The Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Best of the Brother Years 1970-1986 Original recording remastered
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Once you dig a little deeper(as well as get inside of Pet Sounds)you find that alot of great music was produced in the late 60s,early 70s.GH3 represents the period where the other group members rise to the challenge of creating quality music as Brian Wilson sporadically contributed to sessions.The highlights are the tracks from 1970's criminally underrated Sunflower(Add Some Music To Your Day,Forever) and 1971's classic Surf's Up(Til I Die and the title cut are magical).Sail On,Sailor(from Holland) is an underrated piece of great pop music.Unfortunatly after the freak success of 1974's oldies repackaging Endless Summer,the group descended into a nostalgia act ( although 1977's Loves You was the last album of any great merit).Yet, this collection serves as a reminder that the group was more than the recycled oldies dictate.
As for this compilation, it works better as a supplement for big fans than as a summary for those curious as to what the Beach Boys were up to in this time. It does contain "This Whole World", "Marcella", "Surf's Up", & "Til I Die", however, I agree that out of respect for Dennis Wilson if anything, "Forever" should have been included. As far as using the single mix of "California", it's nice for big fans who already own the album version (the same goes with the other "single" mixes), yet it's in no way preferrable with the group vocals which soar on the album version sounding very muted here. The "Rock & Roll Music" single mix sounds good, but basically the album versions of the songs are totally preferrable. Also entirely noteworthy is that for the 1st time on CD, the drum intro on the brilliant "Honkin' Down the Highway" has been restored. It should be noted as well that "Peggy Sue" was previously in the "wrong mix" on the CD release of the "M.I.U. Album".
Overall, disc 3 & disc 4 of the "Good Vibrations" box give a not quite flawless, but much more enjoyable representation of this era. However, for completists there are some finds here.
The first half (tracks 1 - 11) covers1970 - 1973. This is when they recorded much of their best material. Songs like "Add Some Music To Your Day", "This Whole World", Bruce Johnston's lush "Disney Girls", Brian Wilson's chilling "'Til I Die", Carl's magnum opus "The Trader" and the robust "Sail On Sailor" all could've been bigger hits than they were. "Surf's Up", the title track from their 1971 masterpiece, is the best song here. Starting off with an urgent vocal by Carl, it soon drifts into Brian's 1967 demo of the song, with its eerie piano and Brian's somber vocal.
The second half (tracks 12 - 20) covers 1976 - 86. It starts off with their huge comeback hit, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music". It was good but the Chuck Berry material should have ended with "Surfin' USA" and "Fun, Fun, Fun". The next song, "It's OK", was the single released after "Rock And Roll Music". While it wasn't as big a hit (Billboard # 29), I like it better. It's fun and orginal. "Honkin' Down The Highway" is a great Al Jardine number with a cool drum intro and a nice, spacey intro. The 1978 cover of "Peggy Sue" is surprisingly good. Unlike other covers, they stay in vein with the original recording and they succeed.Read more ›
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There's plenty o' funk in dis joint kiddies! What??? Honkin down da hiway, Add Some Music, This Whole World, Susie Cinncinati. There isn't a bad track on this bad boy. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Dee Dee TeeDee greasy
Love all the Beach Boy songs, needed to get this Beach Boy CD to fill out collection. Enjoy every songPublished on November 22, 2013 by Bobby T.
This CD is great to listen to as some of the songs I have not heard for a long time. It brought back memories as I attended the Beach Boys concert in Melbourne back in August 2012.Published on February 19, 2013 by Ian Wilcox
One reviewer indicated that the songs were not significant hits. For reference, here is the list of songs with their peak position (#) and debut year as singles on the Billboard... Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Roy F. Johnson