The Beach Boys' Christmas Album

The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
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ReleasedNovember 9, 1964 (1964-11-09)
RecordedOctober 20, 1963; June 18–30, 1964
StudioCapitol Studios and United Western Recorders, Hollywood
GenrePop, Christmas
Length27:37
LabelCapitol
ProducerBrian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Beach Boys Concert
(1964)
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
(1964)
The Beach Boys Today!
(1965)
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Shut Down Volume 2
(1964)
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
(1964)
Beach Boys Concert
(1965)
Singles from The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
  1. "The Man with All the Toys" / "Blue Christmas"
    Released: November 9, 1964

The Beach Boys' Christmas Album is the seventh studio album by the Beach Boys, released on November 9, 1964.[1][2] it contains five original songs and seven standards on a Christmas theme. The album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons, initially reaching No. 6 in the US Billboard 200 chart in its year of release[3] and eventually going gold.[4] Music historian James Perone wrote that it is "regarded as one of the finest holiday albums of the rock era".[5]

While leader Brian Wilson produced and arranged the rock songs, he left it to Dick Reynolds (an arranger for the Four Freshmen, a group Wilson idolized) to arrange the 41-piece orchestral backings on the traditional songs to which the Beach Boys would apply their vocals.[6] One single was released from the album, the original song "The Man with All the Toys" backed with the group's rendition of "Blue Christmas". "Little Saint Nick", a single which had already been released the previous year, was included on the album.[3]

In 1977, the Beach Boys attempted to follow the album with Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys, but it was rejected by their label. The entire Christmas Album plus selections from the Merry Christmas sessions were later assembled for the 1998 compilation Ultimate Christmas.

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  2. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 72
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  4. ^ Doe, Andrew. "RIAA". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  5. ^ James E Perone (10 Nov 2015). The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World [2 volumes]: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 42. ISBN 9781440803406.
  6. ^ Sanchez, Luis (2014). The Beach Boys' Smile. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 59–61. ISBN 978-1-62356-956-3.