Phil Spector's Christmas 50th Anniversary

By MusicLounge Nov 20, 2013

 

Arguably the finest Rock & Roll Christmas album of all-time, a seasonal yet essential recording belonging under any Christmas tree.

In 1963, Phil Spector released his first and only Christmas album, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. The album, in which he incorporated his legendary Wall of Sound into Christmas standards using his roster of popular artists from his Philles label, marks its 50th anniversary this month. The album has become a Christmas classic, in fact, it is often cited as Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s favorite album of all time. The album features vocal performances from The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.

The album eventually became a seasonal radio favorite especially after its reissue in 1972, peaking at No. 6 on Billboard magazine’s special year-end, Christmas Albums sales chart, its highest chart ranking ever. It grew in popularity and eventually, 50 years later it is considered to be a seasonal favorite. Several of its tracks have become iconic Christmas songs for generations, most notably, Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). A quarter century after its release, U2 paid homage to the original arrangement, just as Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were inspired by the arrangement of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by the Crystals. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 142 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Click here to get A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector on iTunes