Beach Boys - 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits (Volume 1) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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This CD is classic all the way! You got your surf songs (Surfer Girl, Surfin' USA, Surfin' Safari, Catch A Wave), your car songs (Shut Down, Little Deuce Coupe, 409, Fun Fun Fun, I Get Around), then you have the near perfect studio productions from the mid-60s (California Girls, Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Sloop John B), some more hits (Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Do You Wanna Dance), etc, etc.
You MUST get Vol. 2 or you'll miss out on so many other great songs!!!
Beware of which pressing of the CD you get. I guess you can't really tell by ordering online, but the new pressings use the original 45rpm single mixes (or mono-version-of-the-LP mixes) and before, several of these songs were in stereo. I'm sorry mono fans, but the stereo versions just sound so much clearer. (I hope someday the LPs "Today" and "Summer Days" from 1965 are remixed in stereo like "Pet Sounds" was recently, because that makes up the bulk of their 60s catalog you can't hear in stereo.)
This CD, volume 1 of a three disc series, collects all their well known songs. At least the ones I'm familiar with. Right from the start, I get a smile on my face as I head out on a "Surfin' Safari." The group then sings their way through songs about cars ("Little Deuce Coupe," "409," "Fun, Fun, Fun"), school ("Be True to Your School," "Barbara Ann"), and, of course, the beach and surfing and stuff like that ("Catch a Wave," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "California Girls"). I was especially happy to find "Kokomo" on here, since I didn't know it was one of their songs.
Listening to this CD brings pictures to my mind of carefree summer vacations and "Happy Days" era high school life. I plan to keep it on regular rotation this summer and summers to come.
Anybody looking for their best known songs need look no further then this great collection.
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20 most excellent tracks by these timeless wonders of early surf rock! It was a gift to my Mother! She loves it! Thanx!Published 1 month ago by Samuel E. Smith
What can I say Just beautiful vocals and music under the direction of Brian WilsonPublished 4 months ago by Patrick Bellomo
For some reason, I've been listening to more Beach Boys lately than I ever did when they were popular. I guess I'm a fan!Published 4 months ago by Val E. Gray