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Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys Box set

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Audio CD, Box set, June 29, 1993
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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.

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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

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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 (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,740 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
Format: Audio CD
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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