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Though best known for his Yuletide compositions accompanying 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, there was much more that Vince Guaraldi contributed to the Charlie Brown TV specials — enough to build a box set with — but until that comes to fruition, Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown TV Specials is a great place to dig into some of those old-school childhood tunes. It starts off with the soulful and jazzy “Little Birdie” from 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where Guaraldi’s singing voice sounds somewhat inspired by Jack Sheldon who sang on many of the Schoolhouse Rock! educational shorts of the same era. Another standout is the funk-fusion of “Motocross” from 1975’s You’re A Good Sport, Charlie Brown. Proto-feminist upstart Peppermint Patty even gets her own grove on a namesake tune that jams heavy on a Fender Rhodes for just over a minute and a half. Predictably (but in a good way), the coolest tune here is “Joe Cool,” replete with clavinet, a solid bass groove and one of Guaraldi’s best vocal takes ever.

Customer Reviews


Somewhere it should be written as law that every Vince Guaraldi fan MUST own "Little Birdie" and this slightly revised rendition of "Thanksgiving Theme". Of course all the songs are gems in their own right, but a few other standouts are "Motocross" and "Joe Cool". What a treat this release is! Thank you David for keeping the memories alive and well. -Jim Emmons

Awesome album!

The music from the Peanuts never ceases to amaze me. I've listened to it countless times, and it just never seems to get old!

Little Birdie!

I love "Little Birdie" so's awesome.


Born: July 17, 1928 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Vince Guaraldi was a well-respected jazz pianist whose greatest success came from avenues usually closed to contemporary jazz artists: he enjoyed a hit single at a time when jazz had largely been exiled from the pop charts, and he scored a series of very successful animated television specials, a medium where cookie-cutter pop music was traditionally the order of the day. Vincent Anthony Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California on July 17, 1928. A loyal son of the Bay Area, Guaraldi graduated...
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