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Review: Brian Wilson and his band bring the Beach Boys' Christmas album to life

Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Of the countless holiday albums created since rock 'n' roll was born in the mid-1950s, perhaps only two - "A Christmas Gift for You," aka the Phil Spector Christmas album, and Elvis Presley's 1957 collection - can match the iconic status of "The Beach Boys Christmas Album" from 1964.

That's what made the prospect of hearing that last album performed live in its entirety by Beach Boys' creative leader Brian Wilson and his ace touring band so enticing when they brought their brief holiday tour to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Thursday.

Sooner or later it seems that every musician gets around to making a seasonal album, but the

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