Beach Boys among artists on new 'A Capitol Christmas, Volume 2' collection
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Two Christmas songs by The Beach Boys are among those included in a new Capitol Records compilation of holiday Christmas music, A Capitol Christmas, Volume 2, in celebration of its 75th anniversary that was announced Nov. 20. The collection of two dozen songs will be available on CD, two vinyl discs and in digital format on December 1. Besides the Beach Boys, the collection will include Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mercer, The Louvin Brothers, Les Paul and Mary Ford,  Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians and Tennessee Ernie Ford. The first A Capitol Christmas album, released in 2016, featured artists that included Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Julie London, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Margaret Whiting.

The Beach Boys tracks on A Capitol Christmas, Volume 2, both taken from their The Beach Boys Christmas Album, are “Frosty the Snowman” and “Christmas Day.” “Christmas Day” was guitarist Al Jardine's first lead vocal. The Beach Boy Christmas Album was originally released in November 1964. It featured two sides of music in contrasting styles - a side of songs in the Beach Boys style and one side of the group singing traditional songs. The album rose to the #6 spot during a 13-week stay on the Billboard album charts that year. Billboard's most recent Holiday Streaming Songs chart from the 2016 holiday season in early 2017 ranked “Little St. Nick” from the album at #34. On Billboard's final Holiday Airplay chart for the 2016 season, also released in early January of this year, the song ranked #41.

The album has been re-released in several configurations over the years. The most complete version is Ultimate Christmas, which includes the entire original album, also adds single and alternate mixes, radio messages and a previously unreleased track, “Winter Symphony.”

A CAPITOL CHRISTMAS VOL. 2 CD/DIGITAL TRACK LISTING

1. Jingle Bell Rock – Wayne Newton
2. Blue Christmas – Glen Campbell
3. The Christmas Waltz – Nancy Wilson
4. Frosty The Snowman – The Beach Boys
5. Christmas All Alone – The Lettermen
6. Jingle Bells – Dinah Shore
7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Molly Bee
8. A Marshmallow World – Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
9. Winter Wonderland – Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers
10. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – The Starlighters
11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Lena Horne
12. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Wayne Newton
13. Christmas Day – The Beach Boys
14. Old Toy Trains – Glen Campbell
15. Away in a Manger – The Louvin Brothers
16. Silver Bells – Al Martino
17. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
18. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? – Lena Horne
19. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Sonny James
20. Song of the Sleigh Bells – June Hutton & Axel Stordahl
21. Love Turns Winter to Spring – The Four Freshmen
22. White Christmas – Les Paul & Mary Ford
23. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) – Gordon MacRae
24. Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

A CAPITOL CHRISTMAS VOL. 2 LP TRACK LISTING

SIDE A

1. Jingle Bell Rock – Wayne Newton
2. Blue Christmas – Glen Campbell
3. The Christmas Waltz – Nancy Wilson
4. Frosty The Snowman – The Beach Boys
5. Christmas All Alone – The Lettermen
6. Jingle Bells – Dinah Shore

SIDE B

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Molly Bee
2. A Marshmallow World – Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
3. Winter Wonderland – Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers
4. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – The Starlighters
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Lena Horne
6. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Wayne Newton

SIDE C

1. Christmas Day – The Beach Boys
2. Old Toy Trains – Glen Campbell
3. Away in a Manger – The Louvin Brothers
4. Silver Bells – Al Martino
5. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
6. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? – Lena Horne

SIDE D

1. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Sonny James
2. Song of the Sleigh Bells – June Hutton & Axel Stordahl
3. Love Turns Winter to Spring – The Four Freshmen
4. White Christmas – Les Paul & Mary Ford
5. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) – Gordon MacRae
6. Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians