December 23, 2009 – 3:20 pm

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New Jersey 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, December 17, 2009. Good to very good audience recording, with very enthusiastic audience participation.

Since the release of Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You in 1963, this album (considered a relative flop when it first came out) is now seen as an essential holiday favourite (probably as much as the one by the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus is for the younger crowd).

Already stars in their own right, the album re-emphasised Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector’s status as soul queens and it’s a great pleasure to listen to them re-visit theirĀ  hits. While Ronnie has her regular Christmas show, it’s a bonus to see Darlene and Ronnie together in this show - this is the first time they shared the stage in more than 15 years. The gig was a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs on Monmouth County.

The only regret is that Darlene Love did not sing what would be considered one of the “modern” Christmas classics - All Alone On Christmas. (Some may remember this track from Home Alone 2.) But how many “modern” Christmas classics are there? Even then, this Little Steven tune is memorable not only because of the song’s driving power but because it is also a close cousin of Love’s earlier hit, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), which is also namechecked.

All the same, thanks to imageman2005 and bcc32065 for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site… and a soulful and funky holiday to one and all.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are not available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1 (Set 1: Darlene Love)
Track 101. Announcement/Intro Darlene
Track 102. God Isn’t Through With Me Yet
Track 103. Go Tell It On The Mountain
Track 104. talk/intro
Track 105. Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home
Track 106. Da Doo Ron Ron
Track 107. talk/intro
Track 108. Hitch Hike
Track 109. Pride & Joy
Track 110. Ain’t That Peculiar
Track 111. You’re All I Need To Get By
Track 112. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Track 113. What’s Goin’ On
Track 114. talk/intro
Track 115. A Night Of Peace
Track 116. talk/intro
Track 117. River Deep, Mountain High
Track 118. talk/intro
Track 119. I Know Where I’ve Been
Track 120. He’s A Rebel
Track 121. talk/band intros
Track 122. White Christmas
Track 123. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Disc 2 (Set 2: Ronnie Spector)
Track 201. The Christmas Song (instr.)
Track 202. Sleigh Ride
Track 203. Do I Love You?
Track 204. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Track 205. Please Be Mine
Track 206. Keep On Dancing
Track 207. Frosty The Snowman
Track 208. So Young
Track 209. Back To Black
Track 210. Baby I Love You
Track 211. It’s Christmas Once Again
Track 212. Every Season Has An End
Track 213. Walking In The Rain
Track 214. The Best Part Of Breaking Up
Track 215. She Talks to Rainbows
Track 216. Be My Baby
Track 217. encore call
Track 218. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Track 219. Merry Christmas (War Is Over)
Track 220. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree*
Track 221. I Can Hear Music*
* with Darlene Love

Click on the link to order A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.


  2. Phil Spector is paying for his crimes in prison this Christmas, but the singers and musicians associated with his success don’t merit the same fate. Darlene’s and Ronnie’s voices are as powerful now as 45 years ago, and having them together is a wonderful treat. But what about getting Leon Russell and a group of those session musicicans and doing a “funk brothers” style tour with these singers?

    By trivialtony on Dec 24, 2009

  3. What a Christmas gift!
    Darlene Love is still, to my old ears, one of the finest female vocalists on the planet.
    Thanks a million for this.

    By Jack on Dec 24, 2009

  4. According “elsandoval” and “acetboy” one note:
    The song listed as “She Talks To Rainbows” is actually Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”. She Talks To Rainbows is the name of the EP it came from as well as a completely different song altogether.

    By Feelgood on Dec 24, 2009

  5. The vocals still sound great. I would love to get a good soundboard mix of that show. Thanks!

    By Malcolm on Dec 26, 2009

  6. I’m so grateful for this; thank you! I’d been planning to go to this show (I’m in Seattle), but then accepted a new position at work that didn’t allow me to take time off at that point. Promotion: good. Missing seeing the show: bad. Being the recipient of your generosity: consoling. Have a great 2010!

    By David on Dec 30, 2009

  7. Well what can I say… this UK fan of both Darlene and Ronnie is eternally grateful for the sharing of these files for those of us who couldn’t make the two US dates of A Christmas Gift… I have to say that Darlene steals it for me but Ronnie’s unique vocals are wonderful too. I do hope both ladies come to the UK with this amazing show soon. Your UK fans have been deprived for far too long of your live shows. This recording though is the next best thing to being in NJ, a Christmas Gift to us all so once again many thanks.

    By Rob C on Jan 3, 2010

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