The Beach Boys

Ultimate Christmas

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Ultimate Christmas Review

by Matthew Greenwald

With this collection, Capitol has come up with something that has long been missing, a collection of essentially every Christmas recording done by a band that was born to sing this type of music. The CD starts out with the complete 1964 sessions for the Beach Boys Christmas album, along with several outtakes and alternate mixes, one of the most interesting being the original 45 mix of the seasonal hit "Little St. Nick," which, with its added celeste, sleigh bells and glockenspiel, is alone worth the price of the CD. In addition to that, this set contains seven tracks from the previously unreleased 1977 Christmas album, that, while not as balanced as the 1964 record, indeed have their charm. One track, Brian Wilson's "Winter Symphony," was initially not intended for the Christmas album (it was originally recorded in 1975-6), but was completed by the group. It is particularly interesting because of the strange dichotomy between the sadness of the music and the pleasant lyric, and it provides another insight to Brian Wilson's creative muse during the 1970s. Several public service announcements and interviews close the disc out. It's a holiday slam-dunk.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Beach Boys 02:03
2 The Beach Boys 01:32
3 The Beach Boys 02:00
4 The Beach Boys 02:28
5 The Beach Boys 01:51
6 The Beach Boys 01:56
7 The Beach Boys 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Beach Boys 03:12
9 The Beach Boys 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Beach Boys 02:30
11 The Beach Boys 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Beach Boys 01:20 Amazon
13 The Beach Boys 02:01
14 The Beach Boys 01:19
15 The Beach Boys 01:56 Amazon
16 The Beach Boys 02:52
17 The Beach Boys 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
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The Beach Boys 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Beach Boys 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Beach Boys 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
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The Beach Boys 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Beach Boys 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
23 The Beach Boys 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
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The Beach Boys 01:32 SpotifyAmazon
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The Beach Boys feat: Dennis Wilson 00:34 SpotifyAmazon
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The Beach Boys feat: Brian Wilson 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
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