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The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released November 16, 1964
Recorded 18 - 30 June 1964
Except "Little Saint Nick":
20 October 1963
Genre Rock
Christmas
Length 27:37
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Beach Boys Concert
(1964)
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
(1964)
The Beach Boys Today!
(1965)

The Beach Boys' Christmas Album is a Christmas album by The Beach Boys, released on November 16, 1964. Containing five original songs and seven standards, the album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons, initially reaching #6 in the US Christmas album chart in its year of release and eventually going gold.

Of the original songs, "Little Saint Nick" was already famous, having been a hit single the year before. "The Man with All the Toys" was another hit during Christmastime 1964. "Christmas Day" is noteworthy for being the first Beach Boys song to feature a lead vocal from Al Jardine.

While leader Brian Wilson produced and arranged the "rock" songs, he left it to Dick Reynolds (an arranger of The Four Freshmen, a group Wilson idolized) to arrange the orchestral backings on the traditional songs to which The Beach Boys would apply their vocals.

Contents

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Little Saint Nick" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 1:59
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
    • Album version is a different mix from the 1963 mono single
  2. "The Man with All the Toys" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 1:32
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  3. "Santa's Beard" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 1:59
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "Merry Christmas, Baby" (Brian Wilson) – 2:22
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
    • Original Mono LP version 2:13
  5. "Christmas Day" (Brian Wilson) – 1:47
    • Features Al Jardine on lead vocals
    • Original Mono LP version 1:35
  6. "Frosty the Snowman" (Steve Nelson/Jack Rollins) – 1:54
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals

Side two

  1. "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" (John Henry Hopkins) – 4:03
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  2. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes/Jay W. Johnson) – 3:09
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  3. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (J. Fred Coots/Haven Gillespie) – 2:20
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:29
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon/Walter Kent/Buck Ram) – 2:44
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  6. "Auld Lang Syne" (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 1:19
    • Features Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine on lead vocals

The Musicians

Orchestra

  • Violins: Robert Barene, Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, Jimmy Getzoff, Bernard Kundell, William Kurasch, Alfred Lustgarten, Lou Raderman, Henry Roth, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson, Darrel Terwilliger
  • Cellos: Jesse Ehrlich, Armand Kaproff, Raymond Kelley, Karl Rossner, Joseph Saxon, Frederick Seykora
  • Harp: Dorothy Ramsen
  • Woodwinds: Gene Cipriano, Billy Green, Robert Jung, Wilbur Schwartz
  • Trumpets: Virgil Evans, Henry Laubach, Oliver Mitchell, Al Porcino
  • Trombones: Urbie Green, Lew McCreary, Richard Nash
  • French horns: David Duke, Arthur Maebe, Richard Perissi
  • Tuba: George "Red" Callender
  • Piano: Eugene DiNovi
  • Guitar: Al Viola
  • Bass: Clifford Hils
  • Drums: Frankie Capp
  • Percussion: Bones Howe
    • Orchestra Conducted by Benjamin Barrett
    • Special Arrangements by Dick Reynolds

Singles

  • "Little Saint Nick" b/w "The Lord's Prayer" (Capitol 5096), 2 December 1963 US #3 (on Christmas chart)
  • "The Man with All the Toys" b/w "Blue Christmas" (Capitol 5312), 16 November 1964 US #3 (on Christmas chart)

The Beach Boys' Christmas Album (Capitol T-2164/ST-2164) hit #6 in the US Christmas album chart during a 13 week chart stay spread out from 1964 to 1968.

Reissues

  • The Beach Boys' Christmas Album was first issued on CD in 1988 with the single mix of "Little Saint Nick" as the first track, replacing the LP version. It was reissued on CD in 1991 with four bonus tracks: the single mix of "Little Saint Nick" (in mono and featuring additional instrumental overdubs not on the stereo album version), its B-side "The Lord's Prayer", and alternate takes of "Little Saint Nick" (utilizing the melody from the group's song "Drive-In") and "Auld Lang Syne".
  • 1998 saw the release of Ultimate Christmas, a new CD compilation containing all of the tracks from the original LP, all of the bonus tracks from the previous CD except for "The Lord's Prayer", and 11 additional tracks including the 1974 single "Child of Winter" and several previously-unreleased tracks from an aborted 1977 Christmas album.
  • Christmas with the Beach Boys, issued in 2004, is essentially a reissue of Ultimate Christmas with a new title and cover art and one song ("Christmas Time Is Here Again") deleted from the tracklist. Like Ultimate Christmas, it omits "The Lord's Prayer" from the "Little Saint Nick" single.

Sources

  • The Beach Boys' Christmas Album CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990.
  • Ultimate Christmas CD booklet notes, Brad Elliott, c.1998
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story", Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • "Top Pop Singles 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Allmusic.com

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