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Phil Spector - Christmas Album - Legendary "Wall of sound" - XMAS Early Soul - LP

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Phil Spector's Christmas Album
Warner Brothers - Canada - 70's issue
Says "Authentic Mono" on bottom portion of front cover
Cat #SP 9103

Vinyl is VG++ with only a couple of the lightest scuffs.
Cover is VG+ with some very light ring wear


Side A:
White Christmas - Darlene Love
Frosty the Snowman - The Ronettes
The Bells of St. Mary - Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
(It's a) Marshmallow World - Darlene Love

Side B:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals
Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - The Crystals
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
Here Comes Santa Claus - Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
Silent Night - Phil Spector and Artists

This album was something of a revolution in its time, at least where Christmas music was concerned, although all that Phil Spector actually did was apply his normal production style to Christmas music.

The Crystals, famous for Then he kissed me and Da doo ron ron, sing brilliant, energetic versions of Santa Claus is coming to town, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Parade of the wooden soldiers. The Ronettes, famous for Be my baby, are equally brilliant on Frosty the snowman, Sleigh ride and I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus. Bob B Soxx and the blue jeans, famous for Zip-a-de-doo-da, also excel on Bells of St Mary's and Here comes Santa Claus.

Darlene Love, whose biggest success was as lead singer of the Crystals on He's a rebel, sings four songs here, a rare chance for her to be credited as a solo performer. Christmas (Baby please come home) is the only original song here. White Christmas includes the rarely heard verse about being in Beverley Hills. The other two, Marshmallow world and Winter wonderland, are also outstanding.

The closing Silent night is just a series of spoken acknowledgements set to a backing track. Don't worry about that - the twelve songs that go before set the standard for Christmas rock albums when it was first recorded and still do, because nobody has bettered it since.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 11 December, 2007.

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