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|The Beach Boys||Primary Artist|
|Mark Linett||Reissue Producer|
|David Leaf||Liner Notes|
|Tommy Steele||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
The Beach Boys Today! was the first rock album that was significant as a whole. Except for the two-minute interview segment that closes off the album, every single cut on Today! is finely crafted, with amazing vocals and instrumentation alike, in addition to fine lyrics. Musically, with this album the Beach Boys went from guitar-driven rock to richly orchestrated rock (though there are a few guitar-driven numbers) as Brian Wilson became increasingly ambitious. The A side of the album is first rate, upbeat material that includes ''When I Grow Up to Be a Man,'' ''Dance, Dance Dance,'' ''Don't Hurt My Little Sister,'' and the excellent early version of ''Help Me Ronda.'' The B side is full of first rate ballads, such as ''Please Let Me Wonder,'' ''Kiss Me Baby,'' and the phenomenal ''In the Back of My Mind.'' 5 stars out of 5. The follow-up, Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!), is disappointing compared to Today! While Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) does show Brian Wilson with a more casual feel of the instrumentation with songs like ''California Girls'' and the newer ''Help Me Rhonda,'' there are a handful of sub-par cuts, like ''Amusement Parks U.S.A'' and ''Salt Lake City,'' though both have very interesting music. The cover of ''Girl From New York City'' is good, but the cover of ''Then I Kissed Her'' is simply uninteresting. ''I'm Bugged At My Old Man'' is too silly and dark, while ''Girl Don't Tell Me,'' with its simple Beatlesque music, pales in comparison to the orchestrated songs. ''Let Him Run Wild,'' however, is amazing, as is the beautiful instrumental ''Summer Means New Love.'' ''You're So Good to Me'' is an above average rocker, but the a-capella album closer ''Your Summer Dream'' is pointless. 3 stars out of 5.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
The Beach Boys Today! was the first rock album that was significant as a whole. Every track is excellent and the music orchestration hints at Pet Sounds. 5 stars out of 5. Summer Days (and Summer Nights) isn't as consistent, but it shows some more musical progression. 3 stars out of 5. The two-fer is a must have; the combination of these albums makes it an easy 5 stars out of 5.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.