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« on: December 01, 2012, 05:47:52 AM »

12. Auld Lang Syne
11. We Three Kings of Orient Are
10. I'll Be Home for Christmas
9. White Christmas
8. Frosty the Snowman
7. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
6. Blue Christmas
5. Christmas Day - Al's first lead. AWE! He sounds like he hasn't found his trademark voice yet. Or he has a cold.
4. Santa's Beard
3. Merry Christmas, Baby
2. The Man with All the Toys
1. Little Saint Nick
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2012, 06:24:59 AM »

1. Little Saint Nick
2. We Three Kings
3. White Christmas
4. Frosty The Snowman
5. Blue Christmas
6. The Man With All The Toys
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. Santa's Beard
9. Christmas Day
10. Santa Claus Is Coming Town
11. Merry Christmas, Baby
12. Auld Lang Syne
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 06:44:19 AM »

The order they are on the album, the songs keep getting worse as the album progresses. Blue Christmas and Auld Lang Syne are only exceptions, I'd place them somewhere nearer the top.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012, 06:46:43 AM »

The order they are on the album, the songs keep getting worse as the album progresses. Blue Christmas and Auld Lang Syne are only exceptions, I'd place them somewhere nearer the top.

Yeah, side two is way worse than side one to me.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2012, 06:59:17 AM »

Much is lame but the singing is very nice throughout, and the rock oriented cuts plus Three Kings are worth hearing.

1. Little Saint Nick
2. We Three Kings
3. Merry Christmas Baby Santa's Beard   
4. Santa's Beard                   
5. The Man With All The Toys
6. Auld Lang Syne
7. Christmas Day
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Frosty The Snowman                                 
10 Santa Claus Is Coming Town
11. White Christmas
12. Blue Christmas (how is this so bland)
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012, 07:14:48 AM »

1. Little Saint Nick
2. Blue Christmas
3. I'll Be Home For Christmas
4. Merry Christmas, Baby
5. Christmas Day
6. White Christmas
7. Frosty The Snowman
8. We Three Kings
9.  Santa Claus Is Coming Town
10. Auld Lang Syne
11. The Man With All The Toys
12. Santa's Beard
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2012, 08:05:29 AM »

You are all tripping. The side one cuts are underwritten, underperformed garbage, with the exception of Little Saint Nick (which Brian had the good sense to overdub things like the celeste and sleighbells on for the single). The second side has some stupid arrangements (anything that isn't a ballad really) but We Three Kings, Auld Lang Syne (sans Dennis), Blue Christmas, White Christmas, I'll Be Home.... fantastic singing (especially BW's leads) and pretty, maudlin arrangements.


1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
3. Auld Lang Syne
4. White Christmas
5. Blue Christmas (sure, it ain't Elvis, but Brian sings it nice & sweet anyway)
6. Little Saint Nick (Single Version, natch)
7 to 12 - get off my stereo.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 08:38:01 AM »

You are all tripping. The side one cuts are underwritten, underperformed garbage, with the exception of Little Saint Nick (which Brian had the good sense to overdub things like the celeste and sleighbells on for the single). The second side has some stupid arrangements (anything that isn't a ballad really) but We Three Kings, Auld Lang Syne (sans Dennis), Blue Christmas, White Christmas, I'll Be Home.... fantastic singing (especially BW's leads) and pretty, maudlin arrangements.


1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
3. Auld Lang Syne
4. White Christmas
5. Blue Christmas (sure, it ain't Elvis, but Brian sings it nice & sweet anyway)
6. Little Saint Nick (Single Version, natch)
7 to 12 - get off my stereo.


I just want to get to Today!
Couldn't skip this one, although I wish I could.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2012, 09:36:18 AM »

Don't forget to poll Concert!!!


1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Man With All The Toys
3. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
4. Merry Christmas Baby
5. Blue Christmas
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas
7. Santa's Beard
8. Christmas Day
9. White Christmas
10. Auld Lang Syne
11. Frosty The Snowman
12. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (The worst cut of their entire Capitol career)
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2012, 10:03:44 AM »

1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Man With All The Toys
3. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
4. Merry Christmas Baby
5. Santa's Beard
6. Blue Christmas
7. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Frosty The Snowman
10. Christmas Day
11. White Christmas
12. Auld Lang Syne
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2012, 10:12:39 AM »

Don't forget to poll Concert!!!


1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Man With All The Toys
3. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
4. Merry Christmas Baby
5. Blue Christmas
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas
7. Santa's Beard
8. Christmas Day
9. White Christmas
10. Auld Lang Syne
11. Frosty The Snowman
12. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (The worst cut of their entire Capitol career)

I'm only going through studio albums!
If these keep going well, I'll probably do the rest.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2012, 10:32:05 AM »

Thanks to half being cover songs this is the first album where I really know every single song. The arrangments on the standards are perfect for their voices, perhaps the best arrangements I've ever heard on these songs! Imo the originals are of the highest class when it comes to a band making orignal christmas music. LSN is even a standard per today which speaks volumes of Brian's ability to write enduring music. (also kudos for the album having one of the worst covers ever ^^)



Blue Christmas
Little Saint Nick
We Three Kings Of Orient Are
I'll Be Home For Christmas
White Christmas
Christmas Day
Frosty the Snowman (never has this song been more alive!)

The Man With All The Toys (Santa is less of a turn on than other Christmas themes)
Merry Christmas, Baby
Auld Lang Syne (a classic of course, but all the other ones are just so good! also it's a bit boring and Dennis talking is nothing to me...)
Santa's Beard
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Like to add I was impressed with All Summer Long listening to it fully a few days ago due to the last thread but some of the songs are simply to dated in my ears.
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2012, 10:35:14 AM »

I haven't listened to this album enough to rank every song on it, but am I the only one who loves their version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2012, 10:53:36 AM »

Not a album I spent much time with, but here we go:

1.  Blue Chrustmas
2.  Auld Lang Syne (saw Brian and band perform this on Burns Night in Glasgow a few years back...)
3.  Little Saint Nick
4.  We Three Kings...
5.  I'll Be Home for Christmas
6.  Frosty the Snowman
7.  Christmas Day
8.  Merry Christmas Baby
9.  White Christmas
10.  Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
11.  The Man With All The Toys
12.  Santa's Beard 
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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2012, 11:09:51 AM »

....am I the only one who loves their version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?

I ranked it in the lower half, but I don't think it's as horrid as some do. The vocal intro by Brian is fine, and the ending really gets going and finishes strong. I guess it's the middle of the song that disappoints. I think Mike was trying to be intentionally cute and nasal but he misses the mark. Dick Reynold's arrangement (Pop Goes The Weasel?) is questionable.  Actually, I'm not fond of Reynold's work on the Christmas album overall (or on Adult Child for that matter). The Beach Boys' blend on SCICTT is really good and keeps the song listenable for me. At least it provided some LIFE which was lacking on that album!
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2012, 11:26:45 AM »

I like the originals more than the standards in general, my favourites being "Santa's Beard" (simply because it's a rather unusual subject for a Christmas song and goofy in the best possible sense), "Merry Christmas, Baby" (relative to everything else this one cooks!), "Christmas Day" (I like the sentiment and it's delivered in a suitably calm but not dull way), and the single version of "Little Saint Nick" (obviously). The only standards I find that match or, in some cases surpass the originals, are "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (dat vocal blend) and "Blue Christmas" (the purity in Brian's vocal is immense). I also like the vocals, especially Brian's lead, on "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "White Christmas". The rest -- yes, even "Auld Lang Syne" -- range from forgettable to good.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2012, 02:14:50 PM »

The Man With All the Toys
Little Saint Nick (Would be #1 but it lacks the awesome overdubs the single version has)
Santa's Beard
Merry Christmas Baby
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Auld Lang Syne
Frosty the Snowman
White Christmas
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Blue Christmas
Christmas Day
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2012, 12:07:26 AM »

I love every year when Thanksgiving ends, it's my cue to to obsess over "Little Saint Nick" and listen to it and play it on the piano a million times a day.

1. Little Saint Nick - I want to punch people in the throat when they say " 'Christmas comes this time each year,' what a terrible lyric!" I love my dad, but he says this every time I play the song and it makes me wish I was adopted.
2. Christmas Day - Surprised so many people dislike this. Al's voice is the perfect innocent delivery. He really sounds like he cherishes Christmas and wants everybody to have a nice day. Spirituality: successful!
3. The Man With All the Toys - Great melody.
4. We Three Kings of Orient Are
5. Santa's Beard - Dorky. Cool melody, cool hook.
6. Blue Christmas - Nicely sung, BW.
7. Merry Christmas Baby - Weak concept but has some cool moments.
8. Auld Lang Syne
9. I'll Be Home for Christmas - This and "White Christmas" are both great songs that just aren't interesting enough in their arrangements for me to get that worked up over them. But they're well done and "I'll Be Home..." especially has a nice sentiment.
10. White Christmas
11. Frosty the Snowman
12. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Plain dumb song.
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2012, 10:46:09 AM »

A
Little Saint Nick
We Three Kings of Orient Are

A-
Blue Christmas

B
Santa's Beard
Frosty the Snowman
Merry Christmas, Baby
 
B-
Auld Lang Syne

C+
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
The Man with All the Toys

C
I'll Be Home for Christmas
White Christmas
Christmas Day
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2012, 04:22:12 PM »

1. We Three Kings of Orient Are
2. Little Saint Nick
3. Blue Christmas
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. Merry Christmas, Baby
6. Christmas Day
7. The Man With All the Toys
8. White Christmas

9. Santa's Beard
10. Frosty the Snowman
11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
12.  Auld Lang Syne

I'm not really sure whether I put it as a canonical studio album, much like I'm not sure with Party.  I find it tough to rate this one because most of the standards are good songs and well-sung and the originals all have their charms as well.  It's kind of lacking the standout tracks that populated their other albums around the time, so I guess that's where it falls short in some respects.  It's a fairly enjoyable holiday-theme album.
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2012, 03:15:58 AM »

so all we  can mostly agree on is that Santa's Coming To Town?
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2012, 05:07:30 AM »

1. The Man with All the Toys (I wish it had additional verse or extended guitar solo. Such a good song deserves to be longer)
2. We Three Kings of Orient Are (splendid, wonderful, wondrous, tremendous & other related words!)
3. Christmas Day (well, I’m an Al Jardine fan, so how can I not rank this lovely carol at Top-3? That would be a serious crime from my side)
4. Santa’s Beard (if read the lyrics & listen to the music simultaneously, it’s a very funny song! The way Mike & Brian sing it just makes me smile)
5. Little Saint Nick (I like it equally as the single v-n. Don’t mind the absence of the jingle bells at all)
6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (amazing! Really gives me the holiday mood, love those circus xylophone musical references & jazzy arrangements + Brian’s & Mike’s leads)
7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (stellar performance by the Boys & Brian!) 
8. Frosty the Snowman (I place it this low only because the above seats are vacant. In fact, sometimes I love it even more than #5-#7. Jolly warm & charming Christmas cover!)
9. Merry Christmas, Baby (the only letdown is it’s too repetitive imo. But I don’t skip it, that’s for sure)

Other 3 tracks are not to my taste. White Christmas is especially dreadful. Auld Lang Syne saved by Dennis’s Christmas message, so you won’t have to listen to that dreck in its full form.
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2012, 12:52:37 PM »

This album would be better if it had more secular songs on the "traditional" side, -- consider Spector's Christmas album for how to do that very right -- and if that side were arranged by someone else... maybe Brian?!
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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2012, 12:55:24 PM »

Because I don't care for most of the songs on this album, I'll stick to just a top 3:

1. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
2. Little Saint Nick
3. The Man With All The Toys (I think Brian's version from WIRWFC is superior, though)
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2012, 07:10:39 PM »

1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Man With All The Toys
3. Santa's Beard
4. Frosty The Snowman               
5. Merry Christmas Baby
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas
7. Christmas Day
8. White Christmas
9. Blue Christmas                                 
10.Auld Lang Syne
11.Santa Claus Is Coming Town
12.We Three Kings
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