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That's Why God Made the Radio [Single]

The Beach BoysVinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (July 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0084O8OB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Beach Boys, one of the worlds most legendary and influential bands, have reunited for a brand new studio album, and global 50th Anniversary tour. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine Bruce Johnston and David Marks tour together for the first time in more than 2 decades.

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346 of 363 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised (and relieved) to spend 39 minutes with an album that is, at this point in time, a fitting addition (and maybe the final chapter, who knows) to the legacy of the "real" Beach Boys.

In June 1985, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Carl Wilson (Dennis had died in December 1983) released what could arguably be considered the final "Beach Boys" album, Beach Boys. It was produced by Steve "Culture Club" Levine, and had a cold, brittle, impersonal feel. It had a long list of guest musicians, including the late guitar legend Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr...but it still felt cold. A video for "Getcha Back" received some heavy play on MTV, but it was clear that the "Brian Is Back" era was drawing to a close.

The album "Still Cruisin'" came in 1989 and yielded the hit "Kokomo," which some Beach Boys fans like and others don't. Brian tossed in one song for the album, but was otherwise involved, and the track listing was padded out with "I Get Around," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "California Girls."

In 1992, the album "Summer In Paradise" was released.It sold 10,000 copies. The cadinal sin on this album was a John Stamos re-recording of the Dennis Wilson classic "Forever" from the album "Sunflower." WHY, guys...WHY? It also featured a weak-kneed, wretched, pointless cover of Sly Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime." Carl, Mike, Al and Bruce were smothered in a sea of FOURTEEN additional musicians, including Terry Melcher and Roger McGuinn.

From that point forward, Carl passed away in February 1998...pretty much taking the heart of the band with him. Brian had the songs, Carl provided the heart, the true mojo of the band at its best.
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent comeback June 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
People who tend to think that come-backs and reunions are only made for commercial reasons must be people who don't know about the deep bonding that happpens when people play music together. Ok, it is not always the magic can be re-created, but in most cases something surprisingly worthwhile comes out of the effort.

That is definitely the case with this 50 years reunion album from one of the greatest bands ever. Uniting the three surviving original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love with 2 musicians who has an imporatant place in the history of the band. Mainstay Bruce Johnstone and the more obscure surf guitarist David Marks who joined the band at only 13 and played on the first 4 albums.

Not surprisingly Brian Wilson is the driving force here, many of the tracks based on demos of songs he had made over the years - with Beach Boys in mind. Helped out by old time friend - and sometimes 'enemy, at least in the court rooms - Mike Love, multi-talent Jeff Foskett and co-producer Joe Thomas. And a host of first-rate studio-musicians, mostly from Brian's touring band but also guitar-legend Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter.

There are some beautiful gems here. The title track is certainly a bona fide hit song. Some more introspective songs like "From there to back again". Not a bad song, interesting arrangements, exemplary playing and on top it: the still present and vital vocal magic. And as always with music of this calliber an album that wins tremedously from repeated listenings
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasures Abound In New Beach Boys Album June 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As others have correctly stated, this isn't The Beach Boys Today, Pet Sounds, or Sunflower, nor should that have been expected. For one thing, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys have over forty years more life under their belts than they did way back when. Are you the same person you were that many years ago, if you were even alive then? Yes, the album has some weaker moments, as do all albums. Even Today, Pet Sounds, and Sunflower had their lesser tracks. But even most of the "filler" on this album is much stronger than the weak links that were always a part of previous Beach Boys' (and everybody else's) albums. Part of Brian's charm is that he takes chances, which means you are going to have some misses, but when he hits, boy does he hit like nobody else.

And although it's far too early to reflect upon how this new music will last, it's possible that people will be enjoying it long into the future with the same passion they do when listening to the very best Beach Boys' albums of yesteryear. The more I listen to it, the more I like the songs that didn't immediately bowl me over, and constant replaying hasn't dimmed any of the pleasures of the songs I was initially blown away by.

One of my few quibbles is that I wish Brian, Al, and Bruce had played a few instruments here and there, but considering the results are so stunning as it is, it's barely worth mentioning, especially as studio musicians almost always figured into Brian's past glories. But listening to Al's singing on "From There To Back Again" makes me wish that he, Bruce, and Mike had been featured a little more prominently in some of the mixes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely, Nostalgic and Very Well Done Comeback from a Legendary Band.
Getting the surviving Beach Boys back together was no small feat prior to their 50th anniversary in 2012, when they released the excellent "That's Why God Made the Radio. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Anthony Nasti
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Melancholy
The album has a bittersweet feeling to it, almost as a send off. The first album in 16 years and it definitely delivers.
Published 3 days ago by Bogiefan1995
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD...
Great music. New looking condition but not really "Factory sealed."
Published 9 days ago by "Fight Prime Time, Read A Book!"
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Robert E. Carman
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this Album
I hope Brian Wilson keeps creating in this same vein. It's too bad Mike Love can't handle the fact that Brian doesn't want to write with him anymore. Read more
Published 28 days ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars The best song is the title
I have always loved just about everything the Beach Boys have put out, so if you love their stuff, you'll like this.
Published 1 month ago by Dan B. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars That's Why God Made the Radio CD
I've been a Beach Boys fan my whole life and I own just about all of their CDs. I like the title track song which is why I purchase the CD but the rest of tracks are just OK. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys
Can't believe this was a Beach Boys Album, very disappointed in the music. Would not recommend to anyone. Did not like.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Truckley
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW FOR THE ALBUM, NOT THE SELLER/PACKAGING
Whomever dislikes this album is obviously not a true Beach Boys fan. I received the album last night and have since played the entire album three times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven J Christman
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Beach Boys Fan
I had the chance to see the Boys twice within the past year. I really do enjoy the new Album
Published 2 months ago by Robert G. Daniels Jr.
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