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A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector [Digitally Remastered By Phil Spector] Import


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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006RY1R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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(2002/SPECTOR/ABKO) 13 tracks 1963 digital remastered / a classic !Medium 1
  1. White Christmas - LOVE, Darlene
  2. Frosty The Snowman - RONETTES
  3. The Bells Of St. Mary - SOXX, Bob B. & THE BLUE JEANS
  4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - CRYSTALS
  5. Sleigh Ride - RONETTES
  6. Marshmallow World - LOVE, Darlene
  7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - RONETTES
  8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - CRYSTALS
  9. Winter Wonderland - LOVE, Darlene
  10. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - CRYSTALS
  11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - LOVE, Darlene
  12. Here Comes Santa Claus - SOXX, Bob B. & THE BLUE JEANS
  13. Silent Night - SPECTOR, Phil

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This lavish holiday set has been called the greatest rock & roll Christmas album of all time. That's an opinion that's tough to argue with when you find yourself immersed in the massive sounds painstakingly crafted by legendary producer Phil Spector. His "wall-of-sound" technique is perfectly suited to the music of the season, as he proves with layer upon layer of piano, sleigh bells, buoyant percussion and, of course, those legendary Spector sound harmonies. The Crystals turn their sassy interplay into sheer magic on "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", The Ronettes stroll sweetly through numbers like "Sleigh Ride" and Darlene Love delivers a real knockout punch with her yearning version of "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)". Sure to become the soundtrack for your holidays. --David Sprague

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Oct 2003
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 fifty years (and counting) since.

++++ Since I originally wrote this review, the original album has been re-issued as a double CD, the extra CD being an 18-track greatest compilation, so it's better value than ever. The reviews for the newer edition are lumped in with the reviews of the single CD, but that's Amazon for you.

I have now bought the double CD (at a very low price) and the following comments apply to that version.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE on 15 Jun 2006
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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rich S on 1 Jan 2004
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 By crosbysleftear on 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 on 25 Dec 2005
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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