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The Island Years
The Island Years
Price: £157.75

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine tribute, 1 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Island Years (Audio CD)
Terrific package that every fan will doubtless covet. I've only just started wading through this glorious package ... the book is beautifully presented and riveting, what I've played of the audio thus far is superb. Looking forward to many many more hour of bliss before I emerge at the other end. The compilers have done an incredible job - I hope someone with a similar love of the music and the big man might one day tackle his disparate non-Island years.

Surfin' Safari - Mono & Duophonic Edition
Surfin' Safari - Mono & Duophonic Edition
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.08

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky cash-in, fake stereo, 8 Jan 2013
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Now that the copyright on these 50-year-old recordings has expired, Surfin' Safari is enjoying a free-for-all in terms of re-issues. Multiple digital download versions have been available for a while, and this is the second of two physical re-issues that I'm aware of; the other appears to be a straight mono but this is the more promising, appearing to offer mono and stereo mixes on separate discs.

A stereo re-issue of Surfin' Safari should be interesting - the album's never been issued in stereo, though back in 1962 it was released as a duophonic album, whereby the mono track is duplicated in each channel with a barely discernible delay in one channel to give the impression of stereo. And, sadly, that's what you get here: not stereo, as the slipcase text claims, but duophonic. Interesting for fans who don't own the original '62 vinyl then, but hardly essential.

The duophonic disc is actually the better-sounding of the two, as the mono disc 1 appears to my ears to be a needle-drop (recording of a vinyl disc being played real-time) - it's muddy, and you can hear what I assume is surface noise. The duophonic tracks seem beefier by comparison, less muddy and a tad clearer, and the last album track, The Shift, features a curious drumroll a few seconds after the track's ended. There's also a bonus non-album track, Luau, possibly a needle-drop of one of the thousands of budget releases of their pre-Capitol Records sessions which have been kicking around almost as long as The Beach Boys themselves.

Why the release is spread across two CDs is a mystery - at under 25 minutes long, you should be able to fit the album on to one CD three times!

Incidentally it's unlikely there ever will be a true stereo release of Surfin' Safari as most tracks were recorded on three tracks and some might even have been on just one track. Extraction technology might provide a way forward ... but the definitive way forward has to be the 2001 two-fer issue which paired the Surfin' Safari album with the ground-breaking and true stereo Surfin' USA follow-up ( Vital listening, great audio!
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by Jack Lloyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little of interest, 13 May 2011
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Sordid recounting of tour tales by a hanger-on. What's of genuine interest here could be condensed into a few pages and released as a pamphlet. A shame as a different approach by the author might have resulted in a much more enjoyable, entertaining read.

The Centennial Collection
The Centennial Collection
Price: £8.64

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track list, 13 May 2011
Why Amazon doesn't post track lists I can't guess.

Kindhearted Woman Blues
Kindhearted Woman Blues (ALT TAKE)
I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
Sweet Home Chicago
Rambling On My Mind
Rambling On My Mind (ALT TAKE)
When You Got A Good Friend
When You Got A Good Friend (ALT TAKE)
Come On In My Kitchen
Come On In My Kitchen (ALT TAKE)
Terraplane Blues
Phonograph Blues
Phonograph Blues (ALT TAKE)
32-20 Blues
They're Red Hot
Dead Shrimp Blues
Cross Road Blues
Cross Road Blues (ALT TAKE)
Walking Blues
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)
If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
Stones In My Passway
I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
From Four Till Late
Hellhound On My Trail
Little Queen Of Spades
Little Queen Of Spades (ALT TAKE)
Malted Milk
Drunken Hearted Man
Drunken Hearted Man (ALT TAKE)
Me And The Devil Blues
Me And The Devil Blues (ALT TAKE)
Stop Breakin' Down Blues
Stop Breakin' Down Blues (ALT TAKE)
Traveling Riverside Blues
Traveling Riverside Blues (ALT TAKE)
Honeymoon Blues
Love in Vain
Love in Vain (ALT TAKE)
Milkcow's Calf Blues
Milkcow's Calf Blues (ALT TAKE)

Price: £9.35

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a greatest hits package!, 6 Mar 2010
This review is from: Hits (Audio CD)
Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best - and why no-one's thought of this before I can't begin to imagine. This is just what's needed at this moment in the Beach Boys career - a greatest hits package. This kind of product has been sorely lacking in their catalogue. I can't begin to guess what songs will appear (I'm writing this before the release) but it's sure to be a "Must-have", especially for al the hard core fans who probably don't have many, if any, of the tracks here. Whoever thought of releasing this for the benefit of the many who haven't heard these Beach Boys hits should be rewarded. Fantastic, original concept. I still can't get over it - a CD of the Beach Boys hits... still I suppose someone would have come up with eventually.
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