shurbuilders' review of A Charlie Brown Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars CONCORD EXPLAINS, December 22, 2006

"Wednesday December 20, 2006 12:50:35 PM



"Some of you may have noticed that the new remixed, remastered version of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' had two mishaps -- these are as follows:

"Track 4: Linus And Lucy -- the original LP version was an edit of two different takes, in the remix for the new CD we ran one of the takes in its entirety. New pressings of the CD will revert back to the original stereo mix -- if you want to replace your copy, please see the instructions at the end of this explanation.

"Track 9: Christmas Is Coming -- the original LP version and the version on the new CD are entirely different takes. This is an unintentional mistake (those keeping close score will note that both versions are identical in length, thus confusion ensued during the final master assembly). Our sincere apologies, if you want to replace your copy, please see below.

"The master has already been updated and versions hitting the stores from this point forward will be corrected.

"For those of you who have noticed that some of the songs have things you've never heard before -- you're right! And these things are NOT mistakes:

"Track 1: O Tannenbaum -- the original LP version had the introduction to the song cut off, on the new CD we reinstated the intro.

"Track 5: Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental) -- the original LP version fades out at the end of the song almost losing the last chord, on the new CD we intentionally left the last chord in.

"Track 7: Skating -- the original LP version fades during the bass solo at the very end, on the new CD we intentionally let the song run to its conclusion adding about ten seconds to the track.

"Finally, there has been great speculation and conjecture over whether or not any noise reduction was employed to generate the new CD. The new CD is remixed from the original three-track so the fact that you're not hearing that old familiar hiss is NOT due to the use of noise reduction, it is rather that the new mix is much quieter than the two-track stereo master. The only place a touch of noise reduction was utilized was on Track 10, 'Fur Elise,' as there is no three-track for that master -- it was originally recorded direct to two-track.

"So, should you like to trade in your CD with the the two alternate takes (Linus And Lucy & Christmas Is Coming) for one with corrected masters, please send your disc (not the digipack, just the disc please) or a receipt for your original purchase (if you wish to keep the disc with the alternates) to:

"Good Grief!

"Concord Music Group, Inc.
100 N. Crescent Drive;
Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

"We will send you a replacement CD gladly in keeping with the spirit of the holiday. Please note that this replacement offer is only valid through March 1st, 2007. Thank you."
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2007 1:11 PM PST
 David Lerner says:
The fact that they admit that these are indeed mistakes, rather than a deliberate decision to use alternate versions of the music, is rather disturbing. It seems as if someone should have been familiar enough with the previous versions of the album that they would have immediately noticed the differences somewhere in the remastering process. This speaks volumes to me about the folks at Concord Records...

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 8:47 PM PST
 MrsKryten says:
Does anyone know if there is a way to tell which version you have (one with goofs or corrected version) just by looking at the CD case (or CD itself)? I'm just curious how people will know whether they have the corrected version or not besides having to unwrap the CD and listen to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 5:18 PM PST
 Beatle Fan says:
Yes that's a GOOD question, one I hope Concord can answer. Ashamed as I am to admit it, I just caught wind of this today, and would like to know how to make sure I get the corrected version, since I'm about 9 months overdue for the replacement CD. Hmmph! Some Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi fan I turned out to be.... :(

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 1:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2007 1:51 AM PST
 Salo says:
I would just stick to the original CD from the 80s. The remix is not good, they have folded things down to the center and added digital reverb. The old CD was warmer and less processed sounding.
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