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The Beach Boys Today!

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0030JOO9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far the best-sounding CD of this classic album! October 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Beach Boys Today! is absolutely among Brian Wilson's strongest productions and clearly, production-wise, points the way to the masterpiece Pet Sounds. The album is full of great tunes, with a lead vocal from every Beach Boy except Carl Wilson. In terms of Beach Boys canon - or rock canon in general - The Beach Boys Today! is a MUST.

Now, for the 2012 mono/stereo review...first off, it appears that Capitol is doing with The Beach Boys what Apple/EMI did with The Beatles -- small digi-paks with the white band on the spine. There are no liner notes other than track listings and notations of which tracks are new stereo mixes. If you own the 1990 or 2001 "twofer" CD with Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), this and the 2012 reissue of Summer Days... won't REPLACE the twofer, as you don't have the David Leaf liner notes or the bonus tracks. And for some reason, Capitol found it necessary to list each song twice on the back of the cover - once each for mono and stereo, instead of just listing them once and saying "Tracks 1-12 and 24 are mono, 13-23 are stereo" like it's written on the CD itself. ("Bull Session..." is in mono in both instances.)

It's nice to finally hear this landmark album in stereo, but...well, the stereo mixes aren't the end-all be-all. As with Summer Days..., the stereo mix on this album seems to introduce a lot of distracting reverb that's not so audible on the mono version. Some of them are good, but some aren't...particularly "Please Let Me Wonder," which has terrible equalization. Due to situations with original session tapes (i.e. missing vocal tracks), Dennis Wilson's lead vocal on the stereo mix of "In The Back Of My Mind" is only single-tracked, which in my opinion really takes away from the feel of the double-tracked mono.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album Made Better October 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first bought this album when it was released in 1964, while I was a sophomore in high school. Being a big fan of the Beach Boys, I had all of their albums up to this point. The California sound was appreciated here in Florida, too. And this album marked a turning point in their career. No songs about surfing, and no songs about cars, either. It was more teen angst. And no one did it better.

The songs on this album are nothing short of great. The album starts off with a great cover of Bobby Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance". The Beach Boys made this one their own, and is the only track on the album not penned by Brian Wilson. The biggest standout on this disc is the original version of "Help Me, Ronda" (spelling as it's on the disc). This version has an intro, doesn't have Mike Love's "Bow bow bow's" in the chorus, and is longer. It's also the version of this song I prefer. (The single version appears on the "Summer Days and Summer Nights" LP.) Also heard here are two of their other singles, "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" and "Dance, Dance, Dance". The former laments growing older and what the future may bring, while the latter just makes you want to cut a rug along with Brian and the boys. The rest of the tracks deal with teenage life and love as we remember it. All in all, an enjoyable listen.

Until now, this album was only available in mono and in Capitol's fake stereo "Duophonic" process. This Duophonic method introduced a delay on one channel to create a pseudo-stereo effect. Brian Wilson didn't want a stereo mix of this album since he felt he had better control of what the listener heard in mono. Capitol released the fake stereo version to appease those listeners who owned stereo players and insisted on something to make use of it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as PET SOUNDS, why is this an import? January 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I looked for TODAY! in almost every record store I went into, and wound up buying a used cassette copy. There is no reason why TODAY should be out of print in Capitol's domestic catalog. The company spends way to much time re-hashing the early surf material on waste-basket compliations, than allowing listeners the enjoyment of hearing the innovative creations Brian Wilson made. TODAY! is almost as good as PET SOUNDS. Its a consistent and enjoyable album, and its essential for any Beach Boys fan or a collector of great music. Not a single track on this album is anything less than excellent. Gems like "Please Let Me Wonder", "When I Grow Up", "Kiss Me Baby", "Help Me Rhonda", and "Do You Wanna Dance" are some of the album's best and most notable tracks. "Kiss Me Baby" comes complete with the classic harmonies, and is one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. The song was on the original BEST OF album, but Capitol has ignored it on the two GREATEST HITS: 20 (MORE) GOOD VIBRATIONS albums. "Please Let Me Wonder" is every bit as advanced as the songs from PET SOUNDS. "When I Grow Up" is a classic, with the perfection only Brian Wilson could manage. The version of "Do You Wanna Dance" is better than the original. "Dance Dance Dance" is a great uptempo tune. "Good To My Baby", "I'm So Young", "Don't Hurt My Little Sister", and "She Knows Me Too Well" all display Brian Wilson's musical genius, with the exceptional harmonies and outstanding melodies. TODAY also is the beginning of The Beach Boys evolution out of surfing and teen music to the best of pop and rock music. TODAY! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement for worn vinyl
How could you not like the Beach Boys? A number of songs complete my collection of favorites, and the remainder of the songs are needed to keep the album experience intact. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Charlesa G
3.0 out of 5 stars Today has always been my favorite Beachboy album
Today has always been my favorite Beachboy album, it's fun. Brian's Spector influence is obvious ASIs the creativity , much more in my I opinion than the overhyped Pet Sounds. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Brewblaz
5.0 out of 5 stars This LP by the Boys is every bit as good as Pet Sounds and Smile
This LP by the Boys is every bit as good as Pet Sounds and Smile.The ballads on side two are brilliant along with rockers like Dance,Dance,Dance!Put it on and pump up the volume!
Published 2 months ago by Billy Prine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the beach boys best albums
Great album thank you brian wilson for your beautiful soul that brings so much happiness to so many people. The 2nd side of this album is pure beauty.
Published 7 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Today! on Vinyl
The goods:
- Beautifully remastered cover. Really beats the original in umph.
- Record sounds better than original mono. It loses the muddiness from the 60s. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tyler Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars So Nice When Remixed in Stereo !
This to me and pet sounds are their best albums. Being mixed in stereo adds all the depth and enjoyment to this timeless music.
Published 14 months ago by Alloveramp
5.0 out of 5 stars BEACH BOYS TODAY cd
The condition of the cd is perfect and I have really enjoyed listening to it. I had this vinyl album when i was a teenager and so glad I found it on Amazon. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tina Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Beach Boys Album Finally In Stereo!
As has been identified in previous reviews, it should be a minor revelation to fans of The Beach Boys to finally hear the Today! album in stereo. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steve Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for the true fan
This is the 1965 album when the band ( yes the band, not only Brian) hit its stride as artists. Brian composed and commanded, but over the course of several years of intensive... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Harold
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost complet on the ultimate beach boya Collection
This might be the last CD I need in my ultimate Collection beach Boys and summer Surf Music With exellent sound and your chose of ten STEREO< Songs or ten MONO Songs I always... Read more
Published 19 months ago by bill walker
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