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The Beach Boys' Christmas Album [Best of, Original recording, HiFi Sound, Cutout]

The Beach BoysVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording, HiFi Sound, Cutout
  • Label: CAPITOL
  • ASIN: B00129LV06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Note: Cutouts are bargain-priced CDs that may have a "cut" or hole punched through the packaging. The CDs are new and unplayed, and they are covered by our standard returns policy for other CDs.

Editorial Reviews

THIS IS A VINYL RECORD ALBUM BY THE BEACH BOYS CALLED "THE BEACH BOYS' CHRISTMAS ALBUM", & IT'S ON THE CAPITOL LABEL #SM-2164. IT CONTAINS A DOZEN XMAS TUNES LIKE: "LITTLE SAINT NICK, MERRY XMAS BABY, SANTA'S BEARD, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE, BLUE XMAS, WHITE XMAS, I'LL BE HOME FOR XMAS + THE MAN WITH ALL THE TOYS", ETC. ****NOTE: THIS IS A FIRST PRESSING & SOME WERE PRESSED ON GREEN OR RED VINYL!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very good, but very short without bonus tracks November 6, 2011
By S.W.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Beach Boys' first (and only released) Christmas album has been reissued on CD in several different versions over the years. Most of the previous CD editions featured the twelve original tracks as well as bonus tracks (and in a few cases, different titles and completely different artwork); this latest version (from 2011) contains the original artwork along with some extra art but no bonus tracks. Also, the original "album" version of "Little Saint Nick" has been replaced with the single version, which features some instrumentation that was removed when song was included on the original album.
This is really a very good album, but it's very short without any bonus material (under 30 minutes). It is almost evenly split between more "rock"-styled recordings (the first five tracks) and more "traditional" performances, most of them with orchestration (the rest of the album).
The "rock" tracks are "original" songs (written either by Brian or by Brian with Mike). The best of these is "Little Saint Nick," followed closely by "Merry Christmas, Baby." (By the way, the single version of "Little Saint Nick" was actually originally released the year before the album came out.) "Santa's Beard" is probably the third best original song. "Christmas Day" is O.K. but too short, at least lyric-wise. (Incidentally, the song features Al's first lead vocal as a Beach Boy.) "The Man With All The Toys" is definitely too short both ways, and the lyrics that ARE there really don't tell much of a story, at least not to me. I can't help wondering why this song was released as a single instead of one of the other songs on the album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Artwork, but Totally Flawed Mastering November 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This new 2011 CD release of the Beach Boys 1964 Christmas album, with the original 12 tracks and no bonus tracks, features a true representation of the original front and back covers of the original LP for the first time in CD format, plus 2 additional Christmas photos of the group that have been used on other reissues.
However, the music on the CD is all wrong, literally. The first 5 tracks are in mono, and the final 7 in stereo, a jumbled configuration that never existed on vinyl. And to make matters worse, "Little Saint Nick" is the 45 single version with all the added percussion instead of the album version.
So, I recommend this for fans to get the nice artwork, but you'll have to burn your own disc to go with it using the complete album in stereo as originally issued (which was all included on the CD "Beach Boys Ultimate Christmas" back in 1998.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Album January 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I visited my sister over the Holidays, and come Christmas morning, we opened presents while listening to the Beach Boys Christmas Album. It was as if magic had descended over the house, and her two young daughters were thrilled, having never heard it before. If you haven't heard it yourself, I strongly urge you to pick it up, and experience the magic for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you Love the Beach Boys you will love this! February 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really love this Beach Boys Christmas CD. The Beach Boys are the BEST! Christmas music sang by them is a bonus! Looked online with amazon.com for a specific song sang by the Beach Boys..found it on this album: "Santas Beard". So happy to have found it on this album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories October 13, 2011
By djinx
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember listening to this every year at Christmas when the original vinyl first came out. Every year after we would play it over and over till after 14 years it was finally shot. This will be my first Christmas in 35 years to hear it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas tradition May 6, 2014
By mbarr
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has to be one of the great Christmas tradition albums. A little rock and roll and a lot of Christmas tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 27, 2014
By NN
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
They wrote several songs and they are my favorite. Love,love,love "Little Saint Nick" especially, and includes the upbeat "Frosty the Snowman" that's heard on every radio station during the holiday season.
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