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MaryNYS

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Hi all,

It is Christmas time and I am looking forward to listening to Brian's Christmas CD on my CD Walkman.  A marevlous CD!!  Well done!!  What talent!!  It is hard for me to pick a favorite song.  What a flawless Christmas gift Brian gave us when it came out.  I love his Christmas greeting at the end.  It is so heartfelt.  If any of you have friends, family members, co-workers, employers or people you go to church with who like Brian this would be the perfect gift to give them.   

Do any of you remember what the New York Times said about it the year it came out?   
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Jeremy L

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  I listened to Brian's Christmas album the other day and it still holds up very well.  I also enjoy listening to my Beach Boys Ultimate Christmas CD which combines the 64 album along with the Christmas songs they did sometime in the 70s.  I could be wrong but I think a lot of the 70s Christmas songs were recorded around the same time as the MIU sessions.
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Robert Gordon

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Yes, the 70's Christmas tunes do mainly sound
suspiciously like MIU !
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Jeremy L

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Robert,

     I could be wrong but I now remember reading that the band originally intended to do another Christmas album during the MIU sessions and then for whatever reason it wasn't finished and they recorded the regular album.   Musically some of the 70s Christmas songs are exactly like some that are featured on MIU.

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MaryNYS

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Hi all,

I am listening to Brian's What I Really Want For Christmas CD right now.  What talent.  Also, a fabulous way to end Christmas Day.  It wouldn't be Christmas without listening to this CD.  Brian always sends and gives his VERY BEST!!!   
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craigm

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In 1977 the Beach Boys recorded their second Christmas album which was intended to be their last album for Warner/Reprise. But Warner rejected the album insisting on a non-seasonal album. So the Boys went and recorded some new songs and reused the backing tracks of some of the Christmas songs for what was to become MIU.

Christmas Time Is Here Again = Peggy Sue

Melekalikimaka = Kona Coast

Bells of Christmas = Belles of Paris

Also interestingly Santa's Got an Airplane from Ultimate Christmas uses the same 1969 backing track as Loop De Loop.

Really like Melekalikimaka written Al and Mike. Not sure why this wasn’t at least issued as a Christmas single. Fun song.

** Anyone know who’s sing the falsetto part on this?

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