Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys [Sights and Sounds of Summer]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
After gaining control of the Beach Boys' entire catalog including all the band's post-1969 material, Capitol released two-fers covering their out of print '70s records and a Brian Wilson-selected compilation titled Classics, then later, a hits compilation -- the longest single-disc American collection ever seen. With all but five tracks coming from their 1962-1969 peak, and every one a Top 40 hit, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys is also the best, a worthy digital-age successor to previous classics like Endless Summer and Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. Though the songs don't appear in chronological order, the compilers improved the concept of a hits compilation by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
After gaining control of the Beach Boys' entire catalog including all the band's post-1969 material, Capitol released two-fers covering their out of print '70s records and a Brian Wilson-selected compilation titled Classics, then later, a hits compilation -- the longest single-disc American collection ever seen. With all but five tracks coming from their 1962-1969 peak, and every one a Top 40 hit, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys is also the best, a worthy digital-age successor to previous classics like Endless Summer and Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. Though the songs don't appear in chronological order, the compilers improved the concept of a hits compilation by bunching the disc into minisets -- one of classic adolescence songs "Be True to Your School," "When I Grow Up [To Be a Man]," "In My Room", one of surfing songs "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Surfer Girl", one of frat-boy classics "Dance, Dance, Dance," "Barbara Ann", and another including selections from their masterpiece Pet Sounds "God Only Knows," "Sloop John B.," "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Nearly any compilation on an important artist can be argued, but it's the rare one that covers as many bases and leaves out so few classics as this one. [One year after the disc's original issue, Sights and Sounds of Summer followed, with the original CD bolstered by a ten-track DVD program. The DVD includes four songs from the group's 1964 appearance on The T.A.M.I. Show excellent performances complicated by a wind tunnel of screaming girls -- plus one song from The Lost Concert, the surreal promo videos for "Sloop John B." and Pet Sounds the latter is a montage of songs, and both performances from the Beach Boys' 1968 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724357769402
  • Catalog Number: 77694
  • Sales rank: 71,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 California Girls (2:46)
  2. 2 I Get Around (2:14)
  3. 3 Surfin' Safari (2:07)
  4. 4 Surfin' U.S.A. (2:28)
  5. 5 Fun, Fun, Fun (2:21)
  6. 6 Surfer Girl (2:28)
  7. 7 Don't Worry Baby (2:49)
  8. 8 Little Deuce Coupe (1:41)
  9. 9 Shut Down (1:50)
  10. 10 Help Me, Rhonda (2:47)
  11. 11 Be True to Your School (2:10)
  12. 12 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (2:03)
  13. 13 In My Room (2:13)
  14. 14 God Only Knows (2:53)
  15. 15 Sloop John B (2:59)
  16. 16 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:33)
  17. 17 Getcha Back (3:01)
  18. 18 Come Go With Me (2:07)
  19. 19 Rock and Roll Music (2:30)
  20. 20 Dance, Dance, Dance (2:03)
  21. 21 Barbara Ann (2:13)
  22. 22 Do You Wanna Dance (2:20)
  23. 23 Heroes and Villains (3:40)
  24. 24 Good Timin' (2:14)
  25. 25 Kokomo (3:38)
  26. 26 Do It Again (2:21)
  27. 27 Wild Honey (2:40)
  28. 28 Darlin' (2:14)
  29. 29 I Can Hear Music (2:39)
  30. 30 Good Vibrations (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Surfin' U.S.A.
  2. 2 I Get Around
  3. 3 Surfer Girl
  4. 4 Dance, Dance, Dance
  5. 5 Little Deuce Coupe
  6. 6 Sloop John B
  7. 7 Pet Sounds Promotional Film
  8. 8 God Only Knows
  9. 9 Good Vibrations
  10. 10 Do It Again
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Bruce Johnston Group Member
Carl Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Al Jardine Vocals, Group Member
David Marks Group Member
Dennis Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Dean Torrence Vocals
Michael Love Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
The Beach Boys Producer
Chuck Berry Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bruce Johnston Producer
Mike Love Composer
Terry Melcher Composer, Producer
John Phillips Composer
Carl Wilson Producer
Murry Wilson Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Ron Altbach Producer
Jeff Barry Composer
Bobby Freeman Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
James William Guercio Producer
Al Jardine Producer
Steve Levine Producer
Mark Linett Producer
Gary Usher Composer
Nick Venet Producer
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Clarence E. Quick Composer
Fred Fassert Composer
Traditional Composer
Tony Asher Composer
Roger Christian Composer
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