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The Warmth of the Sun [Original recording remastered]

The Beach BoysAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000FC2FUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Summer Long (new stereo remix)
2. Catch A Wave
3. Hawaii
4. Little Honda
5. 409
6. It's OK
7. You're So Good To Me (new stereo remix)
8. Then I Kissed Her (new stereo remix)
9. Kiss Me, Baby
10. Please Let Me Wonder (new stereo remix)
11. Let Him Run Wild (new stereo remix)
12. The Little Girl I Once Knew
13. Wendy (new stereo remix)
14. Disney Girls (1957)
15. Forever
16. Friends
17. Break Away
18. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
19. Surf's Up
20. Feel Flows (featured in the motion picture Almost Famous)
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Editorial Reviews

In a sense, The Warmth of the Sun is to 2004's double-platinum Sounds of Summer as 1975's Spirit of America was to the previous year's chart-topping Endless Summer. Both Summer compilations feature the obvious hits, and their followups collect less famous--though still worthy--tracks like "Hawaii," "409," and "Little Honda." But the 21st-century collections are sequenced by the Beach Boys themselves, and that means this volume's songs are second-tier in fame only. The casual fan whose curiosity was piqued by Sounds of Summer and picks this up for "All Summer Long" will be captivated by Brian Wilson's stops on the road to Pet Sounds ("Kiss Me Baby," "Please Let Me Wonder," "Let Him Run Wild," "The Little Girl I Once Knew"), moved by the father-son collaboration "Break Away" (in many ways the Beach Boys' farewell to the '60s), and floored by a string of five songs from the early '70s--a few of which had their genesis in the ill-fated Smile project--that are a perfect showcase for the maturity the group, especially Brian and Carl, managed to attain less than a decade after penning "Pom Pom Play Girl" ("Surf's Up," "Feel Flows," "All This Is That," "'Til I Die," "Sail On, Sailor"). Taken together, these two volumes provide an extraordinary portrait of a band attempting to straddle popularity and artistic vision, spotlighting each facet just long enough to make you want more. (Collectors note: many of these songs appear in new stereo remixes--they may not be the original Brian Wilson productions as he heard them, but being able to distinctly make out the vibraphone in "Let Him Run Wild" is worth it.) --Benjamin Lukoff

Product Description

The Warmth Of The Sun, a new collection of 28 career-spanning tracks, hand-selected and sequenced by The Beach Boys themselves. The Warmth Of The Sun traces the iconic band's creative arc in a sun-up to sundown musical journey that goes beyond the beach, presenting a broad view of the rich musical legacy of America's band. The perfect complement and companion to Sounds Of Summer. This new collection delves deeper into The Beach Boys' musical legacy with hits like "Sail On, Sailor" "The Little Girl I Once Knew" and "Feel Flows." Within The Warmth Of The Sun's three decade-spanning tracklist, much of the Beach Boys' most accomplished work is featured. Compiled and sequenced by The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, The Warmth Of The Sun showcases the broad scope of their recorded history. The journey takes us from the surf to the streets, and all with The Beach Boys' unparalleled trademark harmonies.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"THE WARMTH OF THE SUN" has new/FIRST TIME STEREO mixes of All Summer Long, You're So Good To Me, Then I Kissed Her, Please Let Me Wonder, and Let Him Run Wild (all hard-core Beach Boys Classics); plus the stereo mix of Kiss Me Baby (which has only appeared on the Endless Harmony CD), and a new stereo remix of Wendy. The songs are annotated in detail, with many unseen photos of the boys, but there are no liner notes or essay.

"Why Do Fools Fall In Love" is annotated as the original 1964 mono single mix (b-side of Fun, Fun, Fun); it's a different/better sounding mono mix, with a very different intro (no drum beat to start, with some piano & percussion sounds under the vocals). Very nice. Never before on CD!

"Cool, Cool Water" is annotated as the 1970 single version, and is in fact 1:40 shorter than the album version from Sunflower. The first 1:20 of the album version was excised, plus another 20 seconds edited out to create this stereo single version. This version had been released on the long out-of-print Ten Years Of Harmony LP/CD.

"California Dreamin" is annotated as the original 1986 stereo mix from "Made In The USA", but it is not; this version has wind, rain and thunder sounds before the guitar intro fades in. Never before on CD!

"Breakaway" is annotated as "alternate mix". It is in fact the "alternate version" that was released on the incredible "Hawthorne,CA" CD in 2001, although the studio chatter has been trimmed off the beginning. [FYI: this 2001 alternate stereo mix has Brian singing lead on the first verse instead of Carl, and additional/more complex vocals on the ending section, although it comes from the same basic master as the original mix.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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As other reviewers have noted, THE WARMTH OF THE SUN makes an excellent companion volume to 2003's superb SOUNDS OF SUMMER. Between 1962 and 1988, the Beach Boys charted 33 singles on Billboard's Top 40 (34 if you count 1981's "The Beach Boy Medley"). Thirty of those singles appeared on SOUNDS OF SUMMER. That left only "The Little Girl I Once Knew," "Caroline, No" and "It's O.K." for this new release. Inexplicably, "Caroline, No" is not included here. [In fact, there are no tracks from 1967's ground-breaking PET SOUNDS.]

So with only a handful of singles and well known album tracks, the 28 tracks found on THE WARMTH OF THE SUN enable the compilers to plumb deeper into the Beach Boys' catalog. Tracks range from 1962's "409" (the b-side to "Surfin' Safari" taken from their Capitol debut) to 1986's cover of the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" (which features some terrific 12-string guitar playing from Roger McGuinn).

This latest collection was compiled and sequenced by surviving group members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston. While Wilson wrote or co-wrote most of these songs (including three tracks from the minor classic LP ALL SUMMER LONG), Johnston wrote the gorgeous "Disney Girls (1957)" and Jardine composed the lush "California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-i-a)" which went Top 40 in the U.K. in 1973.

[Note: New stereo mixes are included for the following songs: "All Summer Long," "You're So Good to Me," "Then I Kissed Her," "Please Let Me Wonder," "Let Him Run Wild" and "Wendy."]

While the Beach Boys only reached the Top 10 twice after 1966's "Good Vibrations," this compilation shows that they were still an artistically viable band decades after their commercial heyday. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation! May 22, 2007
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This is the CD you hand to your friends when you're trying to explain the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys magical music that was ignored by FM radio in the late 60's and early70's, or forgotten from the British Invasion era. No new ground is plowed here, but this is a good sample of the excellent music that ALL the Beach Boys were producing in that period. This is especially evident in the earlier BW studio work (ie. Let Him Run Wild) and the the latter post-Smile work, sans Brian. And it even includes some excellent liner notes and pictures...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys Lesser Known songs June 26, 2007
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If you are a Beach Boy afficianado or "fanatic", then you know these songs. If you are not into the Beach Boys that much, then you might not know several of these songs - but you should learn them and add them to your repertoire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Beach Boys fan, this is worth listening to. I knew all the songs already, but it's great to hear them again in this format. Most of the songs were album cuts, so many people may not be familiar with them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By T. Ono
Format:Audio CD
The new stereo mixes are really great. I'm hearing parts I never noticed before. I'm pleased "Let Him Run Wild" made it this time, since it's one of my very favorite songs. The only complaints I have is that the track listing is very strange, and there are some songs that really don't have any business being there. But overall I'm just glad that the general public is slowly catching on to what a legacy Brian and the Boys had left us. Although I'm told these compilations drive completists nuts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real significance of this album is... June 5, 2007
By Whamo
Format:Audio CD
Brian Wilson and the Beachboys collaborating again. Brian did his own album(s), DVD, and was gigging with other musicians. The Beachboys have been gigging without Brian. As a Beachboy's fan, I think it's great they got back together. This weekend was classic, wooden boats all over Lake Arrowhead. I bet they had fun there, at Brian's house, cruising in his "California Girls" speedboat, as they met discussing this retrospective. Between this release, and the Stone's "Bigger Bang" 4 DVD set, this is going to be a great summer for classic rock. I would agree with most, that the band's best material came before 1970, but I also liked "Surf's Up" from the early 70's. Since the Stone's are still writing good songs, perhaps the Beachboy's could too? I will especially enjoy hearing a remix of "Wendy" because a beautiful girl with the same name was once a true love of mine. Please, don't tell my wife! LOL.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 20 days ago by d morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Beach Boys collection
Solid Beach Boys collection. Does not disappoint. All material is available elsewhere, however. The "Warmth..." is present in this collection.
Published 10 months ago by George E. Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars "Warmth.." + "Sounds of Summer" = a perfect collection!
If you buy this one plus "Sounds of Summer - the very best of" then you will pretty much have every good/great Beach Boy song you could want in an ear pleasing remastered... Read more
Published 10 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars *Some Great Songs Not Overplayed!*
This is a unique Beach Boy collection, since it covers a lot of great songs not usually included on similar CD sets. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hans Castorp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warmth of the Sun
Anything Beach Boys of fun and exciting. I have not heard it for awhile, but you love it. Makes you want to go to the beach.
Published 20 months ago by Merna S. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Beach Boys compilation, strongly recommended
I'll definitely give this CD five stars. It is essentially volume 2 of 2003's multi-platinum Sounds of Summer: Very Best of The Beach Boys compilation album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Random Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars BEACH BOYS- THE WARMTH OF THE SUN
Published 24 months ago by Peter H. Stroem Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Retrospective
Having just seen Brian Wilson last week (and being COMPLETELY KNOCKED OUT), I wanted to delve deeper into The Beach Boys catalogue. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Robert Orme
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd with an exception
This cd and the Sounds of Summer cd to me, seem to be a mixture of the original Spirit of America album and Endless Summer album released just prior to that ( I still own both... Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Love Good Music
4.0 out of 5 stars a great follow-up to Sounds Of Summer
This CD seems to be a "companion" to the Sounds Of Summer compilation, as it focuses more on songs that didn't really become "hits," and not a one of the songs on it appears on... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by S.W.
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Comparison with recent GH packages
I read somewhere that the Beach Boys themselves were involved in selecting and sequencing the tracks for Warmth of the Sun. Whether or not this is true, the fact remains that there will always be people debating about which songs should have been included in almost every compilation package. I... Read More
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