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Their classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle and The Beach Boys have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. The Beach Boys’ first hit “Surfin’” (1961) launched a string of chart-topping songs that spans nearly forty years and includes eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA”, “Surfer Girl”, ... Read more in Amazon's The Beach Boys Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B008LA7RH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. California Girls
2. Do It Again
3. Surfin' Safari
4. Catch a Wave
5. Little Honda
6. Surfin' U.S.A.
7. Surfer Girl
8. Don't Worry Baby
9. Little Deuce Coupe
10. Shut Down
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Disc: 2
1. Kokomo
2. You're So Good To Me
3. Wild Honey
4. Darlin'
5. In My Room
6. All This Is That
7. This Whole World
8. Add Some Music To Your Day
9. Cotton Fields
10. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
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Two discs packaged in a lift top box including an extended booklet with newly written liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild + 7 collectible band postcards.


Description:

The Beach Boys' new 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones collection features the band's most popular songs, including "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Kokomo," and two songs from the band's newest studio album -- the title track "That's Why God Made The Radio" and a new single version of "Isn't It Time,"


For five decades, America's first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world's favorite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.


The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin' Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson's musical leadership, the band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.

Customer Reviews

If you love live music like I do and you love the Beach Boys, this is the CD set to own.
Ryan
The mixing job for the mono tracks is well done, and I say try to get past the need for stereo and just enjoy the great music.
Ryan Rowland
While there are several Greatest Hit albums released over the years, this one is one of the best.
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By ELO1216 on October 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Beach Boys fan, and have been since I was a toddler - as long as I can remember (which was only a few years after their formation). Their music was one of the things that brought together my parents, brother, and me - the whole family were, and still are big fans. Brian is a genius, the group should be proud of most of their recorded heritage, and they made some of the best singles ever made. I own every Beach Boys album, and love Surf's Up, Holland, Sunflower as much as Pet Sounds.

This new compilation is a disappointment. I'll start off with the good: I like seeing all the singles (minus Be True To Your School and Little St. Nick - this is a negative and I don't know why these tracks were left off) alongside some of the tracks that would not be as well known to casual listeners such as Cotton Fields and California Saga. I like having Getcha Back and That's Why God Made the Radio on it too.

The NEGATIVE, and it is major: The remastered sound on these two discs is awful. Really awful. I played it on a great car stereo, a bose player, and a very decent component system, and they sounded just as bad on each. The songs sound compressed, hollow, too clean, too high end. The vocals sound great, but there's middle or low end. The instrumentation is washed out. I compared the version of Surfin' U.S.A. on this compilation to both the two previous Capitol versions found on the Surfin' U.S.A. cds, along with the great Razor & Tie 2CD compilation from a few years back - on this new version I couldn't even hear the drums, and the recording sounded too clean - too sanitized. On the other versions there was a warmth and depth to the sound that was just plain missing from this 50 Big Ones. This could be said for many of the songs remastered on 50 Big Ones.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Rowland on October 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Every time a new Beach Boys compilation comes out, the same complaints are made - why hasn't everything been mixed in stereo finally? The unfortunate answer is that some songs are IMPOSSIBLE to be mixed in true stereo due to missing or destroyed masters.

Fifty Big Ones is essential because, for the first time ever, a Beach Boys best of contains every single track that CAN be in stereo in stereo format. Many prior compilations would feature a few new stereo mixes and omit others. With twelve of the Beach Boys albums finally seeing release in both original mono and either 1960s stereo or new stereo mixes, this compilation will give you as much stereo as there is possible. The new remasters contain "stereo extraction mixes", which is not true stereo, for those songs with missing masters. The results are okay (certainly far from revelation a true stereo mix can bring), but might not be appropriate for a best of like this.

Anyway, here are some quick details on the songs that still exist in mono and why:
"Good Vibrations": According to Bruce Johnston, the vocal tracks for this were likely accidentally destroyed in 1967 during a "vault cleaning" by Capitol.
"Do It Again": The master tape was lost when being remixed in 1968 for the Stack-O-Tracks album. Hopefully this one will turn up some day.
"Surfin' Safari": Another lost master or possibly mixed down to one track upon being recorded, making a true stereo mix impossible.
"The Little Girl I Once Knew": Erased by Brian in 1967, as he was reusing the tape. He was still mixing exclusively in mono then, and having finished the song in 1965, saw no need to keep the tape.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 9, 2012
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My goodness, where has the time gone? I can remember buying Beach Boys singles in the mid 1960's for .68 each at a downtown record store or "on sale" for .48 at one of those new-fangled discount department stores. What was especially cool about grabbing the latest Beach Boys 45 rpm record was that more often than not Capitol Records shipped them in colorful picture sleeves. Although these sleeves would become treasured collector's items for many what most of the kids were really interested in was the music. The sound of The Beach Boys has proven to be timeless and as evidenced by their highly successful 2012 album "That's Why God Made The Radio" they are still getting the job done. As a tribute to 50 years in the music business Capitol Records has released an exciting two-disc anthology "The Beach Boys Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones" featuring the biggest hits and most acclaimed songs from their remarkable five decade career. For those in the Baby Boom generation this one truly qualifies as "the soundtrack of your life".

"The Beach Boys Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones" features all of those dynamic hit singles from the 1960's presented exactly as you would remember them when they were blasting from your car radio or perhaps from that little transistor radio you smuggled into bed late at night when you were a young teen. Enjoy once again great Top Ten hits like "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Help Me, Rhonda", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and one of their most popular tunes of all-time "Surfer Girl" from the summer of '63. Gee, I feel like a kid again! The hit singles just kept on coming with songs like "Barbara Ann", "I Get Around", "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)", and the all-time favorite "California Girls" which are all included here as well.
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I agree. The Razor & Tie compilation from a few years back was totally authorized, and it also had Little Saint Nick, which this one is missing
Oct 8, 2012 by ELO1216 |  See all 4 posts
Yet another compilation...
The original Amazon description said "Stereo Remasters" but they have since removed that. Maybe that is what is causing some of the confusion on this set.
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