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Beach Boys – The Best Of The Beach Boys Vol. 2

This 1967 Hits set on LP does have Long, Tall Texan, Please Let Me Wonder, 409, Let Him Run Wild and Little Saint Nick mixed into the usual hits, so it’s a fun listen.


Beach Boys – The Best Of The Beach Boys Vol. 1

Like yesterday’s hits LP, this one from 1966 wasn’t required either, but I have a hard time saying no to classic collections on LP for $1. This one has Louie Louie, too.


Beach Boys – Endless Summer

This 1974 2LP wasn’t required, song-wise, in my collection, but it’s an LP hits set, covering 1963-1966. Sometimes you just wanna drop the needle on some old classics, you know? Interestingly (for those who love info like this), it contains album versions of Be True To Your School, Help Me Rhonda and Fun, Fun, Fun, rather than the hit-single versions.


Beach Boys – The Warmth Of The Sun

According to WP, I’ve posted 200 days in a row since I started that Skip 5 silliness ages ago. And still the quarantine sails on…


Paired, like a fine wine, with yesterday’s The Sounds Of Summer compilation, this 28-track compilation fills in the rest of what a casual listener would need from this band’s long career. It contains various new and original stereo mixes of the songs, and it’s proof that this band could, at the very least, write a catchy tune!


Beach Boys – Sounds Of Summer

This 30-song compilation, combined with (spoiler alert) tomorrow’s disc, might be all the casual fan needs of the Beach Boys. It’s sunny and warm and fun, and nostalgic as hell.


Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

I grew up on the Beach Boys, played on my Mom’s jukebox. 

This is a classic album, thought to be an early musical concept album, which I love for all the reasons you’d imagine. Some of the stuff, like the push-pull of God Only Knows is, to me, exhausting, and there are moments of lyrical immaturity (don’t flame me, just an opinion). But there isn’t a track here that doesn’t grab your attention completely one way or the other.


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!

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