For nearly 50 years, getting the complete score to 1969's animated feature A Boy Named Charlie Brown was as fruitless as kicking a football held by Lucy Van Pelt. Kritzerland's newest album changes all that, offering Vince Guaraldi and John Scott Trotter's score and Rod McKuen's songs as they appeared in the film for the very first time.
A Boy Named Charlie Brown found producer Lee Mendelson and director Bill Melendez teaming up again to bring Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts comic strip to animated life, after a host of instant classic television specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. To complement the jump to the silver screen (and a generously expanded visual palette, to boot), Vince Guaraldi and John Scott Trotter adapted Guaraldi's classic jazzy Peanuts motifs (including the instantly recognizable "Linus and Lucy") and supplied new underscore. For the first time, A Boy Named Charlie Brown also featured full songs, written by Rod McKuen (who also sang the title track at the beginning of the film). The results were nothing short of spectacular: the film was a critical and commercial success and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song Score (losing to The Beatles and Let It Be).
A soundtrack was prepared by Columbia Masterworks upon release that featured highlights from the score with dialogue overlays (effectively, a "storybook album"), while McKuen re-recorded his songs for a separate album, also named A Boy Named Charlie Brown (reissued by Varese Sarabande in 2015). But previous attempts to wrangle up a score release without dialogue ended in failure (as expounded upon by Guaraldi aficionado Derrick Bang, who composed liner notes for a never-released version of the project).
Now, thanks to Kritzerland, A Boy Named Charlie Brown can be heard from the original music-only masters, illuminating this classic music and arrangement the way it was meant to be heard. How we love them! This disc is limited to 1,000 copies, so act fast!
A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Kritzerland, 2017 - original film released 1969)
- Champion Charlie Brown (Logo) */Cloud Dreams †
- Champion Charlie Brown (Main Title) */A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Vocal: Rod McKuen) *
- Kite Music (Lucifer's Lady) **/Charlie Brown and His All-Stars **
- Percussion Swinger **/Baseball Theme **
- Baseball Theme (Charlie Brown Pitches) **
- Baseball Theme (Three Strikes and You're Out) **/A Boy Named Charlie Brown (We Lost Again) */Air Music (Snoopy Theme) **/The Red Baron Strikes Again †
- Blue Charlie Brown **
- Linus and Lucy (Time to Go to School) **/Champion Charlie Brown (I Only Dread One Day at a Time) *
- Failure Face (Lucy, Violet, Patty) */Catatonic Blues †
- "I" Before "E" (Charlie Brown, Linus) ††
- Champion Charlie Brown (The Gang) *
- Oh, Good Grief **/Champion Charlie Brown (Bus Station) */A Boy Named Charlie Brown *
- Linus and Lucy (I've Got to Get My Blanket Back) **
- Bus Wheel Blues †
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown ("I" Before Milk) */Champion Charlie Brown *
- Linus and Lucy (Big City) **
- Skating **/Blue Puck †/Skating ** (Snoopy on Ice)
- Linus and Lucy (Found Blanket) **/Champion Charlie Brown (Spelling Bee) *
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown */Bus Wheel Blues †
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown (I'm Never Going to School Again) *
- Charlie Brown and His All-Stars **
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Vocal: Rod McKuen) *
- Champion Charlie Brown (Logo) (alternate) *
- The Star-Spangled Banner (arr. Trotter)
- Air Music (Snoopy Theme) **/The Red Baron Strikes Again (alternate) †
- Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 (3rd movement) (Ludwig Von Beethoven)
- Bus Wheel Blues (alternate) †
- Champion Charlie Brown (Transition) *
- Skating **/Blue Puck †/Skating (Snoopy on Ice) (alternate) **
- Linus and Lucy (Found Blanket) (alternate) **
- Champion Charlie Brown (unused jazz combo) *
- Dialogue (Linus: Glenn Gilger, Charlie Brown: Peter Robbins)
* Music and lyrics by Rod McKuen ** Music by Vince Guaraldi † Music by John Scott Trotter
Mark B. Hanson says
Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I love both the film and McKuen's music.
Thanks (again) for your coverage of this ltd. release in the site, and it's been sold out within a week as expected. Fortunate enough for me to place my order after reading your posting!
Auuuuugh I heard about it too late
Sold out at Kritzerland, but one can still try ScreenArchives.com (still have stock as of this time, but won't for long of course), good luck!