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Fifty Big Ones: Greatest Hits
     

Fifty Big Ones: Greatest Hits

by The Beach Boys
 
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099997374428
catalogNumber:
73744
Rank:
14049

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Jardine   Vocals,Group Member
David Marks   Group Member
Dennis Wilson   Vocals,Group Member
Alan Boyd   Vocals
Dean Torrance   Vocals

Technical Credits

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
Jardine   Composer,Producer
Raymond Louis Kennedy   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Steve Levine   Producer
Mark Linett   Producer
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

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