Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.
All Summer Long is highly recommended and Brian's first peak. These 7 songs listed here are ESSENTIAL listening.
We'll Run Away
Girls On The Beach
Don't Back Down
All Dressed Up For School
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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Love this Band, always have always will since I bought my first 8-Track version of Endless Summer. And the list grow from there. Going strong 50 + years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rick Carroll
I had 2 reasons for buying this. First, a while ago I bought some remastered Beach Boys CD's --- Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, Warmth of the Sun, and Pet... Read morePublished 4 months ago by From the Musician's Pen