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Christmas With the Beach Boys Import

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2004 holiday release from the Rock legends led by the bottomless creative mind of Brian Wilson. Christmas music has always been filled with wonder and beauty but the Beach Boys are one of the few bands that have been able to successfully blend in a Rock 'n' Roll heart. Their harmonies are heaven-sent and Wilson's arrangements manage to transcend both Rock and holiday music, creating a sound all its own. This compilation features 25 tracks including 'Little Saint Nick', 'The Man With All The Toys', 'Santa's Beard', 'Merry Christmas, Baby', 'Frosty The Snowman', 'Christmas Day' and many more. EMI. .
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0002ZCJMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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"Christmas With the Beach Boys" is nothing more than a repackaging of the Beach Boys' "Ultimate Christmas" with a song omitted. The omitted song is "Christmas Time is Here Again," which is actually a rather catchy tune and has no justifiable reason to be omitted here. Don't waste your money on this lesser version when you can have a 5 star version with "Ultimate Christmas," which is indeed the ultimate Beach Boys Christmas CD.
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This is the Beach Boys Christmas album, which has be reissued many time over-which is an indication of how good it is. The Beach Boys are famous for the car antics, but there is a spiritual, and holy side to them, and this album bring it to the forefront. This should not surprise anyone familiar with Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son), who still wears leather jackets and drives Harleys from his "Wild Oats" days.

This arrangement reflects the original 1964 album, with the first half (tracks 1-6) being the Beach Boys teenager music, and the second half (tracks 6-12) being the more artistic side. This arraignment was the usual format for "Today" and "Summer Days (and nights)" -as if they wanted to hid Brian Wilson and his proto-Pet Sounds on the B-sides of their albums.

I think their version of "We Three Kings" is the highlight of the entire album-It brings you to tears.

The second half of the CD has the hidden gems. It has the alternate versions of "Little Saint Nick," sung to "Drive In," and the a capella "Aud Lang Syne," without Denny's Christmas Message.

The most surprising tracks were "Mele Kalikemaka" and "Bells of Christmas," which were originally tracks from the MIU album: "Kona Coast" and "Bells of Paris." As the liner notes indicate, they did an abortive second Christmas Alum which morphed into MIU.

For the history of "Santa's Got An Airplane," get a copy of "Endless Harmony" (ASIN: B00004R95Y). this was an old track of Al Jardine's which has been reworked twice. It's a fun song, with chord progressions similar to "Got To Know The Woman."

I am grateful that Capitol is releasing these lost tracks that only a die hard Beach Boys fan could love.
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Like the person who previously left a comment has said, this is exactly the same as the other Beach Boys release "The Ultimate Christmas" with one song missing. However, i personally haven't ever seen that release sold anywhere, and i only have a copy that my friend made me. So even though that release already exists, it's still cool that they decided to re-release it for this years holiday season, since it's a top notch Christmas album with wonderful Christmas songs that i listen to every holiday season ever since i discovered it.

The first half is better than the other half, since it's essentially the original Beach Boys Christmas album that was officially released in 1964. They were in their prime then, and their voices are gorgeous as usual. Perfect for these songs, including the cute little pop tunes that Brian wrote himself, like the big Christmas season hit "Little Saint Nick". Out of the seasonal covers, "Blue Christmas" is my favorite. We won't hear Brian singing this beautifully solo until around the Pet Sounds album.

The second half is also very enjoyable, but not as good since this is the late 70s now, and needless to say the Beach Boys aren't as good as they used to be. That's really nit-picking though since it's really nice to have more Beach Boys Christmas songs besides just the original 1964 album. My favorites include the flopped obscure 1974 single "Child Of Winter", the absolutely gorgeous and romantic "Morning Christmas" by Dennis Wilson, and Brian's "Winter Symphony". The rest are quite good as well, only complaint here is that some of the songs are actually tunes from the 1978 album MIU turned into Christmas songs. That's not the group's fault though because these Christmas songs came first before they were rejected by the record company.
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Same thing....different cover.

Buy the previously released The Beach Boys "Ultimate Christmas" CD. It has all these songs plus the additional song "Christmas Time Is Here Again"

I rate THAT album 5 stars.

No point in rating this album or buying it when the formal release is still available.
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The Beach boys (as their name suggests) made their reputation singing about summer so it might seem that they would be an unlikely group to record a Christmas album. That they not only did so but made a great job of it, demonstrates their versatility. This album was recorded in 1964, well before they started to experiment with different musical styles so it is recorded in the style of their early albums. It has been re-issued in various packages, sometimes (as here) with extra tracks added but it is the original twelve tracks that really matter.

As originally released, there were twelve songs, made up of five originals followed by seven covers. With one exception (We three kings) the album focuses on the festive side of Christmas, leaving the spiritual side to others, although you might also count Auld lang syne (the closing track) as a spiritual song.

The standout track is Little Saint Nick, an affectionate tribute to Santa, one of four Santa songs, the others being The man with all the toys, Santa's beard and Santa Claus is coming to town. As these titles suggest, this is a generally upbeat album, though Blue Christmas and I'll be home for Christmas provide a contrast to all the fun.

If you enjoy the early music of the Beach boys, when they had fun fun fun riding their little deuce coupe and surfing USA with California girls, you'll love this album.
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