12 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Opening with five Beach Boys originals (including "Christmas Day," with Al Jardine's first lead vocal), The Beach Boys' Christmas Album starts like any other Beach Boys album, with tight-knit harmonies and a pop-rock band providing the instrumental backing. The remaining seven standards, however, include The Four Freshmen's arranger, Dick Reynolds, handling the orchestral backing for tunes such as "Frosty the Snowman," "We Three Kings of Orient Are," and "White Christmas." The mix between the joyful and the solemn makes for a well-rounded collection for those who enjoy holiday fare. "Auld Lang Syne" is an interesting a cappella piece arranged by Brian Wilson, interrupted briefly by Denny Wilson wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on behalf of the band. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Opening with five Beach Boys originals (including "Christmas Day," with Al Jardine's first lead vocal), The Beach Boys' Christmas Album starts like any other Beach Boys album, with tight-knit harmonies and a pop-rock band providing the instrumental backing. The remaining seven standards, however, include The Four Freshmen's arranger, Dick Reynolds, handling the orchestral backing for tunes such as "Frosty the Snowman," "We Three Kings of Orient Are," and "White Christmas." The mix between the joyful and the solemn makes for a well-rounded collection for those who enjoy holiday fare. "Auld Lang Syne" is an interesting a cappella piece arranged by Brian Wilson, interrupted briefly by Denny Wilson wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on behalf of the band. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
WheresJohnStamos ,

In the top 5

Christmas albums of all time.

music city citizen ,

My Favorite Christmas Album of All Time

For me, this is just so way classic - It also brings back cool memories - Like grandpa sitting on the couch at Christmas just minding his own business but singing along with the incredibly killer Brian Wilson vocal solo, "I'll Be Home for Christmas". Also Al Jardine's first vocal solo performance, "Christmas Day." The words to that song are so classic, written by Brain Wilson. And of course included here is the big hit that you hear all the time in supermarkets "Little Saint Nick". In those days you had side 2 of the LP. Here side 2 was largely dedicated to some fully orchestrated traditional Christmas songs, which are out of this world. Many of them were recorded live with the orchestra and The Beach Boys, all in one take, as I understand it. Brian Wilson's and Elton John's favorite Christmas album of all time was Phil Spector's Christmas album from the 60s, but this was mine. Please give this a listen, if you love the Beach Boys.

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