Monday, December 13, 2010

VA - A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector


“A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector stands as inarguably the greatest Christmas record of all time. Spector believed he could produce a record for the holidays that would capture not only the essence of the Christmas spirit, but also be a pop masterpiece that would stand against any work these artists had already done. He succeeded on every level, with all four groups/singers recording some of their most memorable performances. This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged, and it has inspired a host of imitators.” 



Featuring Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in its prime and his early stable of artists, the Ronettes, Crystals, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector stands as inarguably the greatest Christmas record of all time. Spector believed he could produce a record for the holidays that would capture not only the essence of the Christmas spirit, but also be a pop masterpiece that would stand against any work these artists had already done. He succeeded on every level, with all four groups/singers recording some of their most memorable performances. This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged, and it has inspired a host of imitators.

1. Darlene Love - White Christmas (2:56)
2. The Ronettes - Frosty the Snowman (2:20)
3. Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - The Bells of St. Mary (2:59)
4. The Crystals - Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (3:28)
5. The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride (3:06)
6. Darlene Love - Marshmallow World (2:27)
7. The Ronettes - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2:41)
8. The Crystals - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2:34)
9. Darlene Love - Winter Wonderland (2:30)
10. The Crystals - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (2:58)
11. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (2:50)
12. Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Here Comes Santa Claus (2:07)
13. Phil Spector and Artists - Silent Night (2:10)
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