Dear Great Pumpkin, we’re looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night.” Channel your inner Linus today on the 70th anniversary of Peanuts. Craft Recordings celebrates this milestone with new music and video releases featuring Vince Guaraldi’s original songs, which have helped define the Peanuts experience over the past seven decades.

To kick off the 70th anniversary and the holiday season, a new animated video, “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” debuts today on the official Vince Guaraldi YouTube channel. The song is instantly recognizable from the 1966 animated television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Craft Recordings also launched a “Peanuts 70th Anniversary Playlist” across music streaming services today, featuring 70 songs from Peanuts TV specials and compilations. As part of the anniversary celebration, Craft Recordings is also releasing a one-time vinyl pressing of A Charlie Brown Christmas with a special dancing lenticular print of the original 1965 album cover with Schulz’s famous illustration. The soundtrack album will lead families into the holiday season with music from the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Vince Guaraldi via YouTube

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