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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
Gotta love big box sets cuz you get all the good stuff and a wonderful booklet. But it also means you get all the not-so-good stuff, which is much of the 3rd and 4th discs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Glenn L. Olson
I paid 1.29 for 31 seconds of basically someone talking? Not sure why but it was sure disappointing!!!Published 10 months ago by twolips2speak
My husband is loving the CD set! He loves "Oldies" and is enjoying this music. It was not on his Christmas list, sooo I think I hit a home run with this purchase.Published 19 months ago by secondhandMom
I loaned this set to someone that I thought would be a good friend and return it quickly - nope! I had to replace the set and this one is great! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shirlee Johnson
I'm writing this review mainly for people who may be weighing up the choice between this box set and the recently released "Made in California. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Lonergan
An in depth, 4 CD, collection. Enjoyed every song and will years to come. Fun listening to the very first recordings and where this group came from and the fantastic music they... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Robert T.