Uncut - p.1363 stars out of 5
- "[Brian Wilson's] genius surfaces: in the lovely vocal arrangements...and on one classic song 'Little Saint Nick'..."
The Beach Boys: Mike Love (vocals); Carl Wilson, Al Jardine (guitar, vocals); Brian Wilson (bass, keyboards, vocals); Dennis Wilson (drums, vocals).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The Beach Boys: Dennis Wilson , Al Jardine, Mike Love , Carla Wilson, Brian Wilson .
Personnel: The Beach Boys (vocals); Dennis Wilson , Adam Jardine, Al Jardine, Matt Jardine, Mike Love , Brian Wilson (vocals).
Audio Remixer: Al Jardine.
Liner Note Author: Anthony DeCurtis.
Recording information: Brian Wilson's Home Studio, Bel-Air, CA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); Brother Studio, Santa Monica, CA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); Kaye Smith Studios, Seattle, WA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); M.I.U. Institute, Fairfield, IA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977); Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA (10/18/1963-11/??/1977).
Photographer: Harry Goodwin.
Arranger: Dick Reynolds.
Originally released in 1964, this classic early Beach Boys album contains both traditional holiday songs like "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas," and "Frosty the Snowman," and Brian Wilson-penned originals like "Little Saint Nick," "Merry Christmas, Baby," and "Christmas Day," the latter of which is also Al Jardine's lead vocal debut. A rarity in that half the album is produced by Dick Reynolds, the regular arranger for primary Beach Boys influences the Four Freshmen, rather than Brian Wilson himself, the CHRISTMAS ALBUM also features a gorgeous a cappella version of "Auld Lang Syne," previously unreleased mixes, and contemporary interviews with both Brian and Dennis Wilson.