Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (2)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer sounds adapted to Christmas
The Beach boys (as their name suggests) made their reputation singing about summer so it might seem that they would be an unlikely group to record a Christmas album. That they not only did so but made a great job of it, demonstrates their versatility. This album was recorded in 1964, well before they started to experiment with different musical styles so it is recorded in...
Published on 8 Feb 2005 by Peter Durward Harris

versus
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little would have been more
I knew I should have stayed clear of it, although I was looking for their Christmas Album....but not this.

OK, "Little Saint Nick" is there, but it is there again. A second mix of a track always worries me about the strength of an album and my instincts are correct here. A basic album of about 14 tracks would have been fine, but I just did not enjoy the...
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Big G


Most Helpful First | Newest First

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer sounds adapted to Christmas, 8 Feb 2005
By 
Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
(TOP 10 REVIEWER)    (No. 1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
The Beach boys (as their name suggests) made their reputation singing about summer so it might seem that they would be an unlikely group to record a Christmas album. That they not only did so but made a great job of it, demonstrates their versatility. This album was recorded in 1964, well before they started to experiment with different musical styles so it is recorded in the style of their early albums. It has been re-issued in various packages, sometimes with extra tracks added.
As originally released, there were twelve songs, made up of five originals followed seven covers. With one exception (We three kings) the album focuses on the festive side of Christmas, leaving the spiritual side to others, although you might also count Auld lang syne (the closing track) as a spiritual song.
The standout track is Little Saint Nick, an affectionate tribute to Santa, one of four Santa songs, the others being The man with all the toys, Santa's beard and Santa Claus is coming to town. As these titles suggest, this is a generally upbeat album, though Blue Christmas and I'll be home for Christmas provide a contrast to all the fun.
If you enjoy the early music of the Beach boys, when they had fun fun fun riding their little deuce coupe and surfing USA with California girls, you'll love this album.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas album from an unlikely band, 22 Jan 2013
By 
I'm someone who tires of hearing the same Christmas music over and over during the festive period like Wizard. The Pogues and Mariah Carey so I hoped to add a decent Christmas album to my small Christmas collection and was very happy to find this Beach Boys compilation album. The album has half traditional covers and half Beach boys originals; a few of them like Little Saint Nick and Winter Symphony being classics in their own right. The Beach boys originally released their first Christmas album in 1964 with 12 tracks, which was then re-released a few times with extra tracks. This album is essentially the compilation album 'Ultimate Christmas' released in 1998, with different cover art. It's an updated version! The inner booklet has a discussion and history about this album which is very informative and enjoyable. Christmas with the beach boys has to be 1 of the greatest Christmas albums ever with 25 tracks of quality songs (1 being a remix of the more popular Little Saint Nick). If you like the Beach boys then there's no reason not to like this album!

The traditional covers are really good and are instantly recognisable with their incredible harmonies and the originals are all good with that Beach boys sound tying into the Christmas flavour and working very well. The 2 I mentioned are great but Santa's got an airplane, The man with all the toys and the humorous (I saw Santa) Rockin' around the Christmas tree also being highlights. The Beach boys are obviously great at their own sound but they do a great job with Christmas songs too. As a previous reviewer has said; this album is mostly upbeat but some of the covers like Auld Lang Syne, Blue Christmas, I'll be home for Christmas, We three Kings are slow, ballad sounding tracks. I think the idea for this album was for it to be a fun album and represent the band's style with few moody and religious songs. We three Kings is the closest to a carol as the boys get on this album.

The interesting part of this album is that it isn't just made up of songs alone there is a Toy drive public announcement, Dennis Wilson giving a Christmas message and thanks on Auld Lang Syne, Dennis giving a message about giving toys to 'under privileged children' and a Brian Wilson interview about the original album from 1964, which is an interesting listen.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 4 Feb 2011
Great Christmas album with songs which you'll find nowhere else - makes you want to get out the surfboard and have turkey on the beach
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little would have been more, 12 Dec 2010
I knew I should have stayed clear of it, although I was looking for their Christmas Album....but not this.

OK, "Little Saint Nick" is there, but it is there again. A second mix of a track always worries me about the strength of an album and my instincts are correct here. A basic album of about 14 tracks would have been fine, but I just did not enjoy the majority of these tracks. Is it because I don't associate the surfing boys with snow? No, because they have proved they can sing almost anything, but these were just too cheesy for an album of nearly an hour in length.

As much as I love the Beach Boys and their sound (and I have virtually all their albums), this is one which I will not be retaining - I'll find a shorter Christmas album.

Sorry guys!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A genre best left to Bing Crosby & Val Doonican, 11 Aug 2007
By 
Adamski (UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
The Beach Boys were great. Christmas-themed albums aren't.
The previous reviewer put:

"If you enjoy the early music of the Beach boys, when they had fun fun fun riding their little deuce coupe and surfing USA with California girls, you'll love this album."

...but he forgot to add that you need to be a big fan of cheese too.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First
ARRAY(0xa7b2133c)

This product

Christmas With The Beach Boys
Buy MP3 Album6.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews