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 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   smcguire   (Member)

Excellent news for Vince Guaraldi and Peanuts fans...

The complete original soundtrack for the 1973 special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," composed by Vince Guaraldi, will be released by Lee Mendelson Film Productions on October 20, 2023 (just in time for the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts holiday special).

It will be available on CD, LP, and digitally.

While a few cues from the special have been released on previous Vince Guaraldi compilations (for example, "Thanksgiving Theme" on "Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits"), most of the tracks have never been available before.

This new album will feature the entire soundtrack for "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" - transferred in high resolution from the original studio session tapes - in stereo sound that showcases the music and instrumentation far better than in the broadcast show. (And there will be no sound effects!) It will have 13 tracks of show score accompanied by 9 never-before-heard bonus and alternative tracks.

The CD and regular black vinyl versions are available to pre-order now.

(The LP will also be released in two color variants, "Jelly Bean Green" for Record Store Day and "Cranberry Sauce Red" from Target, also available for pre-order.)

Press release on the Mendelson Productions website:

https://mendelsonproductions.com/LMFP_PR_A_Charlie_Brown_Thanksgiving_Album.pdf

Preview of the alternate track "Is It James or Charlie? (Bonus Mix With Whistling)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBrgJD6d0kM

Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang's blog post about the release:

http://impressionsofvince.blogspot.com/2023/08/thanksgiving-comes-early-this-year.html

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Yes!!! Awesome news!

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)

Excellent!

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Good news. Hopefully we eventually get all his Charlie Brown animated specials scores.

My dream of being able to edit together all the Linus and Lucy theme music cues into a mega suite is one step closer...

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Hooray!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Fantastic news! Keep em coming!

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   ibelin   (Member)

Good news. Hopefully we eventually get all his Charlie Brown animated specials scores.

My dream of being able to edit together all the Linus and Lucy theme music cues into a mega suite is one step closer...


The greatest cartoon theme of all time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

What a delightful surprise!

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

Outstanding! A dream score I've wanted for decades. Instant purchase!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2023 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Roger Feigelson   (Member)

This is remarkable news. Thank you for sharing!

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2023 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Now up for preorder (with additional product info) on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Brown-Thanksgiving-Guaraldi-Quintet/dp/B0CDDR853R

Available on CD & LP for the FIRST TIME!

THE 50th Anniversary COLLECTORS EDITION!

We are proud to announce, for the first time ever, the release of the complete soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the celebrated animated holiday television special, written and created by Charles Schulz, directed by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman and produced by Melendez and Lee Mendelson, this is the complete Vince Guaraldi score along with never-before-heard bonus material.

Newly re-discovered in our vaults, the original recording sessions for Vince Guaraldi's beloved soundtrack have been remixed and remastered for audiophiles and Peanuts® fans everywhere. Includes many previously unreleased tracks, several never heard since the Vince Guaraldi Quintet laid them down for the recording session in 1973. All remastered from the original 2" 16 track source tapes.

This soundtrack from the 1973 holiday classic includes Guaraldi hits from the original sources like the funky brass filled "Linus and Lucy," "Thanksgiving Theme," and the soulful "Little Birdie." You will hear timbres from instruments that were previously buried in the show mix. Furthermore, there are bonus tracks for "Thanksgiving Interlude" demonstrating how Guaraldi crafted his score for the special; an additional keyboard on "Linus and Lucy;" and Guaraldi whistling the melody for "Is It James or Charlie?"

Beyond the composer's piano playing, the quintet is made up of Mike Clark on drums; Seward McCain (longest touring bassist with Guaraldi - holding down the electric bass at Guaraldi's request); Tom Harrell on trumpet to class up the album; and Chuck Bennett on Trombone. This is some of the funkiest Guaraldi you'll hear as his quintet leaned into the East Bay Sound, a type of funk that Mike Clark helped pioneer in the early '70s. Guaraldi even lends his bluesy voice to introduce Woodstock with "Little Birdie." The album was remix engineered by Terry Carleton, restored and mastered by Vinson Hudson, and produced by Sean and Jason Mendelson.

Track Listing

Charlie Brown Blues
Thanksgiving Theme
Thanksgiving Theme (Reprise)
Peppermint Patty
Little Birdie
Thanksgiving Interlude
Is It James or Charlie?
Linus and Lucy
Fife & Drums Theme
Charlie Brown Blues (Reprise)
Thanksgiving Interlude (Reprise)
Thanksgiving Theme (2nd Reprise)
Thanksgiving Theme (3rd Reprise)
Thanksgiving Theme (Alternate)
Peppermint Patty (Bonus Mix)
Linus and Lucy (Bonus Mix)
Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate Take 2, 4 and 6)
Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate Take 10)
Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate Take 14)
Is It James or Charlie? (Bonus Mix with Whistling)
Clark and Guaraldi

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2023 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Wonderful news, thank you so much for letting us know!

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2023 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

New animated soundtrack releases is the best kind of news.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2023 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Great, now I'll have "Little Birdie" stuck in my head even more often! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2023 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   RynoSmithers   (Member)

Excellent!!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2023 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

!!! !!!

>Squee!<


ahem- This is welcome news...


Pre-Ordered

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2023 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

“Snoopy Dance!!!!”

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2023 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   Choptop   (Member)

Available today. The vinyl sounds great!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 3:40 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Good news. Hopefully we eventually get all his Charlie Brown animated specials scores.

My dream of being able to edit together all the Linus and Lucy theme music cues into a mega suite is one step closer...


The greatest cartoon theme of all time.


"Linus & Lucy" is one of the all time greatest TV themes. It is THE defining piece of music for PEANUTS.

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

Got my CD in the mail a few weeks ago from MVD. I havent listened to the majority of it (It’s still Great Pumpkin season, folks!) but the first couple tracks have great sound. What a blessing that somebody found these tape archives! Hopefully now that the “big” specials are all done, they won’t drop the ball. Although as they get more obscure, maybe collectors’ box sets make more sense. No normie’s gonna walk down the Wal Mart and excitedly grab a CD or record of the Arbor Day special.

 
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