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.