What I Really Want for Christmas

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What I Really Want for Christmas
Studio album by Brian Wilson
Released October 18, 2005
Recorded April – May 2005
Genre Rock/Holiday
Length 46:04
Label Arista
Producer Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson chronology
Brian Wilson Presents Smile
(2004)
What I Really Want for Christmas
(2005)
That Lucky Old Sun
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The Independent 3/5 stars Nov. 18, 2005

What I Really Want for Christmas is the seventh studio album by Brian Wilson and his first solo seasonal release. It was released by Arista Records in October 2005 and features many traditional Christmas songs, as well some of Wilson's originals, including remakes of The Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick" and "The Man with All the Toys". As a bonus, Wilson elected to include a sampling of seasonal recordings initially available on his website a few years earlier.

Critical reaction to the album was mixed; the album eventually peaked at #200 for one week on the Billboard 200 chart in the US, though "Deck the Halls" became a Top 10 Adult Contemporary hit.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks Traditional; except where indicated

  1. "The Man with All the Toys" (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) – 2:59
  2. "What I Really Want for Christmas" (Wilson, Bernie Taupin) – 3:50
  3. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" – 3:27
  4. "O Holy Night" – 4:28
  5. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" – 2:36
  6. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" – 3:34
  7. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" – 3:08
  8. "The First Noel" – 4:47
  9. "Christmasey" (Wilson, Jimmy Webb) – 4:08
  10. "Little Saint Nick" (Wilson, Love) – 2:11
  11. "Deck the Halls" – 2:36
  12. "Auld Lang Syne" – 1:29
  13. "On Christmas Day" (Wilson) – 3:23
  14. "Joy to the World" – 2:06
  15. "Silent Night" – 0:49
    • Tracks 13–15 are bonus tracks, 13 and 15 having originally appeared on Wilson's website during 2000 and 2001. Track 14 was co-produced by an uncredited Joe Thomas and originally released in October 1997 on an obscure Christmas compilation.

Personnel[edit]

Additional Musicians
  • Karen Elaine Bakunin - Viola
  • Scott Bennett - Glockenspiel, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone and Background Vocals
  • Nelson Bragg - Percussion and Background Vocals
  • Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick - Cello
  • Jeffrey Foskett - Guitar, Sleigh Bells and Background Vocals
  • Probyn Gregory - Flugelhorn, French Horn, Guitar, Trumpet and Background Vocals
  • Jim Hines - Drums
  • Robbie Hioki - Trombone
  • Sharon Jackson - Violin
  • Peter Kent - Violin
  • Bob Lizik - Bass
  • Paul Mertens - Flute, Harmonica and Saxophone
  • Taylor Mills - Vocals
  • Carol Robbins - Harp
  • Darian Sahanaja - Glockenspiel, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone and Background Vocals
  • Nick Walusko - Guitar and Background Vocals
  • John Yoakum - Oboe and Saxophone

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