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Today! / Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B00005A1N2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Wanna Dance? (2001 Digital Remaster) (U.S. Version) (Mono)
2. Good To My Baby (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
3. Don't Hurt My Little Sister (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
4. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono) (U.S. Version)
5. Help Me, Rhonda (2001 Digital Remaster: Mono)
6. Dance, Dance, Dance (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
7. Please Let Me Wonder (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
8. I'm So Young (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
9. Kiss Me, Baby (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
10. She Knows Me Too Well (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
11. In The Back Of My Mind (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
12. Bull Session With "Big Daddy" (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
13. The Girl From New York City (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
14. Amusement Parks U.S.A. (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
15. Then I Kissed Her (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
16. Salt Lake City (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
17. Girl Don't Tell Me (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
18. Help Me, Rhonda (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
19. California Girls (2001 Stereo Remix)
20. Let Him Run Wild (2001 Digital Remaster) (Mono)
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(2001/CAPITOL) 29 tracks - 24bit mastering - 24 page booklet.Medium 1
  1. Do You Wanna Dance
  2. Good To My Baby
  3. Don't Hurt My Little Sister
  4. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
Medium 2
  1. Dance, Dance, Dance
  2. Please Let Me Wonder
  3. I'm So Young
  4. Kiss Me Baby
  5. She Knows Me Too Well
  6. In The Back Of My Mind
  7. Bull Sessions With 'Big Daddy'
  8. The Girl From New York City
  9. Amusement Parks U.S.A.
  10. Then I Kissed Her
  11. Salt Lake City
  12. Girl Don't Tell Me
  13. Help Me, Rhonda (single record vers.)
  14. California Girls
  15. Let Him Run Wild
  16. You're So Good To Me
  17. Summer Means New Love
  18. I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man
  19. And Your Dreams Come True
  20. The Little Girl I Once Knew (single)
  21. Dance, Dance, Dance (alt. take)
  22. I'm So Young (alt. take)
  23. Let Him Run Wild (alt. take)
  24. Graduation Day (studio vers.)

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This single disc gathers two Beach Boys albums--Today! and Summer Days and Summer Nights--with the addition of remastering and bonus tracks. When Brian Wilson finally summoned up the courage to confront his musically interfering father (the bands' early benefactor Murray Wilson) during the sessions for the Today! album, it could hardly be termed a rite of passage. Brian had always been in charge of his music, less so of himself. Thus, it's hard to believe that the gloriously realised, tender suite of songs ("Please Let Me Wonder" to "In the Back of My Mind") which occupy the second side of Today!--the exquisite semi-orchestral arrangements, the caramel harmonies and the lyrics which dwell on the dreamy, soul-searching solitaire of adolescence--are actually the work of a wobbly, self-doubting recluse recovering from a mental breakdown. But here it is--undiminished by time--the symphonic template for Pet Sounds. Summer Days and Summer Nights, meanwhile, is livelier and sunnier. Carl Wilson makes his vocal debut (what took so long?) on the Beatles-do-Dylan inspired pop strum of "Girl Don't Tell Me", there's the cheesy pseudo surf of "Amusement Parks USA" (a hit in Japan) and some other numbers called "Help Me Rhonda" and "California Girls" which will still be around on the airwaves long after global warming has made the sea levels rise to wash all the beaches away. Similarly indispensable, the bonus tracks include the ground-breaking stop-start of "The Little Girl I Once Knew" (Brian's first "pocket symphony") and a terrific, twangy-guitar demo take of "Dance Dance Dance". --Kevin Maidment

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson's Pre-'Pet Sounds' Genius 30 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
After 'Pet Sounds' I would say that these two albums are the best of the Beach Boys output. Much on both hints at what was to come on 'Pet Sounds' with, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful of all Beach Boys tunes on show.
Aside from the seven top 40 hits here, there are the wonderful 'Please Let Me Wonder', 'Let Him Run Wild' and 'In the Back of My Mind'. The instrumental 'Summer Means New Love' is just perfect whilst the a cappella 'And Your Dreams Come True' is an absolute jaw-dropper - honestly, you will just die when you hear it! Bonus track 'The Little Girl I Once Knew' is one of the greatest Beach Boys songs ever and 'Graduation Day' is High School nostalgia bound to make any American child of the fifties smile inside at the thought of proms and cheerleaders and all those American High School things we Brits learn about from American teen movies.
Should be purchased with, or immediately after 'Pet Sounds', preferably alongside 'Friends/20-20' and 'Sunflower/Surf's Up'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive move. 11 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Beach Boys Today is a wonderful album, and the first album to be significant as a whole. The first half is full of perfectly-crafted, upbeat material while the second half is full of lovely, moving ballads with outstanding orchestration. "Kiss Me Baby," "She Knows Me Too Well," and "In the Back of My Mind" are particularly impressive, as is the early version of "Help Me Ronda." This album is arguably the finest by the Beach Boys, perfectly setting the stage for the legendary Pet Sounds.
Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) finds Brian with a more comfortable, casual approach in his craft, and the album consists of a handful of great tunes, such as "California Girls," "You're So Good To Me," and the beautiful instrumental "Summer Means New Love." Most of the rest, however, are half-baked filler, but not without decent fun.
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Apart from two or three awful and cheesy party type fillers on here, "I'm Bugged" & "Amusement Park USA" etc (which were probably demanded by Mike Love so as to dilute what he saw as the drug fueled creativity of Brian emerging as the sole talent) this is a seminal release of Brian maturing genius. If you want to find the developing baroque eccentricity of Brian's compositional style then having a copy of these two albums are a must. Highlights include "Let Him Run Wild", California Girls" and "Your So God To Me" including countless others.

What I simply cannot understand from other reviewers is why they failed to mention "Let Him Run Wild" which, for me anyway, is an absolutely astonishing '60s psychedelic masterpiece very foretelling of "Pet Sounds"

Anyway, this is my favourite album coupled with "Pet Sounds" with which to drive through the Devon lanes on the way to the beach. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great mid sixties albums 9 Mar 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This twofer covers the period leading up to Pet sounds. Some of the tracks were cut in 1964 but most date from 1965. Do you wanna dance was the first big hit of the period. It a rock’n’roll classic that Brits first heard when Cliff Richard had a hit with it, but it was originally an American hit for Bobby Freeman. Another cover hit was Then I kissed her, an adaptation of the Crystals’ Then he kissed me.
Original songs yielded four American A-side hits, these being When I grow up, Help me Rhonda (a number one), California girls (one of their most famous songs) and The little girl I once knew.
I could have done without Bull session with the Big Daddy – it is just the Beach boys and a journalist chatting to each other. This sort of thing is fine for liner notes, but I don’t want it on a CD. Still, its only one track and can easily be skipped.
Alternate recordings are included of some songs. Perhaps the most interesting is the original Help me Ronda (note the spelling of Ronda) which appeared on the Today album. It was substantially changed musically before being released as the single Help me Rhonda (with the spelling change also) – that version was included on the Summer days album.
All the other tracks are typical Beach boys music of the period - two classic albums from one of the most important sixties groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mid-60s pop music 15 Aug 2014
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The decision by Capitol records to re-package many of the Beach Boys classic albums in this 'double header' format is inspired. 'Today' (the earlier of these 2 releases) is, for me, the more interesting of the pair - quite simply, the overall standard is higher and Brian Wilson was able to expand his musical horizons beyond the usual surf and sun themes which dominate the first half dozen BB albums. Having said that, there are enough familiar tracks listed amongst the 24 titles on the 2 original albums to more than hold the attention here and the 5 Bonus tracks definitely add some spice to the mix. If you haven't got the likes of 'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)', 'California Girls', 'You're So Good To Me' and the fabulous 'stop/start' single 'The Little Girl I Once Knew' ~ fear not, they're all here! This is a superb release and I heartily recommend it to Beach Boys fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Means New Love 6 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Beach Boys may seem to continue to be an irrelevance to the lives of the majority of the music loving population, but these two albums are diamond. I feel sorry for the people who don't buy this. Two albums that immediately preceeded 'Pet Sounds', and many highlights are here. The glorious ballads on 'Beach Boys Today' such as 'Kiss Me Baby' and 'Please Let Me Wonder'. The Dennis sung 'In The Back Of My Mind' with sweet orchestration. 'Summer Days And Nights...' is the lesser of the two albums, but only slightly. It contains the evergreen 'California Girls' but the real highlight is the underrated rocker 'Salt Lake City' which really does give meaning to 'wall of sound'. In short, superb.
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I like anything by the beach boys. and this makes my collection complete, including 'smile'. what more can I say.
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One of the best BBs albums, with one of the worst tracks.

Basically two sided in its feel,with many songs leading up to Pet Sounds in their subject matter and feel.
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A nice selection of early 'Boys beach and surf harmonic joy. Cars, girls and bein' bugged at your old man.... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fav Two-fer of the set.
This album from the energetic cover of 'Do you Wanna Dance' to the more know 'Calafornia Girls' is amazing. Listening to the well known harmonies send your mind into overdrive. Read more
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This twin album highlights how difficult it is to keep the standards up when you're having to record one album at least every six months. Read more
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