During the next eight weeks, with the holidays on the horizon, the probability of hearing Vince Guaraldi goes way up.  This is, of course, a good thing.  Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas is nothing short of brilliant—but it ain’t Christmas-time just yet, folks. Below is something just as good.

In terms of Guaraldi’s varied career I’ve always viewed the Peanuts scores as a peek down the rabbit hole. As the televised specials moved into the late sixties and early seventies so did the music.  Guaraldi, a bay area bohemian of the old school, infused layers of funk, soul, r&b and all manner of groove into the latter specials. His underused vocals reeked of a smoldering blue cool that can’t be faked. The below two tracks are culled from volume one of the high recommended compilation Lost Cues From The Charlie Brown Television Specials.

MP3: Vince Guaraldi :: Little Birdie
MP3: Vince Guaraldi :: Joe Cool
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4 Responses to “Vince Guaraldi…Sings”

  1. I’ve got Peanuts stuff and the record with Bola Sete, but I’ve never heard Vince sing until now. Groovy stuff!

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  3. I was half-listening to CB Thanksgiving playing in the other room the other day and I was wondering about the vocals. It had a kind of Jack Sheldon quality and there wasn’t much in the way of credits at the end of the show. Mystery solved! thanks!

  4. […] (formerly of classical/psych unit the United States of America and the man responsible for post-Vince Guaraldi Peanuts music), is the sound of people drifting across the continent, the sound of autumn sweeping […]

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