Christmas with the Chipmunks,V.01 - (Import CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. Children's
  3. Christmas
Number of Discs
Number of Items
Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 1
Country of Origin
Emi Special Markets
EMI Music Distribution
Mono / Stereo
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Chipmunk Song, The
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] My Two Front Teeth, (all I Want For Christmas Is)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Jingle Bells
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Frosty The Snowman
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Night Before Christmas, The
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Silver Bells
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] White Christmas
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Chipmunk Song, The (Christmas Don't Be Late)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] (All I Want for Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Jingle Bells
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Frosty the Snowman
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Night Before Christmas, The
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Silver Bells
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] White Christmas
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] We Wish You a Merry Christmas
South Africa

The Chipmunks: Alvin, Simon, Theodore (vocals).
Additional personnel: David Seville (vocals).
Unknown Contributor Role: David Seville.
If you ignore, with the benefit of "grown-up" hindsight, the fact that the voices of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore were somewhat shrill, occasionally tuneless, and arguably annoying to obnoxious levels, the first volume of Christmas With the Chipmunks is a classic holiday record, and it certainly is that. The minor failings of those three cartoon voices are easy to ignore, and ultimately dismiss, especially if you were a child or were raising one in the 1960s and 1970s. For kids the world already pulsates with a sort of cartoonish, surreal vitality, and never more powerfully than at Christmastime, so the impossible-to-corral Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are the perfect spokesmen (or spokes-chipmunks, as it were) to capture that exhilarating sense of anticipation, the dreamily translucent run from the day after Thanksgiving until the morning when Santa Claus finally drops off the season's gifts. You really do have to withhold "critical" judgment when approaching this record, suspend any degree of cultivated jadedness, and place yourself back in those size five Keds you or your children used to wear. When that task has been accomplished, Christmas With the Chipmunks reveals itself for what it is: an album that is not only amusingly charming, but packed beginning to end with a wide-eyed sense of innocence and bountiful levels of seasonal exuberance, possibly enough to crack the stolid gazes of even the harshest Scrooges. An inspired novelty from the mind of actor and songwriter Ross Bagdasarian (who puts in a performance as the scatterbrained but affectionate taskmaster David Seville), the album is outstanding on a musical level, too -- a point that is often lost amid the chattering voices of the trio of lovable rodents. Some of the songs have a jazzy lilt, most immaculately on "Here Comes Santa Claus" and the wonderful "Over the River and Through the Woods," each of which is buoyed by goofy touches of orchestral percussion, ensuring that the music retains its good-natured wink and plays to the album's hokeyness. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," on the other hand, is knee-deep in early rock & roll production and rhythms, while Bagdasarian's original tune "The Chipmunk Song," an instant holiday classic, has the allure of an old Italian love song. The songs, of course, cannot be disparaged in the least, all of them Christmas standards. Despite the small quibble here or there, the same can be said about the album as whole. And if you heard these versions for the first time between the ages of three to ten years, they probably will remain the standards against which you will hold all others for the rest of your life. ~ Stanton Swihart

Date Released
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
The Chipmunks
Nick Draklich
  1. Children
23m 27s
Ted Keep
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