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Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Two #4-charting albums, 28 tracks! Bonus cuts include alternate takes of Little Honda and Don't Back Down.

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Deuce Coupe - Beach Boys
  2. Ballad Of Ole' Betsy - Beach Boys
  3. Be True To Your School - Beach Boys
  4. Car Crazy Cutie - Beach Boys
  5. Cherry, Cherry Coupe - Beach Boys
  6. 409 - Beach Boys
  7. Shut Down - Beach Boys
  8. Spirit Of America - Beach Boys
  9. Our Car Club - Beach Boys
  10. No-Go Showboat - Beach Boys
  11. A Young Man Is Gone - Beach Boys
  12. Custom Machine - Beach Boys
  13. I Get Around - Beach Boys
  14. All Summer Long - Beach Boys
  15. Hushabye - Beach Boys
  16. Little Honda - Beach Boys
  17. We'll Run Away - Beach Boys
  18. Carl's Big Chance - Beach Boys
  19. Wendy - Beach Boys
  20. You Remember? - Beach Boys
  21. Girls On The Beach - Beach Boys
  22. Drive-In - Beach Boys
  23. Our Favorite Recording Se - Beach Boys
  24. Don't Back Down - Beach Boys
  25. True To Your School - Beach Boys
  26. All Dressed Up For School - Beach Boys
  27. Little Honda (Alternate Take)
  28. Don't Back Down (Alternate Take)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005A1MX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beach Boys music wasn't made for the purpose of analysis by 21st century music critics. It was made to dance to, to sing along with, to serve as the soundtrack for your backyard "beach party". It was made for 1963-64.

In 1963-64 these Beach Boys cuts were by far the finest pop music America had to offer. Attempting to critique the merits of these teenage odes to Southern California culture as one would a 2005 CD is pointless. Brian Wilson didn't write these tunes for the critics, and The Beach Boys weren't singing for them.

They were singing for other kids about the things that really mattered in 1963-64: Hotrods, Surfing, School, Drive-ins...and Girls on the Beach!

The fact that radio is still playing these songs 40 years later is proof of their timelessness. Truth is - you can't have summer without them. These songs ARE summer.

You don't need to know all the minutia of which "take" is best, which songs to skip over, and which ones are true art. Just play them all. You don't need a reason to love The Beach Boys.
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The first of 2 albums here, LITTLE DEUCE COUPE, was the Beach Boys' 4th and was issued in October 1963. Almost a song cycle on cars and the people who drive them, the album could be considered the first concept album, before that term even existed. Earlier in the year, Capitol Records issued a "car" compliation (SHUT DOWN) without the Beach Boys' permission and included 4 of their already issued songs on it ("Little Deuce Coupe", "409", "Shut Down", and "Our Car Club"). In retaliation, Brian Wilson, the producer (and only 21) included those 4 songs here to protect the band, not to be cheap. There are many highlights here, the title track, the original version of "Be True To Your School" (the single version appears as a bonus track at the end of this CD), a stunning a cappella version of "A Young Man Is Gone" (using "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring"'s melody), and the complex harmonizings of "No-Go Showboat" and "Custom Machine". The Beach Boys were progressing quickly. ALL SUMMER LONG, the 6th album, was issued in July 1964 (the 5th, SHUT DOWN VOL. 2, was coupled with 1963's SURFER GIRL the 3rd album) and it's evident that Brian Wilson took a quantum leap here. From the opening "I Get Around" (their first # 1 hit) to the closing "Don't Back Down" the album is consistent in its greatness. The songs are brilliant and brilliantly arranged and produced and sung. All of them are winners (the title track, "Little Honda", "Wendy" are major highlights and "Girls On The Beach" is out-of-this-world!). Bonus tracks are quite revealing too. Don't let the disgruntled reviewer, Kevin, change your mind. This CD sounds outstanding and Brian personally authorised them (he wrote notes for each album). You're not just buying music, you're buying a piece of history. Enjoy.
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Little Duece Coupe is the ultimate car concept record and plays great even though a few tracks are a few years old and already released.

All Summer Long is highly recommended and Brian's first peak. These 7 songs listed here are ESSENTIAL listening.

Hushabye

Little Honda

We'll Run Away

Wendy

Girls On The Beach

Don't Back Down

All Dressed Up For School
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For centuries alchemists have fruitlessly sought the philosopher's stone, the elixir of life, when what they should have done is listen to early Beach Boys' albums. The two collected on this CD, 'Little Deuce Coupe' and 'All Summer Long', are surely the purest, most invigorating distillation of testosterone there is, life-affirming hymns to cars, girls, cars, beaches, cars, surfing, cars, and, er, school. I've never really been interested in any of these things, but I recognise the passion and the fantasy, and feel years younger listening to them.
Though essentially innocent, there is a choppy, ear-slicing guitar racket in most of these songs, presumably in imitation of powerful engines, that have the violent energy of punk and later surf-inspired noiseniks.
there is something sweet about five boys singing love songs to automobiles, but something slightly perverse too, especially in 'Ballad of Ol' Betsy', where a tribute to a knackered car sounds like an elegy to an aging, sexually experienced woman, reminding me of Flann O'Brien's 'The Third Policeman' (about a bicycle), edging on to the world of Ballard and Cronenberg.
The emphasis is on short sharp spurts of spirited exuberance, but there are grace notes: the warm lush tingle of 'Hushabye', the kind of enveloping lullaby that makes you want to wrap up in it all night; the late-50s pastiche ballad 'We'll Run Away'; the sun-lazy rapture of 'Girls on the beach'; the gloriously seedy 'All dressed up for school'; the mysterious 'Wendy', complete with eerie organ break; the hushed a capella 'A young man is gone', apparently a tribute to James Dean, poised between tragedy and comedy.
Best of all, though, is one of pop's beacons: 'I Get Around', its miraculous circular vocals, propulsive movement, weird verse breaks and general exhiliration embodying youthful masculinity in all its zest, good faith, and, well, strangeness.
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These two albums has got to be the best work the Beach Boys did in the early sixties. It contains music by genius Brian Wilson that no other band has ever done. I would sincwerly go out and by these two albums on one CD. It is cheaper and the bonus tracks on it are brilliant. I would give these two albums 10/10.
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