Having only announced The Beach Boys 50th anniversary celebrations last week, Brian Wilson is cleary keen to keep up your anticipation;

Wilson has posted an exclusive stream of an original 1963 recording of The Beach Boys classic Christmas song, ‘Little Saint Nick’, which you can listen by visiting brianwilson.com.

This version of “Little St. Nick” was recorded in October 1963, several months before the 1964 Christmas album sessions, and wasn’t used at the time. Brian later took this backing track and used it as the foundation for the song “Drive In” for the 1964 “All Summer Long” album. This version with the “Little St. Nick” lyrics remained unreleased until Mark Linett discovered it while preparing the first CD releases of the Capitol Beach Boys catalogue, and it first saw the light of day as a bonus track on a now out of print CD edition of the 1964 Beach Boys Christmas Album.

Along with sharing this song, Wilson wrote on his blog about his band’s upcoming 50th anniversary reunion:

The boys and I are looking forward to a great 50th celebration with you all next year.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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