Ultimate Christmas

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Ultimate Christmas
Compilation album by The Beach Boys
Released 22 September 1998
Recorded October 1963–November 1977
Genre Rock
Length 61:58
Label Capitol
Producer Brad Elliot
The Beach Boys chronology
Endless Harmony Soundtrack
(1998)Endless Harmony Soundtrack1998
Ultimate Christmas
The Capitol Years
(1999)The Capitol Years1999

Ultimate Christmas is a 1998 compilation of Christmas music by the Beach Boys released on Capitol Records. It rounds up all of the tracks from 1964's The Beach Boys' Christmas Album in addition to a handful of unreleased tracks from the aborted Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys album in 1977, some of which were revised to be included on M.I.U. Album the following year.[1]

As a collection of the Beach Boys' Christmas tunes, Ultimate Christmas manages to round up virtually every song the band recorded and released on the subject; in 2004 Capitol took it out of print and replaced it with Christmas with The Beach Boys, essentially the same compilation with new cover art and one song ("Christmas Time Is Here Again") removed from the track list.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[4]

Ultimate Christmas (Capitol 72434 95734 2 0) never charted in the US or the UK.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Little Saint Nick" Brian Wilson, Mike Love Mike Love 2:01
2. "The Man with All the Toys" Brian Wilson, Love Brian Wilson and Love 1:32
3. "Santa's Beard" Brian Wilson, Love Love 2:00
4. "Merry Christmas, Baby" Brian Wilson Love 2:21
5. "Christmas Day" Brian Wilson Al Jardine 1:47
6. "Frosty the Snowman" Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins Brian Wilson 1:54
7. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" John Henry Hopkins Love and Brian Wilson 4:03
8. "Blue Christmas" Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson Brian Wilson 3:09
9. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie Brian Wilson and Love 2:20
10. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin Brian Wilson 2:29
11. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram Brian Wilson 2:44
12. "Auld Lang Syne" Traditional; arranged by Brian Wilson group 1:19
13. "Little Saint Nick" (Single version) Brian Wilson, Love Love 2:08
14. "Auld Lang Syne" (Alternate mix) Traditional; arranged by Brian Wilson group 1:23
15. "Little Saint Nick" (Alternate version) Brian Wilson, Love Brian Wilson and Love 2:04
16. "Child of Winter (Christmas Song)" Brian Wilson, Stephen Kalinich Brian Wilson and Love 2:49
17. "Santa's Got an Airplane" Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, Love Love and Al Jardine 3:09
18. "Christmas Time Is Here Again" Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, Jardine Jardine 3:02
19. "Winter Symphony" Brian Wilson Brian Wilson 3:00
20. "(I Saw Santa) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Brian Wilson, Jardine Al, Matt and Adam Jardine 2:23
21. "Melekalikimaka" (aka "Kona Christmas") Jardine, Love Love and Jardine 2:34
22. "Bells of Christmas" Jardine, Ron Altbach, Love Love 2:44
23. "Morning Christmas" Dennis Wilson Dennis Wilson 3:22
24. "Toy Drive Public Service Announcement"     1:23
25. "Dennis Wilson Christmas Message"     0:31
26. "Brian Wilson Christmas Interview"     2:35


  1. ^ Elliot, Brad (1998). Ultimate Christmas (CD Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records. 
  2. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Ultimate Christmas - The Beach Boys : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (October 2004). "The Beach Boys Ultimate Christmas". Blender. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.