The Beach Boys / All Summer Long
Extra Tracks, Import, Reissued, Remastered
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Two #4-charting albums, 28 tracks! Bonus cuts include alternate takes of Little Honda and Don't Back Down.
Released just one month after the Surfer Girl album, Little Deuce Coupe was, incredibly, the band's fourth album in less than a year. Brian Wilson and the band responded by turning in arguably their most consistent effort to date--and a concept album, to boot. Deuce Coupe expanded the band's subject matter to encompass 1963 America's burgeoning love affair with hot rods, surrounding previously released cuts such as the title track, "409," and others with strong new material (much of it cowritten by Wilson and a DJ, Roger Christian). A highpoint: the a cappella James Dean tribute "A Young Man Is Gone" (a reworking of Bobby Troup's beautiful "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"), a prime example of Wilson's arranging genius and the band's vocal prowess. All Summer Long was notable not only for racheting up the band's standards and essentially bidding farewell to the surf songs that inspired both their name and reputation, but also for going toe-to-toe with one of rock's most explosive phenomena--Beatlemania--and coming away victorious, with the single "I Get Around" soaring to No. 1 in the spring of 1964. Essentially another loose concept record (revolving around the innocent hedonistic pursuits of an idyllic SoCal summer) that takes its cue from the effervescent title track, it also documents Brian's restless creativity pushing the band toward its performing peak. Bonus takes include the superior single take of band staple "Be True to Your School," alternate takes of "Little Honda" and "Don't Back Down," and the slightly salacious outtake "All Dressed Up for School." Both albums have also been sonically burnished via 24-bit digital remastering. --Jerry McCulley
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The first album on this CD is `Little Deuce Coupe', which is a Great album. There are lots of familiar hits here but the whole album is great. "A young man is gone" is still one of the most stunning songs in Beach Boys history. A five-star album.
The second album of this CD is `All Summer Long', which is also a Great album. My only complaint is their inclusion of "our favorite recording sessions" which is just another useless and irritating `behind the scenes' track that subtracts from the enjoyment of the album. Despite that small irritant, this is also a five-star album.
Be sure you get this CD with the bonus tracks which includes "All dressed up for school".
Overall, this CD is worthy of a Sixth star. Highly Recommended.
As for the songs...."I Get Around" was pretty much my theme, and "409", "Shut Down" And "Little Duce Coupe" kept my pedal to the metal. "Drive In" sums up the nature of the Beach Boys, they sang about my every day life. The things I did. Great album.