…Jeffrey gave to you… A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU FROM PHIL SPECTOR!
Greater minds, critics and philosophers have waxed philosophic about this monumental holiday masterpiece far more judiciously and with more wisdom than I ever could attempt, that anything I can possibly write would be an infinitesimal contribution. But, what I can and will say – before I let you sit back and let the music envelope your very soul – is that on a personal, intrinsic level, no holiday collection ever released has brought me such innate elation for so many years. From the very first notes of Darlene Love’s “White Christmas” to the last refrain of “Silent Night”, this is a most fantastic brew of classic Rock and Soul voices, Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound and the spirit of the holidays. 30 years after first listen, it continues to warm my very soul.
A few fans uploaded all the tracks as various viral videos on YouTube but who knows how long they’ll last before the YouTube Nazis yank them for their own megalomaniac needs. In fact, the last cut on the album, “Silent Night” performed by Spector’s artists, is non-existent in any form. But, even minus that track, it’s an exhilarating listen. So, without any more pontificating, here is (most of) A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU.
Tk 1 Darlene Love – White Christmas
Tk 2 The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman
Tk 3 Bob B. Sox & The Blue Jeans – The Bells of St. Marys
Tk 4 The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Tk 5 The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
Tk 6 Darlene Love – Marshmallow World
Tk 7 Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Tk 8 The Crystals – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Tk 9 Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
Tk 10 The Crystals – Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Tk 11 Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Tk 12 Bob B. Sox & The Blue Jeans – Here Comes Santa Claus