This Beach Boys’ article was written by Bethan Brace, a GIGsoup contributor
Let’s face it, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without music. Be it carols, classics or the latest X-factor winner’s abomination, music is an integral part of the season. ‘The Beach Boy’s Christmas Album’ falls firmly into the classics category of Christmas-themed music, perfectly combining festivity and fun with their usual harmonised vocals and rock ‘n’ roll style. A combination of original songs and covers of well-known favourites, The Beach Boys ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy on this album.
Beginning with five original songs, the album kicks off with ‘Little Saint Nick’, and the listener is immediately transported to Christmastime in California. The sunny perfection of this song ranks it amongst other holiday classics, such as Brenda Lee’s ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’. Similarly, ‘The Man With All The Toys’ leads to images of surfing your way through the season. Brilliantly portraying The Beach Boys’ snowless California at Christmas, these two tracks are the stand-out originals of the album.
‘Santa’s Beard’ is a pleasant enough doo-wop number. The repetition of the word Santa, and a guitar solo echoing ‘Jingle Bells’ seem like a feeble attempt to add a Christmassy feel to a fairly average song. However, ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and ‘Christmas Day’ both have a jolly and upbeat feel to them, bringing a festive warmth back to the album.
These original numbers are followed by covers of some well-known Christmas songs, including ‘We Three Kings Of Orient Are’ and ‘White Christmas’. These covers are pleasant enough, but don’t really deliver the fun aspect of The Beach Boys music that you’d expect to hear. One of the stand-out covers of the album is ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town’. Beautiful harmony and a jazzy accompaniment bring The Beach Boys’ signature charm back to the album in full force.
Despite some of its short-comings, ‘The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album’ remains to be a legendary Christmas album, and a firm favourite world-wide for getting into the festive spirit.