If you shop for records, DJ equipment, HiFi equipment, or turntable accessories online, you’ve probably spent some time on the Turntable Lab website. After more than 20 years, the online retailer has a global customer base who love their selection of products, and value their expertise and customer service. If you love Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, Christmas and Chanukah have come early with some great new products. Just don’t let Lucy hold your tonearm while cueing up the record.
Turntable Lab CEO and Co-Founder, Peter Hahn, recently sat down with us to answer some questions about how the retailer got started and why it was able to navigate the pandemic and lockdowns so successfully.
One of the best parts of the vinyl revolution has been the reissue of classic records from the 1960s and 1970s that many of us remember quite fondly from our childhoods. Charlie Brown and Peanuts were really big in my home and I’m thrilled that I can pass this down to my own children who have grown up with My Little Pony, SpongeBob, and some questionable anime on YouTube.
Turntable Lab have announced an officially licensed collaboration with PEANUTS just in time for the holiday season.
Available to pre-order beginning today (11/12) exclusively on TurntableLab.com and due out December 8th, the Turntable Lab x PEANUTS collection features a special edition pressing of A Boy Named Charlie Brown on yellow wax, plus record mats, tote bags, and t-shirts, all being offered in multiple colors.
Says Peter Hahn, TTL’s Co-Owner, “As a lifelong PEANUTS fan, this collaboration was a dream come true. First and foremost, I wanted to get the ‘Buying Records Cheers Me Up’ panel onto quality, well-printed shirts. That image always spoke to me. For the slipmat design, we were able to dig through the PEANUTS archive to find our favorite music and record collecting themed strips. We laid them out simply so you could almost read it like a comic book in between the time you change records. We’ve been using these for a while now, and we’re continually finding new nuances in Charles Schulz’s work. Lastly, we filled out the collection with an exclusive pressing of the classic Charlie Brown soundtrack.”
This vinyl reissue of the classic 1964 soundtrack, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Colored Vinyl) – Turntable Lab Exclusive (available for $24.95), is being released in partnership with Craft Recordings.
The album was newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and features nine evocative cues from the Vince Guaraldi Trio, including memorable tracks such as the lilting “Oh, Good Grief,” the reflective “Happiness Is,” the lively “Charlie Brown Theme,” and the buoyant “Frieda (With the Naturally Curly Hair).”
The exclusive yellow vinyl variant comes with a custom obi-strip and includes a special bonus: eight collectible baseball cards that showcase Charlie Brown’s team of misfits: Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Lucy Van Pelt, Franklin Armstrong, Schroeder, and, of course, manager and pitcher, Charlie Brown.
The collection’s premium reversible PEANUTS Comic Strip Record Slipmat (available in blue, green, and grey for $19.95 for a single and $29.95 for a pair) are suitable for both everyday listening and DJing. Click here for a first look at the collection, specifically highlighting the different slipmat’s being offered.
There is also the PEANUTS Record Shopping Tote (available in black and natural for $20.00) and the 100% cotton PEANUTS Record Shopping Shirt (available in black, royal blue, and gold for $30.00). The premium quality 10 oz cotton canvas tote features silkscreened graphics on both sides and comfortably holds about 30 records.
TTL is offering the record on its own or bundled with their PEANUTS tote (available for $40.00).
Says Hahn, “This illustration appears for the first time on an officially licensed shirt. From its early dissemination on Tumblr and vinyl message boards, this single frame from the PEANUTS universe [where Schroeder tells Lucy, ‘Buying records cheers me up…Whenever I feel low, I buy some new records.’] captured one of the simple truths about record collecting.”