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Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys Box set

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Awesome. 5 CDs, 141 songs, 40 unreleased, including 30 minutes of the most legendary unreleased album in rock: Smile . In between all the collector manna (including an entire "bootleg" disc of unreleased stuff), and in chronological order starting with their earliest demos (of Surfin' U.S.A. , etc.), are all the hits from the Capitol, Caribou, Brother and Colpix labels in original mono or stereo, all documented by a 60-page, full-color booklet.

From "Surfin'" to "Kokomo," the first four discs of this box chart the Beach Boys' inimitable 30-year course. Here are all the hits and key album tracks, and an assortment of unreleased material that illuminates Brian Wilson and company's immense contribution to the development of pop music. (Especially fascinating are the assembled fragments from Wilson's abandoned 1966 masterwork, Smile.) A fifth disc features demos, radio spots, live tracks, and studio goodies for the hardcore fan. The set confirms Brian's hardworking genius, but also gives each member his due, especially the late Carl Wilson. Rock & roll music grew up with the Beach Boys, and this box is rock's best family album. --Ben Edmonds

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
  1. Surfin' U.S.A. (Demo Version) 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Little Surfer Girl0:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Surfin' (Rehearsal) 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Surfin' 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring (Demo) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Surfin' Safari (Mono) 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. 409 (Mono) 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Punchline (Mono) 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Surfin' U.S.A. (Mono) 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Shut Down (Mono) 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Surfer Girl (Mono) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Little Deuce Coupe (Mono) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. In My Room (Mono) 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Catch A Wave 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. The Surfer Moon 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Be True To Your School (Single Version) (Mono) 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Spirit Of America 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Little Saint Nick (Single Version) (1991 Digital Remaster) (Mono) 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Things We Did Last Summer 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Fun, Fun, Fun (Single Version) (Mono) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Don't Worry Baby (Mono) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Mono) 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. The Warmth Of The Sun (Mono) 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. I Get Around (Mono) 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. All Summer Long 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
26. Little Honda (Mono) 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
27. Wendy (Mono) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
28. Don't Back Down (Mono) 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
29. Do You Wanna Dance? 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
30. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
31. Dance, Dance, Dance 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
32. Please Let Me Wonder 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
33. She Knows Me Too Well 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
34. Radio Station Jingles 1:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
35. Concert Promo/Hushabye (Live) 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  2. Help Me, Rhonda 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Then I Kissed Her 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. And Your Dream Comes True 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. Barbara Ann 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Ruby Baby 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Koma (Radio Promo Spot)0:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Sloop John B 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Wouldn't It Be Nice 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. You Still Believe In Me 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. God Only Knows 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Hang On To Your Ego (Alternate Version) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Pet Sounds 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Caroline, No 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Good Vibrations (Mono Version) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Our Prayer 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Heroes And Villains (Alternate Version) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Heroes And Villains (Sections) 6:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Wonderful 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Cabinessence (1993 Digital Remaster) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Wind Chimes 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Heroes And Villains (Intro)0:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Do You Like Worms 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
26. Vegetables 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
27. I Love To Say Da Da 1:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
28. Surf's Up 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
29. With Me Tonight 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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  1. Heroes And Villains (Single Version) (Digitally Remastered 93) 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Darlin' 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Wild Honey 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Let The Wind Blow 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Can't Wait Too Long (Alternate Version) 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Cool Cool Water 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Meant For You0:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Friends 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Little Bird 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Busy Doin' Nothin' (1993 Digital Remaster) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Do It Again 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. I Can Hear Music 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. I Went To Sleep 1:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Time To Get Alone 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Break Away 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) [Single Version] 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. San Miguel 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Games Two Can Play 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. I Just Got My Pay 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. This Whole World 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Add Some Music 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Forever 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Our Sweet Love 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. H.E.L.P. Is On The Way 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. 4th Of July 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
26. Long Promised Road 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
27. Disney Girls (1957) 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
28. Surf's Up 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
29. 'Til I Die 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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  1. Sail On, Sailor 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. California 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. The Trader 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Funky Pretty 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Fairy Tale Music 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Marcella 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. All This Is That 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Rock And Roll Music (Digitally Remastered 93) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. It's O.K. 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Had To Phone Ya 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. That Same Song 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. It's Over Now 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Still I Dream Of It 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Let Us Go On This Way 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. The Night Was So Young 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. I'll Bet He's Nice 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Airplane 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Come Go With Me 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Our Team 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Baby Blue 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Good Timin' 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Goin' On 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Getcha Back 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Kokomo 3:36Album Only

Disc 5:

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  1. In My Room (Demo) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Radio Spot #10:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. I Get Around (Instrumental) (Stereo) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Radio Spot #20:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Dance, Dance, Dance (Tracking Session) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Hang On To Your Ego (Sessions) 6:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. God Only Knows (Tracking Session) 9:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Good Vibrations (Sessions)15:16Album Only
  9. Heroes And Villains (Track Only)0:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Cabinessence (Track Only) 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Surf's Up (Track Only) 1:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Radio Spot #30:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. All Summer Long (Vocals) 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Wendy (Vocals) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Hushabye (Vocals) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (Vocals) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Wouldn't It Be Nice (Vocals) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. California Girls (Vocals) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Radio Spot #40:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Concert Intro/Surfin' U.S.A. (Live 1964) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Surfer Girl (Live 1964) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. Be True To Your School (Live 1964) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Good Vibrations (Live 1966) 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Surfer Girl (Live In Hawaii Rehearsals - 1967) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This boxed set is suffering from mixed reviews, largely I suspect from reviewers who aren't considering the intent of the boxed set-- the set is a career overview, contains the hits as well as the important tracks, this means that much of it is going to drift outside of the listening experience of most listeners. The Beach Boys have a long and varied career and covered quite a bit of ground, and with patience and careful listening, I suspect nearly anyone will come to appreciate this material-- the genius of Brian Wilson and his brothers shines through readily . The tracks are organized chronologically and therefore provide a living history of the band. Track listing can be argued (and I will here), but the set is superb, for either the unitiated, the casual listener looking to dig deeper, or the dedicated fan seeking rarities.

The first CD covers the early days of the band, when surfing and cars ruled their music (although by the end of the CD, they'd started to move on, the period of 1961 to 1965. Opening with a stunning piano-and-vocal demo of "Surfin' USA" (out of order chronologically), this opens with some early demos and the band's first single, "Surfin'". Severak early surf and car hits ("Surfin' Safari", "409", "Surfin USA", "Shut Down", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Catch a Wave", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "I Get Around", "Little Honda" follow, but also present are some of the first introspective ballads by the Beach Boys-- largely featuring Brian Wilson's falsetto leads, songs such as "Surfer Girl", "In My Room", and "The Warmth of the Sun" painted the way for the direction the Beach Boys were heading. The CD wraps up with a handful of tracks from the great album, "The Beach Boys Today!
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241 of 275 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. on March 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Before you hit the 'no' button on "was this review helpful ?", let me say up front that my review is based entirely on the *sound quality* of this set. It does not reflect the actual music itself, which has been described in detail in many other reviews here.

If you care about the sound of these songs, please be warned that the remastering job was horrendous. These songs have been remastered using a progam called No-Noise (or a similarly-like program) which basically acts as a Dolby system like we used to find on analog casettes. The life has been sucked out these recordings and they sound very compressed and quite "digital". If you want to hear this for yourself, please compare any song (try "In My Room" for example) from this set to the older 'Endles Summer' compilation disc. When the vocals enter on the older set, they sound rich, full, warm, etc. The same vocals on this set have zero impact - they are flat, cold, sterile, and lacking any sense of dynamics whatsoever. There is no comparison. The dynamics that are found on the older and frankly superior-sounding set are gone. There is no more warmth or excitement left in this newer set. It is a shame, since there is wonderful music here. The problem with noise reduction programs such as No-Noise is that when engineers try to remove the hiss from these older recordings, this hiss or "line noise" cannot effectively removed without affecting the entire signal. Some engineers DO take caution not to overdo this process, but on this recording it has been way overused - and consequently ruining this collection sonically.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I truly feel sorry for the fellow from Pleasanton, California. The whole appeal of this set is that the Beach Boys have too many greatest hits albums already, and the box has room to disseminate many lesser-know treasures. I shudder when I think of a listener "fast-fowarding to get to the songs I know" and skipping over masterpieces like "This Whole World".
Good Vibrations would probably bore a non-fan, but it's not intended for those who just want to hear "Surfin' USA" ad nauseum. It is nothing less than essential for a fan for the 30-minute psuedo-Smile album on Disc Two, the tracks from Brian's shelved solo album on Four, and the mislaid gems like "4th of July", "Baby Blue" and "Hang onto Your Ego" spread over the set. For a band with as many unissued-on-CD lps as this, who can complain about the selection of the glorious Warner-era tunes (their inclusion was a big reason for my purchase, as I'm a 17 year-old who missed the vinyl era and can't get these tunes elsewhere)? And as for the complaint about too many of these songs being redundant for fans; I had no idea you could actually get bored with songs like "Wouldn't it Be Nice?".
If you're a lover of pop music and willing to spent many hours alone and spellbound and gripping your headphones, buy this box and don't look back.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By suzy murray on February 9, 2000
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These cds contain a through sampling of the Beach Boys' music. From start to end, the listener can trace the changes and influences of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. No matter what era of the Beach Boys the listener prefers-the early sand and surf tunes, the experimental Pet Sounds era, or the pop disco of the seventies- the set contains plenty of representative songs from each. Because these songs are in an approximate chronological order, the band's evolution and inner struggles play out and one can hear the early tentative songs of a group groping for a sound to call their own before moving from the derivative styles of other artists to the establishment of a distinct style. We can almost hear Brian Wilson's boredom with the surf sound as he tries to push into new territory with the Pet Sounds recordings. Wilson fades into obscurity as the other band members begin to assert themselves with such songs as Carl Wilson's "Wild Honey" and "Gethca Back" and Dennis Wilson's haunting "Baby Blue." Finally, the band breaks down into tired formulas, having spent themselves in Brian Wilson's experimentation, and now settle for singing the cliches. There is something for everyone, and just about all of it is good music.
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