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Covered By the Beach Boys

The Beach BoysAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Beat
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. California Dreamin'
2. Do You Wanna Dance
3. School Days (Ring Ring Goes the Bell)
4. Walk on By
5. Come Go with Me
6. Johnny B. Goode
7. Palisades Park
8. Then I Kissed Her
9. The Wanderer
10. Summertime Blues
11. The Letter
12. With a Little Help from My Friends

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Brian Wilson might have written the vast majority of their classic hits, but that doesn't mean the boys didn't enjoy other peoples' music, too. A dozen of their best covers represent some hits and some creative interpretations on classic songs you might be bowled over by. There's no doubting one simple truth: You'll wanna dance.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but odd compilation January 28, 2007
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This is a unique Beach Boys compilation, in that it collects several cover songs that the Beach Boys did throughout their career. The project could have been a great one, but falls short of the mark. There are a few redeeming qualities, though, that make it a must-have for serious Beach Boys fans. Here is an overview of pros and cons:


You get two very rare songs that at present are not available on any other release. Those songs are "The Letter" and "With A Little Help From My Friends," both of which had only been temporarily released on an album called "Rarities" in the 80s, which was removed from circulation after only a brief run. It was latter pressed to CD in small quantities (I believe in Japan only), after which it has remained off the market. Thus, if you're a Beach Boys collector wanting everything they've done and missed out on "Rarities" and don't want to pay out the wazzoo for it on eBay, here's your chance to get these two songs.

Also, "Johnny B Goode" is a different mix from what appears on the "Concert / Live In London" two-fer CD, and it's a much better mix at that, bringing the vocals out where you can actually hear them well this time around.


Some very noteworthy covers that the Beach Boys did have been omitted, including the hits "Sloop John B," "Barbara Ann," "I Can Hear Music" and "Rock And Roll Music," as well as some other great recordings such as "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," "Hushabye," "Cotton Fields" (single version), "I Was Made To Love Her" and "Just Once In My Life." All of these would have been very welcome inclusions (though I personally would opt for the "Live In London" version of "Barbara Ann" over the hit version, but that's just me).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Covered By The Beach Boys June 22, 2006
By enockss
Format:Audio CD
Sterling Records, the company that released this "Covered By" series (they also have similar CDs by Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and Linda Rondtandt to name a few) have just released their latest jigsaw puzzle of a CD, this time with songs by The Beach Boys. This is a 12 song set that consists of the Boys singing songs made famous by other artists. It is an interesting package, however, it is not in any particular chronological order.

*California Dreamin'

The Mamas & The Papas classic recorded by the Boys in 1986 for their 25th anniversary with Capitol Records. It features Roger McGuinn on 12 string guitar (the video had a cameo by "Papa" John Phillips and Michelle Phillips). This song can also be found on "Made in USA" & Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (Best of The Brothers).

*Do You Wanna Dance?

Originally recorded by Bobby Freeman (and later by The Ramones) this cut comes from the "Today" album released in 1965.

*School Days (Ring Ring Goes The Bell)

The Chuck Berry classic recorded by the Boys for their 1980 "Keppin' The Summer Alive" album. A great live version of this song can be found on the "Knebworth" CD

*Walk On By

Why the Boys would record this Dionne Warwick song is a mystery. Why we only get 56 seconds of the song on the CD is another mystery.

*Come Go With Me

The Del Vikings classic as recorded by the Boys for their 1978 " The M.I.U. Album".

*Johnny B. Goode

Another Chuck Berry classic originally the last song heard on the "Concert" album from 1964. "Before we all get kicked out of here, we're gonna do one more for you. Let's go!" is how they introduce the songs with lots of screaming girls, lots of energy & lots of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Forgot Some March 29, 2007
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Of all The Beatles covers, they forgot to include the 3 songs from the Party album, not to mention the many other covers from that album. If they're gonna make an album like this, they should include it all.Beach Boys' Party!/Stack-O-Tracks
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4.0 out of 5 stars The great Beach Boys January 22, 2013
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I bought this cd to give to my son as a gift. He was so happy, and I have no idea how many times he listens to it. Thank for make things so easy, It came here easily and in great shape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans September 4, 2007
By gil
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album for old fans. Of course, it's not a place to start (buy the Sounds of Summer compilation), but this cd has lot's of early rock'n roll energy and allows to hear some great tracks that were burried in their original albums.
California dreaming is a great oppener. You can listen to School days without having to listen to all the Keeping the summer alive album. Palisade Parks is a good tune that was lost inside 15 Big One. Good to have Johnny be good from In concert or Summertime Blues from the first album too. The two tunes (the Letter and With a Little help from my friends) from the deleted album Rarities are nice. And I'm always glad too hear the Fantastic (but short) beach boys version of Walk on By.
So, I may have prefered the inclusion of I was made to love her instead of the Wanderer but I'm happy to have this album anyway. It's good timin !
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