While I was researching the Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits part of the last In The Bins, I was exchanging e-mails with Derrick Bang who among other things is an uber-collector of Peanuts and is part-time curator of the fivecentsplease.org website that is essential to Peanuts collectors with its wealth of information. Derrick pointed out that George Winston— who himself is a collector of Vince Guaraldi— is going to release a second volume to his critically-acclaimed 1996 release Linus & Lucy – The Music of Vince Guaraldi titled Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 and is slated for release in September. This isn’t exactly timely information as this release has been announced since before Winston’s summer tour, but I hadn’t seen much mention of it prior to my conversation with Bang.
Linus & Lucy has the distinction of being the first place some of Guaraldi’s compositions would be heard outside of the TV Series. Tracks like the beautiful “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (aka “Thanksgiving Theme”) would have languished in vaults if it wasn’t for that release. Winston provides very detailed liner notes about each which shows the care and consideration he gave to this tribute to Guaraldi.
Since 1996, we have seen a number of notable releases as it applies to Guaraldi’s television work. The aforementioned Holiday Hits, and Guaraldi’s son David has curated two releases of Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials. Both of these are available on cdbaby.com, and well worth the $15 if you are a fan of this music.
- “Air Music” aka “Surfin’ Snoopy” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1966) among other shows included on Holiday Hits.
- “Rain, Rain Go Away” from “Charlie Brown’s All-Stars” (1966)
- “It Was A Short Summer Charlie Brown” from “It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown” (1969)
- “Woodstock” (I’m not sure which song this would be since there aren’t any songs just titled “Woodstock” but there are a few that have “Woodstock”in the title including “Snoopy and Woodstock” and “Woodstock’s Dream”)
- “There’s No Time For Love” from “There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown” (1973) included on Lost Cues Volume 1
- “Be My Valentine” aka “Heartburn Waltz” from “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” included on Holiday Hits and Lost Cues vol 2 (1975)
- “Love Will Come”from “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown” (1967)
- “You’re Not Elected Charlie Brown” from “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown” (1972)
- “Little Birdie” from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1973) among other shows included on Lost Cues Volume 1 and 2.
While this list is impressively only a list of rare Guaraldi TV cues, I’m sure we can expect some tracks from Guaraldi’s non-Charlie Brown releases on here, as Linus & Lucy did (notably “Cast Your Fate to The Wind” which was Guaraldi’s first big hit).