Fifty Big Ones: Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In many ways, the Beach Boys have been the most American band in the history of rock & roll, merging cars, surfboards, endless summer days and nights, Chuck Berry riffs, Four Freshmen harmonies, and a vision of California as a kind of never-aging paradise into one of the most recognizable sounds in pop music. Their back catalog has never really been given a real shine-up, though, so it's a pleasure to see that Capitol Records is finally doing that in 2012 to honor the 50th anniversary of the band's formation. This two-disc, 50-track set compiles most of the band's hits and important album tracks, and also features many selections from the band's later years, a period ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In many ways, the Beach Boys have been the most American band in the history of rock & roll, merging cars, surfboards, endless summer days and nights, Chuck Berry riffs, Four Freshmen harmonies, and a vision of California as a kind of never-aging paradise into one of the most recognizable sounds in pop music. Their back catalog has never really been given a real shine-up, though, so it's a pleasure to see that Capitol Records is finally doing that in 2012 to honor the 50th anniversary of the band's formation. This two-disc, 50-track set compiles most of the band's hits and important album tracks, and also features many selections from the band's later years, a period many Beach Boys compilations often bypass, all of which makes this the best compilation of this important band currently available. One can quibble about things that aren't here, like Brian Wilson's last truly great studio production, "Breakaway," for instance, or things that are here, like the 2012 reunion single "That's Why God Made the Radio," but it's hard to argue with the breadth of this set. The sequencing seems a bit random is it really wise to follow "California Girls" with its near cousin "Do It Again", but having lesser-known tracks here like "Wendy," "All Summer Long," "You're So Good to Me," "This Whole World," "All This Is That," and "Friends" pretty much sells the deal. Short of getting all of the band's albums, or the box set Good Vibrations, this set presents more of the fascinating Beach Boys recording story than anything else out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099997374428
  • Catalog Number: 73744
  • Sales rank: 9,174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 California Girls (2:46)
  2. 2 Do It Again (2:19)
  3. 3 Surfin' Safari (2:06)
  4. 4 Catch a Wave (2:11)
  5. 5 Little Honda (1:53)
  6. 6 Surfin' U.S.A. (2:30)
  7. 7 Surfer Girl (2:27)
  8. 8 Don't Worry Baby (2:50)
  9. 9 Little Deuce Coupe (1:41)
  10. 10 Shut Down (1:51)
  11. 11 I Get Around (2:13)
  12. 12 The Warmth of the Sun (2:53)
  13. 13 Please Let Me Wonder (2:51)
  14. 14 Wendy (2:21)
  15. 15 Getcha Back (3:01)
  16. 16 The Little Girl I Once Knew (2:36)
  17. 17 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (2:05)
  18. 18 It's O.K. (2:12)
  19. 19 Dance, Dance, Dance (2:04)
  20. 20 Do You Wanna Dance? (2:22)
  21. 21 Rock And Roll Music (2:28)
  22. 22 Barbara Ann (2:13)
  23. 23 All Summer Long (2:10)
  24. 24 Help Me, Rhonda (2:47)
  25. 25 Fun, Fun, Fun (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kokomo (3:37)
  2. 2 You're So Good To Me (2:15)
  3. 3 Wild Honey (2:38)
  4. 4 Darlin' (2:12)
  5. 5 In My Room (2:13)
  6. 6 All This Is That (3:59)
  7. 7 This Whole World (1:57)
  8. 8 Add Some Music To Your Day (3:33)
  9. 9 Cotton Fields (the Cotton Song) [Ver (3:15)
  10. 10 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:22)
  11. 11 Sail on, Sailor (3:18)
  12. 12 Surf's Up (4:14)
  13. 13 Friends (2:33)
  14. 14 Heroes and Villains (3:39)
  15. 15 I Can Hear Music (2:37)
  16. 16 Good Timin' (2:13)
  17. 17 California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-I-A) (3:23)
  18. 18 Isn't It Time (3:47)
  19. 19 Kiss Me, Baby (2:44)
  20. 20 That's Why God Made The Radio (3:19)
  21. 21 Forever (2:41)
  22. 22 God Only Knows (2:55)
  23. 23 Sloop John B (3:03)
  24. 24 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:33)
  25. 25 Good Vibrations (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Blondie Chaplin Vocals, Group Member
Bruce Johnston Vocals, Group Member
Mike Love Vocals, Group Member
Carl Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Ricky Fataar Group Member
Al Jardine Vocals, Group Member
David Marks Group Member
Dennis Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Alan Boyd Vocals
Dean Torrance Vocals
Technical Credits
The Beach Boys Producer
Chuck Berry Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Bruce Johnston Producer
Mike Love Composer, Executive Producer
Scott McKenzie Composer
Terry Melcher Composer, Producer
Jim Peterik Composer
John Phillips Composer
Carl Wilson Composer, Producer
Murry Wilson Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Bobby Freeman Composer
James William Guercio Producer
Al Jardine Composer, Producer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Steve Levine Producer
Mark Linett Producer, Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Larry Millas Composer
Gary Usher Composer
Nick Venet Producer
Dennis Wilson Composer, Producer
Tandyn Almer Composer
Fred Fassert Composer
Traditional Composer
Tony Asher Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Joe Knott Composer
Gregg Jakobson Composer
Jack Rieley Composer
Joe Thomas Composer
Elliott Lott Contributor
Raymond Kennedy Composer
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