15 Big Ones

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Thanks to the surprising success of the compilation Endless Summer, the Beach Boys entered the studio in 1975 for the first time in almost three years. The album that followed, 15 Big Ones, balanced covers of rock and doo wop standards with seven new Beach Boys songs including five Brian Wilson compositions. Most of the covers are mistakes, part of a misguided attempt by the aging Beach Boys to recapture the energy of their youth. The "contemporary" production techniques and overly polished sound do nothing for these oldies, and effectively sap them of any energy they might once have had. And the choices -- including Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music," the Dixie Cups' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Thanks to the surprising success of the compilation Endless Summer, the Beach Boys entered the studio in 1975 for the first time in almost three years. The album that followed, 15 Big Ones, balanced covers of rock and doo wop standards with seven new Beach Boys songs including five Brian Wilson compositions. Most of the covers are mistakes, part of a misguided attempt by the aging Beach Boys to recapture the energy of their youth. The "contemporary" production techniques and overly polished sound do nothing for these oldies, and effectively sap them of any energy they might once have had. And the choices -- including Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music," the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park" -- are simply too well known to be reworked effectively, by anyone. The only one that succeeds is the closer, the lesser-known Righteous Brothers hit "Just Once in My Life," given an emotional reading by Carl and Brian. Of the band originals, the good-time standard "It's OK" and the quirky, endearing "Had to Phone Ya" are excellent, reminiscent of Brian's odd pop songs on late-'60s albums like Friends and 20/20. Most of the other originals are quite inferior though, including the silly history-of-music salute "That Same Song," Al Jardine's "Susie Cincinnati," and the meditation primer "T M Song." [In 2000, 15 Big Ones was made available on the two-fer compilation 15 Big Ones/Love You.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2008
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • EAN: 4988006865846
  • Catalog Number: 70550
  • Sales rank: 246,300

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock and Roll Music
  2. 2 It's OK
  3. 3 Had to Phone Ya
  4. 4 Chapel of Love
  5. 5 Everyone's in Love with You
  6. 6 Talk to Me
  7. 7 That Same Song
  8. 8 T M Song
  9. 9 Palisades Park
  10. 10 Susie Cincinnati
  11. 11 A Casual Look
  12. 12 Blueberry Hill
  13. 13 Back Home
  14. 14 In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)
  15. 15 Just Once in My Life
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Organ, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Chimes, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Moog Bass
Charles Lloyd Flute
Jerry Cole Guitar
Lyle Ritz Bass
Julius Wechter Percussion
Bruce Johnston Piano
Mike Love Vocals
Carl Wilson Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roy Wood Saxophone
Ron Altbach Piano
Mike Altschul Saxophone
Hal Blaine Drums
Ben Benay Guitar
Ed Carter Guitar
Daryl Dragon Drums
Dennis Dragon Clavinet
Dennis Dreith Saxophone
Gene Estes Percussion
Ricky Fataar Percussion, Drums
Billy Hinsche Guitar
Al Jardine Vocals, Background Vocals
Jay Migliori Horn, Saxophone
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Ray Pohlman Bass
Dennis Wilson Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marilyn Wilson Background Vocals
Wizzard Saxophone
Thomas J. Tedesco Guitar
Michael Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Douglas Horn, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Brian Wilson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mike Love Composer
Chuck Britz Engineer
Daryl Dragon Arranger
Joe Gastwirt Remixing
Earle Mankey Engineer
Stephen Moffitt Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Wells Composer
Michael Love Arranger
Jim Evans Artwork
Charles Barris Composer
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