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Here Comes Santa Claus
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Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Silent Night
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Sleigh Ride
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The Bells Of St. Mary's
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White Christmas
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Winter Wonderland
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Never Lose That Loving Feeling For The Season

The Phil Spector story has all the makings of a brilliant Hollywood epic with the producer/songwriter responsible for changing the face of music, thanks to his trademark wall of sound recording techniques, but his incarceration for murder in 2009 will forever be a dark cloud over his legacy.  Together with his label Philles Records Spector introduced the world to a collection of girl groups that defined the ebullient sound of the sixties. His also produced the Beatles 'Let It Be' LP, co-wrote and produced the Righteous Brothers 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' and recorded what for many is the greatest Christmas album of all time in 1963's 'A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector' (initially titled 'A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records').

'A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector' included vocal contributions from Spector himself on the spoken word final track 'Silent Night' but it was the songs from the groups on his label, the Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B Soxx And the Blue Jeans, that it is best known for. That he was born the day after Christmas in 1939 may have given Spector an affinity for the season but no Christmas release before this album sounded quite like his masterpiece. And for all that the album and lead single 'Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)' as performed by Darlene Love performed very poorly on their initial release. Having a release date that coincided with the assassination of President JFK in November 1963 certainly did not help but as Christmas followed Christmas both the single and album have become increasingly popular with Love now firmly installed as one of the premier voices of the yuletide season.

Love's 'Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)' is not the only moment of greatest on this album however as Spector and his groups produced definitive versions of many festive standards with each underpinned by his elaborately layered sound. So the Crystals 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' is awash with throbbing percussion and bright Christmas tics, the Ronettes turn 'Frosty The Snowman' and 'Sleigh Ride' into tumbling avalanches of joy, while 'Here Comes Santa Claus' from Bob B Soxx And the Blue Jeans will have the little ones wide eyed and shaking with anticipation. Darlene Love also gave Frank Sinatra's old song 'Marshmallow World' a bouncy rejig as well redecorating 'White Christmas' so that it now runs Bing Crosby's version close for the definitive take.

 Phil Spector followed up on his Christmas record by producing John Lennon's 1971 release 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'. Featuring Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono band and 30 children from the Harlem Community Choir this was a project just made for Spector. Oddly the single appeared in the U.S. in time for Christmas 1971 but it would be December 1972 before it was officially released in the UK where it was met with instant popularity. While 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is a million miles away from Spector's wall of sound recording his tying up of all the disparate parts into a meaningful and heartfelt whole required all his gifts as a music producer.

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