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The Beach Boys' Christmas Album is the seventh studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released November 9, 1964 on Capitol Records. It contains five original songs and seven standards on a Christmas theme. The album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons, initially reaching No. 6 on Billboard's Christmas LP's chart in its initial release and eventually going gold. Music historian James Perone wrote that it is "regarded as one of the finest holiday albums of the rock era".

While leader Brian Wilson produced and arranged the rock songs, he left it to Dick Reynolds (an arranger for the Four Freshmen, a group Wilson idolized) to arrange the 41-piece orchestral backings on the traditional songs to which the Beach Boys would apply their vocals. One single was released from the album, the original song "The Man with All the Toys" backed with the group's rendition of "Blue Christmas". "Little Saint Nick", a single which had already been released the previous year, was included on the album.

In 1977, the Beach Boys attempted to follow the album with Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys, but it was rejected by their label. The entire Christmas Album plus selections from the Merry Christmas sessions were later assembled for the 1998 compilation Ultimate Christmas.

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Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Beach Boys’ Christmas AlbumThe Beach Boys12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)ST-2164[none]
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (mono)The Beach Boys12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-11-09
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)T-2164[none]
The Beach Boys’ Christmas AlbumThe Beach BoysCD12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 91008 2077779100828
The Beach Boys’ Christmas AlbumThe Beach BoysCD16
  • US1991-09-03
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 95084 2077779508426
Christmas HitsBeach BoysCD12
Universe (Compilations — Attention, some releases may be bootlegs)UN 3 1604013659031604
The Beach Boys’ Christmas AlbumThe Beach BoysDigital Media12
  • XW2011-09-30
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)5099967976256
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (mono & stereo)The Beach BoysDigital Media24
  • XW2015-08-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)602547388018
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (Mastered for iTunes)The Beach BoysDigital Media12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)602547294807
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (Mastered for iTunes, mono & stereo)The Beach BoysDigital Media24
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)602547305664
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (stereo 192kHz/24bit)The Beach BoysDigital Media12
  • US2021-11-29
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)602547387998
The Beach Boys’ Christmas AlbumThe Beach BoysCD12Music for Pleasure7243 8 30729 2 7, CD MFP 6150724383072927

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