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The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of Summer
 
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The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of Summer

29 May 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 May 2003
  • Release Date: 29 May 2003
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:42
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  • ASIN: B001ISCSDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,959 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
On this American compilation, you get the classic songs they wrote themselves - California girls, Fun fun fun, Good vibrations, Little deuce coupe, Help me Rhonda, 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 and Sloop John B.
There have been plenty of compilations of their music down the years and will be many more. Given the number of classic songs they recorded, picking just thirty inevitably means that some great songs get left out. A 30 track compilation released in the UK in 2003 contained 24 of the 30 tracks available here – the other six tracks being Little Honda, Then I kissed her, Caroline no, Break away, Cotton fields and Lady Lynda, instead of Shut down, Be true to your school, In your room, Getcha back, Come go with me and Good timing. Clearly, there isn't a lot to choose between the two, so I recommend that you just buy your local version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Wheadon on 8 April 2009
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I've heard some very ropy Beach Boys albums over the years. Producers often feel the need to stereoify the mono recordings in ways which sometimes have been breathtakingly awful (to the point of making me wonder if my setup's broken and I'l listening to only one channel of the stereo).

That's not the case here. These are the classic Beach Boys tracks as they should be - unmolested, or when they've been processed, processed in a way which is subtle, effective and sympathetic.

If you buy this to ensure your music collection has a sufficient quota of classic Beach Boys stuff, then you won't be disappointed.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 28 Jan 2006
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This is the music your Mum wanted you to listen to - a homage to a materialistic life in the sun, a life of smart cars, pretty girls and milk shakes, with not a hint of politics or protest. "Be True to Your School" sounds like a parody today. Hard to believe, but it was perfectly serious in 1963.
If you have grown up with synthesized and electronic music, you will find it hard to imagine the impact of The Beach Boys' music when it was first released. "Good Vibrations" in particular, created a sensation and a real sense that popular music would not be the same again. There was also considerable unease when it was realized they could not create the same sound live on stage. How times change.
Some listeners have expressed disappointment that not all the tracks have been remastered into stereo versions, but bearing in mind that it was often a deliberate choice to record them in mono originally (the fact that Brian Wilson was deaf in one ear might have had something to do with it), you could argue that it is wrong to rerecord them in stereo. You're hearing what they intended.
Their two main influences, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers, are very obvious in this compilation. It includes a Berry song, "Rock and Roll Music" which I could have done without, but it does help to show where they came from musically. They began as a fusion of hard rock and soft country.
Also obvious is their affinity with The Mamas and the Papas - complex vocal harmonies, a love affair with California, a smooth, tuneful sound. If you like one group, you'll almost certainly like the other. No surprise therefore that this album includes "Kokomo", a late hit co-written with a couple of Papas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lancaster on 23 May 2012
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a CD can hold 79 minutes of music.... whoever has compiled this album has done a fantastic job! The only tracks that SHOULD'VE been included (but are missing) are, off the top of my head, "Cottonfields", "Break Away" and "Lady Lynda". Besides that, this is a great collection AND there is a bonus dvd included with rare performances and promotional video clips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. Bevan on 16 July 2009
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This CD is absolutely brilliant. My husband and I are retired and it takes us back to our youth listening and singing along to it.
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By Amazon Customer on 20 Aug 2013
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What can I say an all time classic.Play this at the beach on a warm sunny evening and its a party
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Kennedy on 17 July 2008
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Truly a fantastic compilation album from one of the greatest and most treasured bands of all time.

The Beach Boys covered so much ground in their music, from girls, cars, heartbreak, romance man it is all here, and of course it ends with 'good vibrations' arguably the greatest song of all time.

'Sounds of summer' truly is a treat to listen to, put it on in the car, at home or best of all during a day out with friends or family and it puts you in a good mood.

I recommend along with this album that you should buy 'the warmth of the sun' kind of it's brother album for the perfect summer package.
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By T Clark on 6 Sep 2014
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Great album from a great Band....all the best from the best.
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