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Finally, it's Christmas week so time to break out the big guns - and they don't come much bigger (or, unfortunately, much gunnier) than A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector.
34 minutes and 12 seconds of Wall of Sound bliss, we're sure you know every note of the album by now. Instead, here's six festive facts you can pull out next time someone starts talking about the album. And they will.
1. The original title was A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records. It was released as Philles 4005 in 1963 on Philles Records, the record label formed two years earlier by Phil Spector and partner Lester Sill. Nine years later, it was released on Apple Records with different cover art and retitled Phil Spector's Christmas Album.
2. The original release went to number 13. The reissue however made it to number six. One of the reasons for the original's failure was it was released on 22nd November 1963, the same day as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
3. It's Brian Wilson's favourite album of all time.
4. Percussion on the album is credited to one Sonny Bono. This was two years before his only solo hit (Laugh At Me) and three years before I Got You, Babe with the lovely Cher. In the early Sixties, Sonny was employed as a promotion man, percussionist and gofer for Philles Records.
5. Over on drums was Hal Blaine. It would take a separate website to give suitable props to Blaine but here are just six records he's worked on: Strangers in the Night with Frank Sinatra; Can't Help Falling in Love with Elvis Presley; Good Vibrations with The Beach Boys; Bridge Over Troubled Water with Simon & Garfunkel; Mr Tambourine Man with The Byrds; and, back in Spectorland, Be My Baby with The Ronettes. Bloody hell.
6. Finally, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector and sung by Darlene Love. The song was originally written with Ronnie Spector in mind but according to Darlene Love, Spector was not able to put as much emotion into the song as needed.
In July (July!) 1987, U2 became the gazillionth band to cover the song when they recorded it during a soundcheck at the Glasgow date on their Joshua Tree Tour. This version was eventually released in 1987 on U2's A Very Special Christmas.
Nice effort lads, but we'll stick with the original.