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If you're a fan of Motown you'll no doubt love this music. This masterpiece should be in everyone's collection. Don't bother wasting your money on lackluster holiday compilations, this is the only Christmas CD you will ever need.
I remember listening to this album on cassette as a young child with my older sister. Listening carefully as she helped me write down each lyric for every song in a big pad. From cassette to CD to now digitally downloaded onto my iPod and who knows what format it will be 10years from now.
This album originally went unnoticed when it first dropped back on November 22nd 1963 (the exact same day JFK was assassinated) the nation wasn't in the mood for holiday cheer that year. Despite the poor timing of it's release this album has now go on to be regarded as a holiday classic.
1 - White Christmas - Darlene Love
2- Frosty the Snowman - Ronettes
3- The Bells of St Mary's - Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
4- Santa Claus is coming to town - Crystals
5- Sleigh Ride - Ronettes
6- Marshmellow World - Darlene Love
7- I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus - Ronettes
8- Rudolph the red nose Reindeer - Crystals
9 - Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
10- Parade of the wooden Soldiers - Crystals
11- Christmas, Baby please come home - Darlene Love
12- Here comes Santa Claus - Bob B. Soxx &The Blue Jeans
13 - Silent Night - Phil Spector and Artists
Spectors concept for 'A Christmas gift to you' was to bring something new and different to the recording industry, in particular... Christmas music. As he says at the end of the album over an instrumental version of 'Silent night'
Phil Spector truly surpasses himself with this album, producing some spectacular work. Assisting the many great artists who he enlisted on this album to produce some of the finest work ever created and no doubt the best material of the artists young careers.
49years later and it has continued to stand the test of time. For me this album will live on forever and so it should. I'm 23 years old now and tbh i can't remember a time when this album wasn't in my life. I look forward to when I can hopefully one day introduce any future children and grandchildren i may have to the classic that is: A Christmas Gift for you from Phil Spector. For me it wouldn't be Christmas without this album. I count down the months eagerly anticipating the day I can listen to this album and come January I start that same countdown again.
It will go down in history as not only one of the best Christmas albums ever but one of the greatest albums period ever made. Get ready to go on magical journey and don't worry about skipping songs because there is absolutely no need!
This album sounds just as fresh and exciting now as it did 49 years ago, timeless classic!
Christmas is a time for nostalgia a time to look back with rose tinted glasses to the things of my youth, glistening trees, snow covered roof tops and a full head of hair. Ah those were the days. Granted the only time Manchester ever looked clean in my recollection was just after it snowed but that would be letting the rose tinted glasses slip a little. Another strong memory from my youth was when I was lucky enough to bag a Saturday job at Virgin records of all places. I was in heaven, more music than you could imagine, the chance to play any record I fancied from library of 1000’s. Another highlight was the girls, loads and loads of teenage girls, I was truly blessed. Of course I was too young and stupid to appreciate or monopolise on my position but that’s another story. Still I did get to play a lot of records..... Come Christmas time we all had to don our corporate tinsel and be wacky (a word that along with zany and mad should be reserved for describing Dr Suess only. Anyone who says that either you or particularly they are “mad” should be shot, because it simply isn’t true. It’s a good indicator that you are talking to a twat and you should either beat a hasty retreat or take it upon yourself to do the shooting (pet peeve)) and of course the music had to change from our serious Muso stuff (in the 80’s people were way too serious about their music) and put on the Christmas stuff. Now any other store might have descended into the Christmas hell of Slade, Wizard and Sir Cliff of Richards but our manager was a rather classy lady (Hello Linda, it’s me marine boy!!, what are the chances of her reading this??) so we deftly avoided that and went for the bitter sweet of the Pogues fairy tale of New York (a song guaranteed to make even the stoniest of hearts br
eak) and the absolute bliss of Phil Spector. Anyone younger than me almost certainly has never heard of Phil Spector (born: Harvey Phillip Spector Dec 26, 1940 in the Bronx New York) I’ll bet quite a few older than me haven’t either, but he was responsible for a lot of the sixties girl groups primarily the the Crystals and the Ronettes. Although he did release records under his own name albeit very rarely his main contribution to music was as a musician and a producer working with the Beatles (including solo projects), the Stones and later the Ramones. The work he produced had a distinctive orchestration which was groundbreaking for its time, a “Wall of Sound”, which was how his music came to be known. When he originally released the album he claimed he wanted to produce a record which captured the spirit of Christmas but also to produce recordings which would stand up to anything the artists had done in the past. Well he surpassed himself and the artists involved probably produced some of their best and most remembered work. Now the album itself is just full of cracking Christmas tunes (see I narrowly avoided the temptation to call them Christmas crackers, tower of strength me) which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and to be absolutely honest it wouldn’t be mine either, but it is Christmas and I have kids so its great fun bouncing around to this. Some people might call it kitsch but I prefer to think of it as innocent fun. The chances are you’ve heard almost all of the tunes at some time or another with maybe the exception of the bells of St Mary’s. The renditions all have a great bouncy Motown air which almost makes you think we might actually have a white Christmas after all. Artists like The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love -and Bob B. Soxx & Th
e Blue Jeans (they just don’t call groups names like that anymore do they?) all belt the tunes out for all they’re worth making the album irrepressibly happy. Simply put if this album fails to raise a smile the you really are a bit of a scrooge. If you wont buy it for yourself, buy it for you kids, if you don’t have kids get some and watch them jig about like loons to this stuff. Even if you are only going to play this for one month of a year it should be on every Christmas list (I’m checking it twice, I’m gonna find out who’s naughty or nice!!) Track listing. 1. White Christmas 2. Frosty the Snowman 3. The Bells of St. Mary's 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 5. Sleigh Ride 6. Marshmallow World 7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 9. Winter Wonderland 10. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers 11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 12. Here Comes Santa Claus 13. Silent Night The album was originally recorded in 1963 under the Phillies label (PHLP-4005) and repressed under a whole bunch of other labels including Rhino and the Beatles label Apple. It was re-released as a CD in 1990 by ABKCO number 4005 and you can probably pick it up from the likes of Amazon and the likelihood is it’ll cost you about £8.99. Alternatively this CD is available part of a four-CD box set, Phil Spector: Back to Mono [1958-1969]. by ABKCO.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 White Christmas - Darlene Love
2 Frosty The Snowman - Ronettes
3 The Bells of St. Mary's - Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
4 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Crystals
5 Sleigh Ride - Ronettes
6 Marshmallow World - Darlene Love
7 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Ronettes
8 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Crystals
9 Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
10 Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Crystals
11 Christmas - Baby Please Come Home - Darlene Love
12 Here Comes Santa Claus - Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans
13 Silent Night - Phil Spector & Artists