Well, as the title suggests, this is a Christmas album, by the Beach Boys. It's also not very good, but considering this was their third album of the year, that's not surprising.
Side one is a collection of Brian Wilson songs (since his mid-90s lawsuit, Mike Love gets a co-writing credit on all these), mostly on the subject of Santa Claus and/or being sad because your girlfriend isn't there at Christmas. Side two is more of the same, except older songs, with orchestration by Dick Reynolds, who had worked with the Four Freshmen - a big influence on the Beach Boys.
The album also has Al Jardine's first lead vocal - on Christmas Day
In 1998 the album was reissued as Ultimate Christmas, with a selection of previously unreleased songs, mostly outtakes from the MIU Album sessions. These are mostly of little interest, but Brian's Winter Symphony is beautiful, and Dennis Wilson's Morning Christmas is stunning.
Original tracklising:
  1. Little Saint Nick
  2. The Man With All The Toys
  3. Santa's Beard
  4. Merry Christmas, Baby
  5. Christmas Day
  6. Frosty The Snowman
  7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  8. Blue Christmas
  9. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  10. White Christmas
  11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  12. Auld Lang Syne

  13. And bonus tracks on Ultimate Christmas:
  14. Little Saint Nick (Single Version)
  15. Auld Lang Syne (Alternate Mix)
  16. Little Saint Nick (Alternate Version)
  17. Child Of Winter (Christmas Song)
  18. Santa's Got An Airplane
  19. Christmas Time Is Here Again
  20. Winter Symphony
  21. (I Saw Santa) Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  22. Melekalikimaka
  23. Bells Of Christmas
  24. Morning Christmas
  25. Toy Drive Public Service Announcement
  26. Dennis Wilson Christmas Message
  27. Brian Wilson Christmas Interview

The album is currently available on Capitol Records as Ultimate Christmas
The line-up for this album was Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine. The original album was produced by Brian Wilson, the bonus tracks by Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and/or Al Jardine , depending on the song.
Previous album - All Summer Long
Next album - Beach Boys Concert

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