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Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys

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by The Beach Boys
A five-CD box set, containing a whopping 142 tracks and covering the group's entire career, that manages to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. True, all of the key hits and most of their finest album tracks are here. The group's decline after 1966 -- and very sharp decline after 1970 -- is inescapable, and even though most of the material here is from


A five-CD box set, containing a whopping 142 tracks and covering the group's entire career, that manages to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. True, all of the key hits and most of their finest album tracks are here. The group's decline after 1966 -- and very sharp decline after 1970 -- is inescapable, and even though most of the material here is from the 1960s, the fourth disc especially (spanning the early '70s to the late '80s) is very rough sailing indeed. It's true that about 50 of these tracks are previously unreleased, but be warned that many of them are demos, backing tracks, and alternate versions of well-known songs that aren't a great deal different from the officially released versions. Also, some of the unreleased "tracks" are radio spots. That's not to say that these rare items aren't interesting for the fan; they are. It's just that it's too overwhelming a package for the nonfanatic, and a rather expensive, spotty one for the devoted fan (who will undoubtedly already have at least half the contents). By far, the most interesting unreleased tracks date from the legendary Smile sessions (nearly an album's worth). Never actually completed, they aren't quite the masterpiece that some have claimed, but are extremely interesting, often beautiful excursions into psychedelic production and songwriting that often resemble sound paintings more than songs. Comes with a 60-page booklet by Beach Boy historian David Leaf.

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Disc 1

  1. Surfin' U.S.A.
  2. Little Surfer Girl
  3. Surfin'
  4. Surfin'
  5. Surfin'
  6. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
  7. Surfin' Safari
  8. 409
  9. Punchline
  10. Surfin' U.S.A.
  11. Shut Down
  12. Surfer Girl
  13. Little Deuce Coupe
  14. In My Room
  15. Catch a Wave
  16. The Surfer Moon
  17. Be True to Your School
  18. Spirit of America
  19. Little Saint Nick
  20. The Things We Did Last Summer
  21. Fun, Fun, Fun
  22. Don't Worry Baby
  23. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
  24. The Warmth of the Sun
  25. I Get Around
  26. All Summer Long
  27. Little Honda
  28. Wendy
  29. Don't Back Down
  30. Do You Wanna Dance
  31. When I Grow up (To Be a Man)
  32. Dance, Dance, Dance
  33. Please Let Me Wonder
  34. She Knows Me Too Well
  35. Radio Station Jingles
  36. Hushabye

Disc 2

  1. California Girls
  2. Help Me, Rhonda
  3. Then I Kissed Her
  4. And Your Dream Comes True
  5. The Little Girl I Once Knew
  6. Barbara Ann
  7. Ruby Baby
  8. Kona Coast
  9. Sloop John B
  10. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  11. You Still Believe in Me
  12. God Only Knows
  13. Hang on to Your Ego
  14. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  15. Pet Sounds
  16. Caroline No
  17. Good Vibrations
  18. Our Prayer
  19. Heroes and Villains
  20. Heroes and Villains (sections)
  21. Wonderful
  22. Cabin Essence
  23. Wind Chimes
  24. Heroes and Villains (Intro)
  25. Do You Like Worms
  26. Vegetables
  27. I Love to Say Da Da
  28. Surf's Up
  29. With Me Tonight

Disc 3

  1. Heroes and Villains
  2. Darlin'
  3. Wild Honey
  4. Let the Wind Blow
  5. Can't Wait Too Long
  6. Cool, Cool Water
  7. Meant for You
  8. Friends
  9. Little Bird
  10. Busy Doin' Nothin'
  11. Do It Again
  12. I Can Hear Music
  13. I Went to Sleep
  14. Time to Get Alone
  15. Break Away
  16. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)
  17. San Miguel
  18. Games Two Can Play
  19. I Just Got My Pay
  20. This Whole World
  21. Add Some Music to Your Day
  22. Forever
  23. Our Sweet Love
  24. H.E.L.P. Is on the Way
  25. Long Promised Road
  26. Disney Girls (1957)
  27. Surf's Up
  28. 'Til I Die

Disc 4

  1. Sail on Sailor
  2. California
  3. The Trader
  4. Funky Pretty
  5. Fairy Tale Music
  6. You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone
  7. Marcella
  8. All This Is That
  9. Rock & Roll Music
  10. It's O.K.
  11. Had to Phone Ya
  12. That Same Song
  13. It's over Now
  14. Still I Dream of It
  15. Let Us Go on This Way
  16. The Night Was So Young
  17. I'll Bet He's Nice
  18. Airplane
  19. Come Go with Me
  20. Our Team
  21. Baby Blue
  22. Good Timin'
  23. Goin' On
  24. Getcha Back
  25. Kokomo

Disc 5

  1. In My Room
  2. Radio Spot #1
  3. I Get Around
  4. Radio Spot #2
  5. Dance, Dance, Dance
  6. Hang on to Your Ego
  7. God Only Knows
  8. Good Vibrations
  9. Heroes and Villains
  10. Cabin Essence
  11. Surf's Up
  12. Radio Spot #3
  13. All Summer Long
  14. Wendy
  15. Hushabye
  16. When I Grow up (To Be a Man)
  17. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  18. California Girls
  19. Radio Spot #4
  20. Concert Intro/Surfin' U.S.A.
  21. Surfer Girl
  22. Be True to Your School
  23. Good Vibrations
  24. Surfer Girl

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Leon Russell   Piano
Frank Capp   Percussion
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Don Randi   Piano
Lou Blackburn   Horn
Jerry Cole   Guitar
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Julius Wechter   Bass
Billy Strange   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Roy Caton   Horn
DeLory   Piano
Gene Estes   Percussion
Carl Fortina   Accordion
Carol Kaye   Bass
Scott Mathews   Drums,Vocals
Jay Migliori   Horn
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Bill Pitman   Bass
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Sid Sharp   Strings
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Steve Douglas   Horn

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Ray Kennedy   Composer
Beach Boys   Producer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Blondie Chaplin   Producer
Bruce Johnston   Producer
Mike Love   Composer,Producer
Terry Melcher   Composer,Producer
Carl Wilson   Composer,Producer
Murry Wilson   Producer
Ron Altbach   Producer
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Chuck Britz   Engineer
Steve Desper   Engineer
Ricky Fataar   Producer
James William Guercio   Producer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Jim Hilton   Engineer
Jardine   Composer,Producer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Steve Levine   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Jim Lockhart   Engineer
Earle Mankey   Engineer
Tom Murphy   Engineer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Diane Rovell   Composer
Sid Sharp   Contributor
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Gary Usher   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Dennis Wilson   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Tandyn Almer   Composer
Wayne Watkins   Executive Producer
David Leaf   Liner Notes
Steve Moffit   Engineer
Dorinda Morgan   Producer
Hite Morgan   Producer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Andy Engel   Art Direction,Illustrations
Clark Duval   Executive Producer
Michael Love   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer
Steve Kalinich   Composer
Gregg Jakobson   Composer
Jack Rieley   Composer
Reggie Dunbar   Composer
Craig Butler   Cover Design
Ron Larson   Cover Design

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Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Grizelda More than 1 year ago
Buy individual albums where you know you like the songs. We tried two discs so far and they are a waste of money as only a few good songs were on those two discs. Lots of "previously unreleased" songs that should have stayed unreleased. Then there is the quality - they could have remastered the songs but they didn't - the sound quality was awful. What a waste of money. I really like The Beach Boys but this is a true waste, an insult to whoever bought this collection. The extra disc was an insult too.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
So who can afford to buy ALL the Beach Boys albums? There are a ton of them. Well, this box does a great job of presenting an overview of the Beach Boys career and it's a real pleasure to listen to, but, you may find yourself buying the individual albums anyway as this box seems to wet the appetite more than satisfy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is great. It has about every song the Beach Boys made, plus special versions. The best collection ever, besides Pet Sounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Endless Summer wasn't quite enough of a compilation for you, you might consider Good Vibrations. Some (but not all) highlights: Original demos of ''Surfin''' ,''Surfin' USA'' and ''Surfer Girl'', radio station jingles, promos, concert highlights, outtakes from ''Good Vibrations'' and ''Pet Sounds'' sessions, and tracks from the ill-fated ''Smile'' album (including the short but haughting ''Our Prayer''). Disk 5 has some very interesting alternate mixes of some hits, with all vocals in one channel and all instruments in the other. Also included is a nice booklet covering the the history of the tracks. Be forwarned, though, as the previous reviewer noted, this is a collector's compilation, not just a greatest hits collection. Also, the mixes of most of the hits included are from the original 45 mixes, not the original album mixes. They ARE different. It's a matter of personal preference, but I prefer the album mixes. In total, not a greatest hits collection. Not great ''bang for the buck'', but if you are a true fan, there are some great tracks here.