Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Best of the Brother Years

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Treasured by collectors and particularly obsessive fans, the Beach Boys' work from the '70s and early '80s enjoyed a growing cachet with music cognoscenti during the '90s. Finally, in 2000, Capitol reissued the group's later catalog on a series of two-fers. The Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Best of the Brother Years preceded the reissues with a 20-track overview of the years 1970 through 1986, from the first Brother single "Add Some Music to Your Day" to the last "California Dreamin'". Besides the inclusion of '70s classics like "Surf's Up" and "'Til I Die," there are a few engaging Brian Wilson rockers "Honkin' Down the Highway," "Good Timin'" and the many classic R&B standards...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Treasured by collectors and particularly obsessive fans, the Beach Boys' work from the '70s and early '80s enjoyed a growing cachet with music cognoscenti during the '90s. Finally, in 2000, Capitol reissued the group's later catalog on a series of two-fers. The Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Best of the Brother Years preceded the reissues with a 20-track overview of the years 1970 through 1986, from the first Brother single "Add Some Music to Your Day" to the last "California Dreamin'". Besides the inclusion of '70s classics like "Surf's Up" and "'Til I Die," there are a few engaging Brian Wilson rockers "Honkin' Down the Highway," "Good Timin'" and the many classic R&B standards "Rock and Roll Music," "Peggy Sue," "Come Go With Me" pointing the way to the county-fair oldies act the Beach Boys were soon to become. On the whole, the track selection is solid but rather unappealing: the Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 may have taken a lot of singles from the Brother years, but it didn't take all of the best songs. And the short shrift given to Dennis Wilson is very disappointing. The tender ballads Dennis delivered at the end of albums like Carl and the Passions - So Tough and Holland were excellent, and among the most affecting work of the Beach Boys' career. For listeners curious about the quality of the '70s years, this probably isn't the best compilation: the group just wasn't a singles act anymore, and the most entertaining Beach Boys albums of the decade -- Sunflower, Surf's Up, The Beach Boys Love You -- are best heard in their entireties.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352451128
  • Catalog Number: 24511
  • Sales rank: 324,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Blondie Chaplin Vocals
Bruce Johnston Vocals
Mike Love Vocals
Carl Wilson Vocals
Al Jardine Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer
Mike Love Composer
Terry Melcher Composer
Jim Steinman Composer
Lewis A. Martineé Composer
Tandyn Almer Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Joe Knott Composer
Jack Rieley Composer
Tommy Reilley Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Sampling of their 1970's Material

    The label Brother Records was started by the 'Boys' when they broke away from Capitol. This gave them the ability to try new ideas and quit concentrating on striving for only Top 40 hits. If you are a fan of their great harmonies, you will enjoy hearing something new and different here.

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