Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077778129424
  • Catalog Number: 81294

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surfin' U.S.A. (1:49)
  2. 2 Little Surfer Girl (0:31)
  3. 3 Surfin' (1:31)
  4. 4 Surfin' (2:28)
  5. 5 Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (2:35)
  6. 6 Surfin' Safari (2:16)
  7. 7 409 (2:09)
  8. 8 Punchline (1:52)
  9. 9 Surfin' U.S.A. (2:29)
  10. 10 Shut Down (1:51)
  11. 11 Surfer Girl (2:26)
  12. 12 Little Deuce Coupe (1:48)
  13. 13 In My Room (2:15)
  14. 14 Catch a Wave (2:18)
  15. 15 The Surfer Moon (2:18)
  16. 16 Be True to Your School (2:07)
  17. 17 Spirit of America (2:20)
  18. 18 Little Saint Nick (1:59)
  19. 19 The Things We Did Last Summer (2:27)
  20. 20 Fun, Fun, Fun (2:19)
  21. 21 Don't Worry Baby (2:49)
  22. 22 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (2:08)
  23. 23 The Warmth of the Sun (2:50)
  24. 24 I Get Around (2:13)
  25. 25 All Summer Long (2:07)
  26. 26 Little Honda (1:51)
  27. 27 Wendy (2:20)
  28. 28 Don't Back Down (1:53)
  29. 29 Do You Wanna Dance (2:17)
  30. 30 When I Grow up (To Be a Man) (2:01)
  31. 31 Dance, Dance, Dance (1:59)
  32. 32 Please Let Me Wonder (2:45)
  33. 33 She Knows Me Too Well (2:28)
  34. 34 Radio Station Jingles (1:03)
  35. 35 Hushabye (3:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 California Girls (2:37)
  2. 2 Help Me, Rhonda (2:47)
  3. 3 Then I Kissed Her (2:15)
  4. 4 And Your Dream Comes True (1:06)
  5. 5 The Little Girl I Once Knew (2:37)
  6. 6 Barbara Ann (2:04)
  7. 7 Ruby Baby (2:10)
  8. 8 Kona Coast (0:10)
  9. 9 Sloop John B (2:57)
  10. 10 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:23)
  11. 11 You Still Believe in Me (2:30)
  12. 12 God Only Knows (2:49)
  13. 13 Hang on to Your Ego (3:13)
  14. 14 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:12)
  15. 15 Pet Sounds (2:22)
  16. 16 Caroline No (2:52)
  17. 17 Good Vibrations (3:38)
  18. 18 Our Prayer (1:07)
  19. 19 Heroes and Villains (2:56)
  20. 20 Heroes and Villains (sections) (6:40)
  21. 21 Wonderful (2:02)
  22. 22 Cabin Essence (3:33)
  23. 23 Wind Chimes (2:32)
  24. 24 Heroes and Villains (Intro) (0:35)
  25. 25 Do You Like Worms (4:00)
  26. 26 Vegetables (3:29)
  27. 27 I Love to Say Da Da (1:34)
  28. 28 Surf's Up (3:38)
  29. 29 With Me Tonight (2:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Heroes and Villains (3:38)
  2. 2 Darlin' (2:12)
  3. 3 Wild Honey (2:37)
  4. 4 Let the Wind Blow (2:21)
  5. 5 Can't Wait Too Long (3:51)
  6. 6 Cool, Cool Water (1:12)
  7. 7 Meant for You (0:40)
  8. 8 Friends (2:31)
  9. 9 Little Bird (1:58)
  10. 10 Busy Doin' Nothin' (3:04)
  11. 11 Do It Again (2:28)
  12. 12 I Can Hear Music (2:38)
  13. 13 I Went to Sleep (1:38)
  14. 14 Time to Get Alone (2:43)
  15. 15 Break Away (2:56)
  16. 16 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (3:03)
  17. 17 San Miguel (2:26)
  18. 18 Games Two Can Play (2:01)
  19. 19 I Just Got My Pay (2:20)
  20. 20 This Whole World (1:57)
  21. 21 Add Some Music to Your Day (3:33)
  22. 22 Forever (2:41)
  23. 23 Our Sweet Love (2:38)
  24. 24 H.E.L.P. Is on the Way (2:30)
  25. 25 4th of July (2:44)
  26. 26 Long Promised Road (3:27)
  27. 27 Disney Girls (1957) (4:08)
  28. 28 Surf's Up (4:13)
  29. 29 'Til I Die (2:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sail on Sailor (3:19)
  2. 2 California (3:20)
  3. 3 The Trader (5:04)
  4. 4 Funky Pretty (4:10)
  5. 5 Fairy Tale Music (4:05)
  6. 6 You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone (3:26)
  7. 7 Marcella (3:52)
  8. 8 All This Is That (3:59)
  9. 9 Rock & Roll Music (2:28)
  10. 10 It's O.K. (2:11)
  11. 11 Had to Phone Ya (1:44)
  12. 12 That Same Song (2:15)
  13. 13 It's over Now (2:50)
  14. 14 Still I Dream of It (3:26)
  15. 15 Let Us Go on This Way (1:59)
  16. 16 The Night Was So Young (2:15)
  17. 17 I'll Bet He's Nice (2:35)
  18. 18 Airplane (3:04)
  19. 19 Come Go with Me (2:03)
  20. 20 Our Team (2:33)
  21. 21 Baby Blue (3:18)
  22. 22 Good Timin' (2:11)
  23. 23 Goin' On (3:03)
  24. 24 Getcha Back (3:02)
  25. 25 Kokomo (3:37)
Disc 5
  1. 1 In My Room (2:33)
  2. 2 Radio Spot #1 (0:09)
  3. 3 I Get Around (2:19)
  4. 4 Radio Spot #2 (0:15)
  5. 5 Dance, Dance, Dance (2:12)
  6. 6 Hang on to Your Ego (6:40)
  7. 7 God Only Knows (9:14)
  8. 8 Good Vibrations (15:18)
  9. 9 Heroes and Villains (0:47)
  10. 10 Cabin Essence (3:59)
  11. 11 Surf's Up (1:40)
  12. 12 Radio Spot #3 (0:06)
  13. 13 All Summer Long (2:12)
  14. 14 Wendy (2:27)
  15. 15 Hushabye (2:42)
  16. 16 When I Grow up (To Be a Man) (2:19)
  17. 17 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:43)
  18. 18 California Girls (2:34)
  19. 19 Radio Spot #4 (0:11)
  20. 20 Concert Intro/Surfin' U.S.A. (3:15)
  21. 21 Surfer Girl (2:52)
  22. 22 Be True to Your School (2:29)
  23. 23 Good Vibrations (5:14)
  24. 24 Surfer Girl (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Al 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
The 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
Al Jardine Composer, Producer
Larry Levine Engineer
Steve Levine Producer
Mark Linett Engineer, Mastering
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
Larry Walsh Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    save your money

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A beautiful overview box

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Practically Everything!

    This collection is great. It has about every song the Beach Boys made, plus special versions. The best collection ever, besides Pet Sounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worthy Compilation

    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.

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