Beach Boys fans already know about these two albums. Beach Boys today has a few original songs and then the hits of the day. But there's one exceptional song by Dennis Wilson, in the back of my mind. It's truly a marvel. It doesn't quite fit in this album but it's so modern . It makes me wonder why he didn't do more solos. As for summer days and summer nights, its the summer album of 1965 for California girls. It's a terrific follow up to all summer long, the I get around 1964 Summer album. Carl Wilson singing the girl from New York City starts the album and was always a favorite of mine. It just doesn't date............. the only thing about these CD's is that they are digitally remastered from Capitol Records. Therefore you can't play them on your old boom box. Fortunately I have a DVD player. That's something that should be told the buyer upfront.
As I'm sitting here, getting long in the tooth, and enjoying my retirement, I find myself longing for those sounds of long gone days of yore. With this two-fer, it fits the bill perfectly. I didn't own these albums when they frist came out, but I always say "better late than never." Brian Wilson was heavily influenced by groups like The Four Freshman, The Four Lads, basically the vocal boy bands of the fifties and sixties. Thus the great harmonies that the Beach Boys are known for. Both of the albums were released in 1965. Beach Boys Today has some great vocal highlights like "Please Let Me Wonder," "She Knows Me To Well." It also includes a few top forty hits like "Help Me Rhonda" " Dance Dance Dance" " When I Grow Up To Be A Man." There is also some filler like "Bull Session With Big Daddy," can't understand how that got onto the album. This record made the "Rolling Stone's" top 500 albums of all time, and I can see why, to me it captures a moment in time that will never be again. The other disc in this set is "Summer Days and Summer Nights." In this effort you can see Brian Wilson starting to flex his creative writing and scoring of music. With "Summer Means New Love," a great instumental, things are kicked up a notch. The intro to "California Girls," you start to hear the precursor to Brian Wilson's masterpiece "Pet Sounds." Again it has some Top Forty hits and some filler, but all around enjoyable record. The package comes with two C.D.'s, the discs have the Capitol wave logo of the period's singles. Some tracks are in Mono. I had hoped that all the tracks would be in Mono, because Brian Wilson is deaf in one ear, and when he mastered these tracks, he mastered them in Mono, so you get what Brian wanted you to hear. You really can't beat the pricing on this set. Well worth it! Felton Tom
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