“The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” by The Beach Boys - album review

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TJR says

Containing five original songs and seven standards, this is an album which has proved to be a perennial favourite in the U.S. It’s split between the pop-rock affection of Side 1 (where only “Little Saint Nick” kicks ass) and the outright orchestral traditional of Side 2, which is “Saturday Night Variety Show” dullness personified. Whilst 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 traditionals, to which The Beach Boys would apply their vocals. And they wonder why they were never truly hip?

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A1 [01:59] 7.7.png The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
A2 [01:32] 4.5.png The Beach Boys - The Man With All The Toys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
A3 [01:59] 5.2.png The Beach Boys - Santa’s Beard (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
A4 [02:22] 6.4.png The Beach Boys - Merry Christmas, Baby (Brian Wilson) Pop
A5 [01:35] 3.6.png The Beach Boys - Christmas Day (Brian Wilson) Pop
A6 [01:54] 4.0.png The Beach Boys - Frosty The Snowman (Walter Rollins, Steve Nelson) Crooner / Cabaret
B1 [04:03] 5.2.png The Beach Boys - We Three Kings Of Orient Are (John Henry Hopkins) Operatic / Choral
B2 [03:09] 5.7.png The Beach Boys - Blue Christmas (Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [02:20] 5.5.png The Beach Boys - Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [02:29] 4.7.png The Beach Boys - White Christmas (Irving Berlin) Crooner / Cabaret
B5 [02:44] 3.7.png The Beach Boys - I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent) Crooner / Cabaret
B6 [01:19] 3.0.png The Beach Boys - Auld Lang Syne (Traditional, Robert Burns) Sketch / Skit

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