Vince Guaraldi’s ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Album


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The holiday ‘feel’ that The Peanuts achieved is one of Vince Guaraldi’s peaking achievements of his career. His lent touch has commenced the cultural and commercial phenomena of holiday cheer. The Christmas Time is Here melody, for example, is one of the more essential holiday tracks to display in the background of shopping malls and department stores.

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One of the commercially impacting specials from The Peanuts realm was the benign 1966 animated short, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The short itself is simplistic in nature and brings on a cultural cheer that awaits for the month of October.

Throughout the span of the century and into the new millennium, the image of The Peanuts survived and is now the element of apparel branding and incessant holiday marketing schemes.

One of the more essential components of the special was the classical piano themes playing in the background as the young characters venture towards their holiday deeds.

The more memorable scenes of the special are the moments when Schroeder and Sally Brown wait for the mystical ‘Great Pumpkin,’ as Guaraldi’s The Great Pumpkin Waltz heightens the contrast of the nocturnal mood.

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There had recently been a “remastered” soundtrack released just this month. All of the thematic plays of the special are congregated into one this one compilation. The tracks included in this soundtrack are the imperial theme, The Great Pumpkin Waltz, as well as Linus and Lucy, Snoopy and The Leaf, Graveyard Theme, their reprised counterparts, and the transitional themes of the special.

Although this is the first official version of the soundtrack reaching the digital era, it doesn’t act like it some of the times. Tracks like Trick or Treat and Snoopy And The Leaf still have contained the original sound effects from when they were presented on television.

This would not have been such a detriment these tracks were compiled in any other form, such as an online free download or transformed into cassette form.

Although, being that this culturally iconic soundtrack managed to survive into the new form of existence itself, it would have been decent to remove the sound effects from the tracks, or at least included the tracks that didn’t include them.

Nevertheless, the soundtrack is a witty acclimation of only a snippet for Guaraldi’s potential. Vince Guaraldi will always be the best known for his work among The Peanuts, but his other work proves that he was an omnipotent Jazz maestro.

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