Very Best Of The Beach Boys: The Sounds Of Summer

I grew up on the Beach Boys.

See, my Mom had a juke box, full of 45s from the 50s and 60s. Yes, a lot of Beatles, a lot of Elvis. But my dad (the man who went to Forrest Gump and, when we walked out saying “wow the music in that film fit it perfectly!” he said, “There was music?”) likes the Beach Boys, so they were in the mix too.

I’ve seen so many compilations, over the years. Every bargain bin and music store shelf seems to have at least two different compilations of these guys, at any one time. Many of them fall short, though. They’ll focus on the big hits, or just the early years, or only have about ten tracks on them (which isn’t nearly enough). I’m sure there’s some sort of definitive boxed set out there somewhere, but as a one-disc, go-to set, this one has a lot of the stuff I wanted. It has a few single versions, which were probably the ones I heard growing up anyway.

The only track it’s missing that I know for sure I would have included is Little Honda. That one was definitely on the juke box. Ah well.

Just read this track listing. You’ll know most of these songs inside and out. And if there’s a few you don’t know, you’ll wish you had all along. Not a dud track here, not even close. Those sweet harmonies, that sound. Oh man. Takes me back, it really does.

California Girls
I Get Around
Surfin’ Safari
Surfin’ U.S.A.
Fun, Fun, Fun
Surfer Girl
Don’t Worry Baby (Single Version)
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down
Help Me Rhonda (Single Version)
Be True To Your School (Single Version)
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
In My Room
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Getcha Back
Come Go With Me
Rock And Roll Music
Dance, Dance, Dance
Barbara Ann (Single Version)
Do You Wanna Dance
Heroes And Villains
Good Timin’
Do It Again
Wild Honey
I Can Hear Music
Good Vibrations

30 tracks. Whew! This is a sweet compilation, no doubt about that.

Here’s more info. And, according to that link at Wiki, I need to get The Warmth Of The Sun as a companion. It’s got Little Honda. And 27 more tracks!


Posted on July 2, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I don’t consider myself a fan, but do have this compilation. As you say, it is what a compilation should be.

    I was also at their 50th-anniversary tour. With about 17 musicians on stage, and the most credible Beach Boys possible after the deaths of Dennis and Carl (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks), the live sound came close to the excellent studio versions (which often had Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye etc rather than Beach Boys on the instruments). It was surprisingly good. And though a recent unplugged show demonstrated that Klaus Meine wins, hands down, any “sound as good as you did decades ago” competition, these guys can still sing.


    • Thanks for chiming in, Philip! Do you have the second part, Warmth Of The Sun? Is it also a must-get like I’m starting to think it is, as a companion to this one?

      You’re very fortunate to have seen them live. What a sound. Well done!


  2. This is one of those CDs that seems that it should be in everybody’s collection. They might not own Pet Sounds, but they should own this!


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