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listen  1. Surfin' U.S.A. (Demo Version) 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Little Surfer Girl0:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Surfin' (Rehearsal) 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Surfin' 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring (Demo) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Surfin' Safari (Mono) 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 409 (Mono) 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Punchline (Mono) 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Surfin' U.S.A. (Mono) 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shut Down (Mono) 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Surfer Girl (Mono) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Little Deuce Coupe (Mono) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. In My Room (Mono) 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Catch A Wave 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Surfer Moon 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Be True To Your School (Single Version) (Mono) 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Spirit Of America 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Little Saint Nick (Single Version) (1991 Digital Remaster) (Mono) 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Things We Did Last Summer 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Fun, Fun, Fun (Single Version) (Mono) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Don't Worry Baby (Mono) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Mono) 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Warmth Of The Sun (Mono) 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Get Around (Mono) 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. All Summer Long 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Little Honda (Mono) 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Wendy (Mono) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Don't Back Down (Mono) 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. Do You Wanna Dance? 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen31. Dance, Dance, Dance 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen32. Please Let Me Wonder 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen33. She Knows Me Too Well 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen34. Radio Station Jingles 1:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen35. Concert Promo/Hushabye (Live) 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. California Girls (Stereo) 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Help Me, Rhonda 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Then I Kissed Her 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. And Your Dream Comes True 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Little Girl I Once Knew 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Barbara Ann 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ruby Baby 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Koma (Radio Promo Spot)0:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sloop John B 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wouldn't It Be Nice 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. You Still Believe In Me 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. God Only Knows 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hang On To Your Ego (Alternate Version) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Pet Sounds 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Caroline, No 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Good Vibrations (Mono Version) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Our Prayer 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Heroes And Villains (Alternate Version) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Heroes And Villains (Sections) 6:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Wonderful 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Cabinessence (1993 Digital Remaster) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Wind Chimes 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Heroes And Villains (Intro)0:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Do You Like Worms 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Vegetables 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. I Love To Say Da Da 1:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Surf's Up 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. With Me Tonight 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Heroes And Villains (Single Version) (Digitally Remastered 93) 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Darlin' 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wild Honey 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let The Wind Blow 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Can't Wait Too Long (Alternate Version) 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cool Cool Water 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Meant For You0:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Friends 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Little Bird 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Busy Doin' Nothin' (1993 Digital Remaster) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do It Again 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Can Hear Music 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Went To Sleep 1:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Time To Get Alone 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Break Away 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) [Single Version] 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. San Miguel 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Games Two Can Play 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Just Got My Pay 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. This Whole World 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Add Some Music 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Forever 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Our Sweet Love 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. H.E.L.P. Is On The Way 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. 4th Of July 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Long Promised Road 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Disney Girls (1957) 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Surf's Up 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. 'Til I Die 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  4. Funky Pretty 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Marcella 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. All This Is That 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rock And Roll Music (Digitally Remastered 93) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's O.K. 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Had To Phone Ya 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. That Same Song 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. It's Over Now 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Still I Dream Of It 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Let Us Go On This Way 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Night Was So Young 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I'll Bet He's Nice 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Airplane 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Come Go With Me 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Our Team 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Baby Blue 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Good Timin' 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Goin' On 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Getcha Back 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Kokomo 3:36Album Only


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listen  1. In My Room (Demo) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Radio Spot #10:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Get Around (Instrumental) (Stereo) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Radio Spot #20:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dance, Dance, Dance (Tracking Session) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hang On To Your Ego (Sessions) 6:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. God Only Knows (Tracking Session) 9:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Good Vibrations (Sessions)15:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Heroes And Villains (Track Only)0:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cabinessence (Track Only) 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Surf's Up (Track Only) 1:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Radio Spot #30:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. All Summer Long (Vocals) 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wendy (Vocals) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Hushabye (Vocals) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (Vocals) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Wouldn't It Be Nice (Vocals) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. California Girls (Vocals) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Radio Spot #40:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Concert Intro/Surfin' U.S.A. (Live 1964) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Surfer Girl (Live 1964) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Be True To Your School (Live 1964) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Good Vibrations (Live 1966) 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Surfer Girl (Live In Hawaii Rehearsals - 1967) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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 (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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.

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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

Customer Reviews

Worth buying the box set for that track alone, and it is on the 5th CD.
John Lonergan
Nonetheless, this compilation is a great introduction to the band's history and has quite a bit of great material, start to finish.
Michael Stack
Out of all the boxed sets I've owned, "Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys" remains my favorite.
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45 of 47 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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236 of 269 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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18 of 19 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Compton Roberts on July 29, 2000
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"Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys" is one of the finest compilations of a major musical artist yet released. Inside, you will find an exceptionally well-chosen selection of Beach Boy hits, album tracks, alternate takes, experiments and other assorted oddities. There are no essential songs or performances missing, although one might quibble about not finding a personal favourite among the extensive track listing. Even then, I'll wager that the compilers at Capitol have second-guessed even the most fervent Beach Boys fanatics. Here is the proof as to why in some circles Brian Wilson is considered a pop music genius on the order of a Paul McCartney or a Stevie Wonder. The sound is terrific, given that the original recordings have some unusual imbalances and are very trebly--no doubt due to Brian Wilson's rumoured deafness in one ear. The tracks are chronologically arranged and neatly contained into aesthetically-pleasing sections. For example, CD #1 contains the surfin' era, CD #2 contains the maturing of Brian's sonic palette, CD #3 contains the later, more esoteric but no less important cuts and CD #4 is a concise encapsulation of the rather spotty 1971-1989 period. There is also a decent, if not terribly enlightening booklet to accompany the recordings. The biggest asset, for Beach Boys fanatics, is a fifth (bonus) disc of alternate mixes of beloved songs where the instrumentation is buried so that only those heavenly harmonies can be heard accapella. This an important American musical legacy and Capitol Records should be commended for this exceptional package. It is a treat for the Fanatic, the Casual Listener or the Pop Musicologist.Read more ›
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