Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys

by The Beach Boys The Beach Boys


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There is no one in music more closely aligned with the carefree feel of summer than the Beach Boys, and this collection brings their good vibrations back to the fore with 30 Top 40 singles. Despite the disc's title, only half of the songs here were actually released in the spring or summer, but who could argue that "Good Vibrations" (October 1966) or, for Pete's sake, "Surfin' U.S.A." (March 1963) don't conjure the Coppertone, salt water, and itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, polka-dot bikinis of a sunny California summer? Heavily anthologized over the years, all of this material is available on numerous Beach Boys retrospectives, so there are no surprises here, although the latter-day numbers stand out as a being a bit more assembly-line than inspired, such as 1985's "Getcha Back," a No. 26 single in its day. The timeless '60s tracks form the bulwark of the repertoire, however, and time has not diminished their appeal one whit, whether it's the youthful exuberance driving 1962's "Surfin' Safari," the cocky attitude energizing 1964's "I Get Around," the tender melancholy informing 1963's ethereal "Surfer Girl" (Brian Wilson's first attempt at songwriting), or the adventurous forays into sound and lyrics that constitute 1967's wondrous "Heroes and Villains." Also, the version of "Be True to Your School" is the great single version, featuring the Honeys providing cheerleader yells. This classic retrospective features four chart-toppers -- "I Get Around," "Help Me, Rhonda," 1988's "Kokomo," and "Good Vibrations" -- and 16 tracks that peaked in the upper reaches of the Top 20. There's no better soundtrack for board waxing or top-down driving -- these tunes capture the spirit of the sunny months, no matter what the season.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724358271027
catalogNumber: 82710
Rank: 4430


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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Brian Wilson   Vocals
Mike Love   Vocals
Carl Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Jardine   Vocals
David Marks   Guitar
Dennis Wilson   Drums,Vocals
Dean Torrence   Vocals

Technical Credits

Beach Boys   Producer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Bruce Johnston   Producer
Mike Love   Composer
Scott McKenzie   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer,Producer
John Phillips   Composer
Carl Wilson   Composer,Producer
Murry Wilson   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Bobby Freeman   Composer
James William Guercio   Producer
Mark Linett   Remixing,Audio Production
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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