how many songs does this set contain? I see "Music and LYRICS by Rod McKuen" and I don't want to hear any peanut's voice ruining a good track.

D.S.


So many things about this comment bother me.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)



To answer Disco Stu's question, 5 of the tracks contain vocals. Probably about 12 minutes out of what I believe is about 65 minutes of music. So, it's not an overabundance of vocal tracks - and for me, it's great that the album includes both; the songs really were an essential part of the movie.

Note that 2 of those vocal tracks are performed by McKuen himself, not by the kids, so you might not find them objectionable. You can hear him singing them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JcsDVsCIw8

I hope the album sells well!


Much appreciated! I had a similar question. And I think the bits I hear on the link are better than I would have expected and fit with what I would want to hear here. I hear enough dramatic scoring interspersed with the jazz to make it interesting for me. And the jazz is quite nice too.

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Fantastic release. Thanks, BK.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)



To answer Disco Stu's question, 5 of the tracks contain vocals. Probably about 12 minutes out of what I believe is about 65 minutes of music. So, it's not an overabundance of vocal tracks - and for me, it's great that the album includes both; the songs really were an essential part of the movie.

Note that 2 of those vocal tracks are performed by McKuen himself, not by the kids, so you might not find them objectionable. You can hear him singing them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JcsDVsCIw8

I hope the album sells well!


Much appreciated! I had a similar question. And I think the bits I hear on the link are better than I would have expected and fit with what I would want to hear here. I hear enough dramatic scoring interspersed with the jazz to make it interesting for me. And the jazz is quite nice too.


It's mostly music.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2017 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

As someone who absolutely hates the peanuts and all its side characters, the samples make me want to buy this CD. There's one hesitation however: how many songs does this set contain? I see "Music and LYRICS by Rod McKuen" and I don't want to hear any peanut's voice ruining a good track.

D.S.


So many things about this comment bother me.


And me. (Although at least it makes Jason's Oliver Twist impression a bit less irritating, no, coming onto a thread for a new release that hasn't started SHIPPING yet, and asking for another album isn't justifiiiiiiiiied, whatever the album is.)

 
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