Christmas Can Be Cool – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

16 Dec

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is the very best Christmas pop song ever written. This is not debatable. Do children hearing those momentous opening chords for the first time sense the significance of the occasion? Phil Spector’s trademark Wall of Sound, essentially the musical equivalent of a great bear hug, was made for Christmas time. If Dickens’ A Christmas Carol were set in modern times, there would be no need for the three Christmas ghosts – Scrooge would need only to hear the sound of Spector’s jukebox orchestra filling the room, accompanied by Darlene Love’s unbelievably emotion-filled voice, to be brought to his knees. Yes, Spector’s entire Christmas album is essential listening, but this is its best track; it deserves its own entry.

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3 Responses to “Christmas Can Be Cool – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)””

  1. iburiedpaul90 December 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I absolutely love this song. Especially in in the film Goodfellas.

  2. Every Record Tells A Story December 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I like that. “It is not debatable”. It is the rock n roll equivalent of a Christmas Carol. Very True!

    • Adam Sandlin December 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      Thanks! Your article on Spector’s album is great, too! So glad “Silent Night” isn’t any longer–it’s ridiculously creepy.

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