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The Platinum Collection: Sounds Of Summer Edition [Box set]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B00023XWIW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Get Around (2001 Digital Remaster) (U.S. Version)
2. Don't Worry Baby (2001 Digital Remaster) (Stereo)
3. Surfin' U.S.A. (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. In My Room (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. Little Deuce Coupe (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. Surfer Girl (2001 Digital Remaster) (U.S. Version)
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Disc: 2
1. Good Vibrations (2001 Digital Remaster)
2. California Girls (2001 Stereo Remix)
3. Sloop John B (1996 Digital Remaster)
4. Barbara Ann (2001 Digital Remaster) (U.S. Remaster)
5. God Only Knows (The Stereo Mix) (1996 Digital Remaster)
6. Wouldn't It Be Nice (The Stereo Mix) (2000 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 3
1. Do It Again (Digitally Remastered 04)
2. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (Stereo Single Version) (2001 Digital Remaster)
3. I Can Hear Music (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. Tears In The Morning (2004 Digital Remaster)
5. Sail On, Sailor (Digitally Remastered 02)
6. Disney Girls (Digitally Remastered 04)
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Product Description

The Platinum Collection box set is a compilation featuring 60 of The Beach Boys' best-known tracks on three CDs. It comes packaged in a slipcased multi-pack, housing all three discs, with a detailed booklet featuring extensive sleeve notes and group photos.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I eagerly purchased this CD because AT LAST it looked to supercede all others. It contained the late 60's- early 70's singles (Long Promised Road, Student Demonstration Time etc.) which had been omitted from other compilations.
What I wasn't prepared for and no other reviewers seem so far to have mentioned, was the SOUND! I dug out a previous "best of" and played "Do it Again", then the ORIGINAL vinyl 45 of the same, then (one more time again!) played THIS recording and the piercing, ear splittingly THIN sound was unlistenable beyond a moderately low volume. WHAT a dsappointment!
So yes, at last- all the good stuff on one reasonably priced 3-cd set,but seemingly at the expense of the overall sound. I would be interested to know what others who have several different copies of particular tracks think.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musically the best, spoiled only in the detail 24 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Musically this compilation, which at last puts together all the Beach Boys hits and best known songs from both their surfing days with Capitol and their (slightly) more serious stuff when they left to form their own label Brother, deserves five stars. Even the bad songs were good, and they still sound good today, 30-40 years on.
However, in other areas it's not perfect. Although the post-1969 tracks are scheduled chronologically, with one exception, the Capitol ones are all over the place - I wouldn't mind if there was any logic or theme to it, but there isn't, it's just perverse, and irksome. I also wouldn't mind (as much) if the original recording, release or copyright dates were shown in the booklet tracklisting, but instead only the date of the digital remastering is given, which is useless.
Nearly all the tracks have been remastered. I was surprised to find that half of the Capitol recordings (including "Good Vibrations") are in mono, and, if you're listening on headphones, you'll notice quite a high level of background hiss on a couple of (the lesser) tracks on CD1.
The essay in the booklet is quite general and very sycophantic; I would certainly not call it extensive. My scant knowledge of the Beach Boys, beyond remembering their hits from the 60s, has not been improved.
So you see that EMI have tried their hardest to spoil an excellent collection, and it gets one star docked for their trouble. It comes in the old-style double CD jewel case, without a slipcase (which is no loss, actually). If you browse the shops or the Amazon listings, you will see there is no shortage of Beach Boys "Best ofs"; this one is definitely the best and well worth the extra few bob, despite my niggles!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive triple CD 1 Jun 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There have been many Beach Boys compilations - single CD's, double CD's and boxed sets. I cannot recall a Beach Boys triple CD compilation previously so this could be the first. Such a compilation may be too much for some casual fans but it does mean that there is room for every hit, however minor, together with a few choice album tracks. I notice that no tracks are included from their album of duets with country stars (Stars and stripes) although this does not surprise me - still, it would have nice to see one track here. Their UK hit duets with the Fat Boys (Wipe out) and Status Quo (Fun fun fun) are here. Most of the tracks are from their peak years in the sixties but all the essential later tracks are here.
So many of their songs are well known, and not just to those who were raised on this music, but to people of all ages. Part of the reason may be that surf music is inextricably linked with the sixties - you won't find any modern equivalent. Here you get the classic songs they wrote themselves - California girls, Fun fun fun, Good vibrations, Little deuce coupe, God only knows, Darlin', I get around and Wouldn't it be nice to name just a few - together with songs that they covered in their own unique way - Do you wanna dance, Then I kissed her, Sloop John B and Cotton fields. Though they weren't UK hits, it's great to see Beach Boys classics such as Don't worry baby, In my room, Little Honda, Little deuce coup, Wendy, All summer long, and Warmth of the sun all included. The classic Pet souds album is also well-represented.
I don't mind whether compilations are presented chronologically or not but it can be confusing when (as here) the order is approximately chronological.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have one... 27 Jun 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Beach Boys greatest hits albums will be released until the end of time- since the 1970s there have been a mass of best-ofs' and box-sets - all of which suggest that Brian Wilson is the genius frequently suggested. There aren't many other artists who have been this brilliant or consistent - though certain periods from Chic, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Prince, XTC & Phil Spector may come to mind - Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys are the one. Amazing that with their messy lives and problems such wonder was created...
If you haven't got a Beach Boys best of, this will do as much as any previous one, and every home should have one. If you're a hardcore Beach Boys fan, you'll note that all the usual suspects are here, and a mass of skippable commercial selections that irritate you profoudly!
The first-disc is faultless and really needs no introduction - 'In My Room', 'Please Let Me Wonder', the JFK-elegy 'The Warmth of the Sun','Surfer Girl','Don't Worry Baby', 'All Summer Long', 'Surfin USA' etc - a perfect representation of their early surf-anthems. The second-disc is even more wonderful, despite a curious running-sequence ('Good Vibes' before the 'Pet Sounds' material), the presence of 'You Still Believe In Me' (a great song, but why this from 'Pet Sounds' & not 'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times' or 'Don't Talk'?) is odd and the end-section including the lacklustre 'Bluebirds Over the Mountain', 'Breakaway' & an unnecessary medley. But balance that against such joys as 'God Only Knows', 'Good Vibes','Heroes & Villains', 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'The Little Girl I Once Knew', 'Caroline No', 'Darlin','Wild Honey', 'You're So Good To Me' etc and it is hard to gripe!
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cd as described,thanks
Published 1 month ago by mark anthony pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's a beach
Surfing gold.
Published 1 month ago by James Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and probably all the hit songs that an ...
Excellent value and probably all the hit songs that an old fan needs in his or her collection or a basic starter for a new fan.
Published 1 month ago by M. P. Swerdlow
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beach Boys The Platinum Collection: Sounds Of Summer Edition
What a great album which I purchased to replace some old LP's that I had given away some years ago
Published 7 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete set
Massive collection of Beach Boys hits including Wild Honey and Heroes and Villains, two lesser known hits that are fine examples of their harmonies
Published 16 months ago by David Shute
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Published 16 months ago by gumpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
Great. I bought it as a present. If you like the Beach Boys then this is the one to get. Not much of the ones you haven't heard of thank goodness
Published 20 months ago by wizzkid
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of Yesteryear
Evoked memories of happy teenage years, happy holidays and going dancing and young love - such a brilliant group such a shame they are suffereing from disharmony now
Published 21 months ago by Ms. J. Hobbins
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost The 'best of'
Having been a Beach Boys fan for longer than I can remember, I wasn't in any need of a collection of any sort - I bought this for a friend who had recently become interested in the... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by pineman
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