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
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Blender2/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[4]

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

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Little Saint Nick"Brian Wilson, Mike LoveMike Love2:01
2."The Man with All the Toys"Brian Wilson, LoveBrian Wilson and Love1:32
3."Santa's Beard"Brian Wilson, LoveLove2:00
4."Merry Christmas, Baby"Brian WilsonLove2:21
5."Christmas Day"Brian WilsonAl Jardine1:47
6."Frosty the Snowman"Steve Nelson, Jack RollinsBrian Wilson1:54
7."We Three Kings of Orient Are"John Henry HopkinsLove and Brian Wilson4:03
8."Blue Christmas"Billy Hayes, Jay W. JohnsonBrian Wilson3:09
9."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"J. Fred Coots, Haven GillespieBrian Wilson and Love2:20
10."White Christmas"Irving BerlinBrian Wilson2:29
11."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck RamBrian Wilson2:44
12."Auld Lang Syne"Traditional; arranged by Brian Wilsongroup1:19
13."Little Saint Nick" (Single version)Brian Wilson, LoveLove2:08
14."Auld Lang Syne" (Alternate mix)Traditional; arranged by Brian Wilsongroup1:23
15."Little Saint Nick" (Alternate version)Brian Wilson, LoveBrian Wilson and Love2:04
16."Child of Winter (Christmas Song)"Brian Wilson, Stephen KalinichBrian Wilson and Love2:49
17."Santa's Got an Airplane"Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, LoveLove and Al Jardine3:09
18."Christmas Time Is Here Again"Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, JardineJardine3:02
19."Winter Symphony"Brian WilsonBrian Wilson3:00
20."(I Saw Santa) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Brian Wilson, JardineAl, Matt and Adam Jardine2:23
21."Melekalikimaka" (aka "Kona Christmas")Jardine, LoveLove and Jardine2:34
22."Bells of Christmas"Jardine, Ron Altbach, LoveLove2:44
23."Morning Christmas"Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson3:22
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.