Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wednesday 33⅓ Flashback: ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’

The words “A Christmas gift for you from Phil Spector” may have a dark undertone now. (“Close your eyes, honey... Don’t open ’em... Are they closed?...” BLAM!)

But the 1963 LP “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector” is, in the words of the All Music Guide, “inarguably the greatest Christmas record of all time.”

(So thank you, crazy Jewish man!)

Here it is. Watch it spin. And listen as the Ronettes sing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” produced by Phil Spector in his prime. This LP came out mere months after the Ronettes had their first hit single, “Be My Baby.”

I hereby send warm holiday wishes to the fellow who posted this on YouTube: the one, the only... thunderbird1958. Keep ’em coming in ’08, T’bird.


cuz said...

Dang! I could've had some holidays cards printed up if I had this jpeg cover sooner.

Bret LaGree said...

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (in my house the version on the Jackson 5 Christmas album) really disturbed me when I was young enough to believe in Santa Claus.

Still, better than listening to the 1966 Kansas City Chiefs sing Christmas songs record we listened to at my grandparents' every year.