29 NOV 13 CHRIS SLAWECKI
"Black Friday," day one of the 2013 year-end holiday shopping season, is also Record Store Day, which independent record stores throughout the US will celebrate with stockings full of exclusive new collectible vinyl releases. Few of these releases will solicit good cheer like Fantasy Records' new Record Store Day edition of Vince Guaraldi's classic 1964 single "Linus and Lucy" backed with "Oh Good Grief," the pianist's timeless trio recordings with drummer Colin Bailey and bassist Monty Budwig, issued on gold vinyl with a new Peanuts cartoon picture sleeve.
At its rhythmic heart, the irresistibly two-fisted "Linus and Lucy" sings out the passion for samba and bossa nova that ignited Guaraldi's Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus (Original Jazz Classics Remasters, 2010) with this same trio. It's one of the most recognized and popular tunes ever recorded. Its flip side, "Oh Good Grief," swings a jaunty yet reflective two-minute boogie that glides and tumbles in and out of the blues.
This single accompanied the 1965 release of the first full Peanuts soundtrack, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy, 1996). Both "Linus and Lucy" and "Oh Good Grief" are also available on Greatest Hits (Fantasy, '89) and more far-ranging, two-CD retrospective The Definitive Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy, 2009).