Phil Spector – 1963 – A Christmas Gift For You

A Christmas Gift For You is probably the greatest collection of Christmas hits ever. Legendary producer Phil Spector and 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 Spectorsound 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,” while 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.

1 Darlene Love – White Christmas 2:56
2 The Ronettes – Frosty the Snowman 2:20
3 Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans – The Bells of St. Mary 2:58
4 The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 3:28
5 The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride 3:05
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 and the Blue Jeans – Here Comes Santa Claus 2:07
13 Phil Spector and Artists – Silent Night 2:10

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 forty years since.

 I wish to you and your families Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2009. Peace and Blessings!

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Conversation for album: Phil Spector – 1963 – A Christmas Gift For You

  • Xanadu
    Posted at 02:20h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Absolutely Essential.A Christmas Classic!

  • hooch
    Posted at 02:25h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    My favourite Christmas album – Memories of childhood christmases come flooding back when this is playing.

    Many thanks Nikos.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 02:52h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos! After awhile being away from your blog, I’m back and happy to find some great stuff you keep posting! This X-mas album seems cool, thanks again and I wish you and the fam Happy Holidays!

  • k02
    Posted at 02:56h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Happy xmas and a new year to u nikos and all the great bloggers out there.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 03:11h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas, Nikos! :¬)

  • Soul Is The Music
    Posted at 11:33h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Superb wall of sound production and great vocals make this an eternal seasonal joy! Merry Christmas nikos.

  • Solomon
    Posted at 15:49h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    This is great listening music for Christmas….It’s a must have for your collection…Thanks

  • Barbara
    Posted at 17:34h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!

  • Keith
    Posted at 18:00h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Very cool. Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Kevin
    Posted at 19:25h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    I’ve always heard my parents talk about this album and now I finally get to hear it. An undeniable classic.

  • Carlos
    Posted at 21:52h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Ring-a-ling-a-ling-a-ding-dong-ding! Merry Christmas everybody!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 00:06h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    A perfect album in every respect. Merry Christmas!!!!!

  • anonymous
    Posted at 03:23h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well!

  • JTF
    Posted at 04:13h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas!

  • rapidan
    Posted at 09:40h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas and Peace and Happiness to you! Thanks for the joy and discovery you give.

  • Lionel
    Posted at 14:18h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    It is indeed the most Christmas-y of Christmas records. Best wishes.

  • Marcus
    Posted at 19:11h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    I remember being a kid and hearing these tracks on the radio every year around Christmastime. Happy times…

  • manny
    Posted at 21:19h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    thank u, happy holidays

  • Elias
    Posted at 01:03h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas Yall.

  • Jack
    Posted at 12:56h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    This album would make a great gift to anyone. Happy New Year.

  • Sara
    Posted at 16:27h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Much love to you and all your visitors here.

  • Jake
    Posted at 19:20h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Happy holidays to y’all and thanks for a whole year of great music!!!

  • Andrey
    Posted at 20:08h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks a lot for post from russian fun of your blog ) Happy holidays to you and your family.

  • alister
    Posted at 01:57h, 27 December 2008 Reply

    Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector have two of the most glorious voices in the history of rock, and every one of their songs on this album is a joy.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:01h, 27 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  • Sotiris Pandis
    Posted at 15:53h, 27 December 2008 Reply

    Merry Christmas, happy holidays and funk new year!

  • Helen
    Posted at 18:48h, 27 December 2008 Reply

    Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

  • robert
    Posted at 04:08h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    A Classic! Thank you and have a great holiday!

  • Daniel Dsed
    Posted at 04:58h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    your blog is truly inspiring, amazing
    thanks so much

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 15:45h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    Usually, I hate Xmas records. But this one is brilliant.
    Thanx a lot. And best wishes for ’09 !


  • Lisa
    Posted at 01:51h, 29 December 2008 Reply

    Aaah yes, I just love this version of Frosty The Snowman… Thanx!
    Best wishes for the new year!!

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 04:09h, 31 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks a million Nikos……and, Happy New Year to You & Yours…

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 15:24h, 14 January 2009 Reply

    Christmas just ain’t the same without these great songs. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 01:42h, 29 February 2012 Reply

    Hi, I thought I’d let you know – this one is still on Filesnic

    Posted at 20:39h, 14 December 2013 Reply

    LE disque qu’il faut avoir pour Noël, mais pas que.

  • tricky59
    Posted at 08:15h, 20 December 2013 Reply

    Without doubt the best Christmas album. This is the record that makes me think where has the time gone? 50 years since I bought this classic and like a fine wine it’s got better with age. Wish I had. Merry Christmas everyone.

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