With the Absolute Best collections out of print at the end of the '90s and 20 Good Vibrations: The Greatest Hits missing about as many great singles as it included, Capitol's release of two generous Beach Boys Greatest Hits discs in 1999 was welcome. Unfortunately, they got it only half-right. Since the Beach Boys had too many hits to fit onto one 20-track collection, it made sense to have two separate 20-track discs, but the dividing line is arbitrary. For its three quarters, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 appears to be a straight chronological trawl through the hits, beginning with "Surfin' Safari" and running through "Barbara Ann." Upon close inspection, a number of major songs -- "Surfin'," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Don't Worry Baby" -- are missing, yet that portion of the album plays very well. The last five songs are a bit problematic. True, there's a good selection of highlights from the Pet Sounds era, but the late '60s and '70s are skipped in favor of "Kokomo," which has never sounded more out of place than it does here. Of course, to some casual fans this will seem like nitpicking, since Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 does have the lion's share of the Beach Boys' popular material, and it is nice to have these songs on one disc, even if "Do It Again," "Caroline No," and "Heroes and Villains" are missing, along with the previously mentioned cuts. What is here qualifies as a top-notch introduction, yet it's hard not to wish that the two Greatest Hits were chronological, with Vol. 1 ending before Pet Sounds and the second volume tying up the remaining Capitol recordings.
Performance CreditsBeach Boys Primary Artist
Technical CreditsChuck Berry Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Mike Love Composer
Carl Wilson Composer
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
Andrew Sandoval Producer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Michael Etchart Executive Producer
Tony Asher Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think that the Beach Boys are the greatest band that have ever lived!!!!!!
The Beach Boys have one of the greatest catalog of songs in rock and roll. Unfortunately, Capitol does not seem to know what to do with it. First, they delete the 2-fer sixties albums, they then delete Endless Summer and Absolute Best, two superior Beach Boys collections, and finally, they release this thing. The sound tries to mimic the mastering of the mono singles and is not as good as the stereo remastering was. The content is unusual as hits such as Warmth Of The Sun and Don't Worry Baby were relegated to Volume 2. The artwork is not well done and doesn't do the group justice. Capitol seems to change its mind about how to deal with the Beach Boys every two years or so and the group has suffered as a result. The original 2-fer CDs with bonus tracks need to be restored along with the 70s and 80s material that is being restored this year. The hits albums should be reconfigured into chronological order with CD booklets that deal better with the group's history. Right now, the Beach Boys catalog need a massive overhaul.
i love this cd is totally rocks.