A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector
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A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector

1 Dec 1990

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov 1962
  • Label: Phil Spector Records Inc.
  • Copyright: (c) 1989 Phil Spector Records, Inc.
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  • ASIN: B001E9WPP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic album 26 Oct 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 in the forty years since.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas essential 3 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is without a doubt the greatest Christmas album ever made. When listening to it you can tell that it wasn't made as a cynical money making machine (like a lot of Christmas albums) but as a celebration of the love of Christmas, music and as a testament to the genius of Phil Spector. I urge you to buy it, play it and when you do Christmas will never be the same without it again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Album Ever 15 Jun 2006
By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Not only will you know all the songs, you will know all these versions. After 43 years, these recordings still get played by most radio stations in December. Apparantly, this album was not a hit when originally released in November 1963, as Phil Spector withdrew it from release as a mark of respect when JFK was assassinated. Since then it has become a classic, loved by children of all ages. My favorite is Darlene Love's 'Christmas Baby Please Come Come'. What a voice, what a song. This album is guarenteed to get any Christmas party going. Buy it now so you are ready!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Is Finally Here! 1 Jan 2004
By Rich S
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well this set is truly superb!
It has that great Christmas feel to it and you can play it on repeat all day without getting fed up with it.
The Ronettes and Darlene Love tracks are the standout tracks for me but saying that The Crystals `Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer` is the best yule hear!
Do a great deed and buy it- you will not regret it!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to all my Christmas's 5 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Who can't like this album? I grew up listening to this album every Christmas and it remains a firm favourite now. Containing the very best of Phil Spectors crop of talent, the versions of the songs on this album will always be considered definative(at least by me).
If you remember this album from the past, buy it. Its still great.
If you've never heard this album, buy it. I million times better then all the other Christmas compilations with the same tracks on.
The best Christmas album in the world...ever!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was never enamored with the results when Phil Spector tried the "Wall of Sound" approach with the Beatles on "Let It Be," but that failure was the exception that proves the rule. In 1963 Spector actually decided to use his approach to produce one of the great Christmas albums of all time. The goal was to have a holiday album that would stack up against both other Christmas albums and the pop albums produced by his quartet of artists: Darlene Love, the Ronettes, the Crystals, and Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans. The artists split up the first dozen tracks on "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector," with everybody joining together for "Silent Night" as the album's grand finale.
Darlene Love was never really a success as a solo artist, although she did the lead vocals on "She's a Rebel." But she gets to make or break this album by singing the opening track, "White Christmas," and making it clear the song can work if not being crooned by Der Bingle. "Marshmallow World" is fun but a trifle, while her "Winter Wonderland" may be the best track on the album, with "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" a soulful plea not to be separated for the holidays. No wonder Love got the most tracks on the album. The Ronettes were sisters Veronica (Ronnie) and Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley rock a bit more than usual with their version of "Frosty the Snowman" and keep the spirit going with "Sleigh Ride" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
The change of pace offering on the album would definitely be Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans doing "The Bells of St.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful album will kick start your Christmas Easy Listening with a step back in time when songs were sung and tunes stayed with you til' bedtime.Timeless classics that will cheer you through the most stressful of stockings and the dryest of turkeys!!!Play. Enjoy. and Sing very loudly!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great bargain
great Christmas album and really good value too - I would recommend this for the songs and because of the price
Published 8 days ago by steveh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas record ever.
For anyone who was a fan of the legendary Phil Spector this is for you. I've had my copy for many years & play it every Christmas, I bought this for a gift which was very well... Read more
Published 21 days ago by cairns
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic festive CD
I love the Christmas CD but haven't listened to the other one that came with it so I can't comment on that one.
Published 1 month ago by Buddly
Phil Spector' of course was one of the best-known music names of the 60's
producing some of the great groups and well cherished sounds from back
then. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
2.0 out of 5 stars Great pity
A great album - what a pity he shot that woman in the head. It sorta spoils it. Merry Christmas.
Published 1 month ago by B. Burke-kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
Lost my vinyl copy so purchased cd, still as good as I remember and great for the days up to christmas, love it.
Published 1 month ago by J. M. Ratcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant selection
Outstanding selection of songs and singers, with Darlene Love (whom I'd never heard of before) being a particularly exciting discovery. And 2 CDs for £3 = a bargain.
Published 2 months ago by Lui
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Xmas Motown CD
Still have the original but felt we needed to preserve it as we play it so much over the festive season
Published 2 months ago by K. M. Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic memories
Had this dvd before and lost it so got it again for the memories of playing this at christmas time.
Published 2 months ago by andie
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Christmas starts right here!
Growing up in the 50's music at Christmas on the radio to me was boring, boring spelt with a capital B, the light programme - the precursor to Radio 2 belted out the occasional... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Morgan
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