Friday, December 18, 2009

Brian Wilson Is What I Want For Christmas

We have heard several standout holiday songs this decade, but I don't believe we have been blessed with many classic contemporary albums. Sufjan Stevens comes to mind, but it gets pretty scarce after that. The other exception is this one from 2005 by Brian Wilson. Arista CEO Clive Davis envisioned this project and asked Wilson to do it. The result, 'What I Really Want For Christmas', is comprised of 10 holiday standards, two rerecorded songs from 'The Beach Boys' Christmas Album' one new song by Wilson with Bernie Taupin, one new song by Wilson with Jimmy Webb and one new song by Wilson on his own. I don't rank this record as highly as the Phil Spector or Beach Boys holiday albums, but it is still quite good. Wilson is backed by his superb band of the last ten years or so, including the Wondermints, guitarist Jeffrey Foskett and multi-instrumentalist/strings/horns arranger Paul Von Mertiens. Check out the following tracks (in order) for a new version of a Beach Boys classic, the new one by Wilson/Taupin, a traditional song and one written by Wilson himself.

Brian Wilson - Man With All The Toys (mp3)
Brian Wilson - What I Really Want For Christmas (mp3)
Brian Wilson - Deck The Halls (mp3)
Brian Wilson - On Christmas Day (mp3)

More Holiday Tunes From Linear Tracking Lives!
'Tis the Season For Wall of Sound
Holiday Harmonies From the Beach Boys
Holidays With the Rat Pack
Holiday Gifts For You From NRBQ

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