The Warmth of the Sun

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Warmth of the Sun is designed to serve as a companion piece to 2003's Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, and as such, it is perfect. While that earlier volume contained most of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, the cornerstones of the catalog such as "I Get Around," "Surfer Girl," "California Girls," and "Fun, Fun, Fun," the follow-up is, in its own way, just as strong and just as enjoyable. In fact, while listening to it, a fan might wonder why the compilers in 2003 didn't just make Sounds of Summer a double album, include all of this material as well, and be done with it. Certainly, songs like "Catch a Wave," "409," "Surf's Up," "Wendy," and, of course, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Warmth of the Sun is designed to serve as a companion piece to 2003's Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, and as such, it is perfect. While that earlier volume contained most of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, the cornerstones of the catalog such as "I Get Around," "Surfer Girl," "California Girls," and "Fun, Fun, Fun," the follow-up is, in its own way, just as strong and just as enjoyable. In fact, while listening to it, a fan might wonder why the compilers in 2003 didn't just make Sounds of Summer a double album, include all of this material as well, and be done with it. Certainly, songs like "Catch a Wave," "409," "Surf's Up," "Wendy," and, of course, the title track are every bit as essential to a basic Beach Boys collection as any given track on the previous set. But The Warmth of the Sun not only stands tall by itself, some hardcore fans might prefer it, as some of the tunes on the first collection are so overexposed that there is little desire to ever hear them again. Gems included in this sequel, such as "You're So Good to Me," "Let Him Run Wild," "'Til I Die," "The Little Girl I Once Knew," and "Disney Girls (1957)" don't exactly have the high profile of "Help Me, Rhonda" or "Barbara Ann," but that's why it's so refreshing to listen to this set list: some of these great songs have been so neglected ("Friends," "Please Let Me Wonder," and "Kiss Me, Baby," for example) that they sound almost like lost hits in this context. Even the lack of material from Pet Sounds is a relief -- while that album is indeed one of the greatest ever recorded by anyone, and while "Caroline, No" should have been included on one volume or the other (it's not), anyone who needs to experience the Pet Sounds material should just buy that album anyway. There are by now literally dozens of Beach Boys comps available in as many configurations, but The Warmth of the Sun is one of the most enjoyable pure listening experiences among them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094634496421
  • Catalog Number: 44964
  • Sales rank: 68,071

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Vocals, Group Member
Blondie Chaplin Vocals, Group Member
Bruce Johnston Vocals, Group Member
Mike Love Vocals
Carl Wilson Vocals
Ricky Fataar Group Member
Al Jardine Vocals, Group Member
Dennis Wilson Quintet Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Composer
The Beach Boys Producer, Audio Production
Frankie Lymon Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Blondie Chaplin Producer
Bruce Johnston Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Love Composer
Terry Melcher Producer, Audio Production
John Phillips Composer
Carl Wilson Composer, Audio Production
Murry Wilson Producer, Audio Production
Phil Spector Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Ricky Fataar Producer
Al Jardine Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Morris Levy Composer
Mark Linett Mastering, Audio Production, Stereo Remixer
Gary Usher Composer
Dennis Wilson Composer, Audio Production
Tandyn Almer Composer
Michelle Gilliam Composer
Michael Love Composer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Gregg Jakobson Composer
Jack Rieley Composer
Reggie Dunbar Composer
Dennis Wilson Quintet Producer
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