Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys' Christmas Album (US 1964)

19 December 2014

The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys' Christmas Album (US 1964)

"The Beach Boys' Christmas Album" was released in 1964, produced by "Brian Wilson", and recorded at "Capitol Studios" and "Western Recorders" in Hollywood, CA from October 20, 1963 and June 18 - 30, 1964. "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album" worked well as a lightweight, good-natured offering of original and traditional Christmas songs, and it also worked well in meeting the increasingly insatiable demands of "Capitol Records" (this album is "The Beach Boys"' fourth for the year 1964!).

The album comes in two parts, beginning with five original "Brian Wilson" songs ("Little Saint Nick" was actually a 1963 Christmas single which was used to lead off this album) which deal with some quasi-yuletide subjects like breaking up with your girl and a young boy's discovery that the store Santa is not the actual Santa Claus of the North Pole. These songs, all written by "Brian Wilson", are fun but clearly indicate a dashed-off level of work, performed by "The Beach Boys" themselves without any sessionist help, and boasts the first lead vocal from "Alan Jardine" in the song "Christmas Day". "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album" will peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.