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"Summer Days (And Summer Nights)" (mono/stereo)
on 2 November 2012
Beach Boys front man Brian Wilson was (like his producer mentor Phil Spector) a mono fiend which might be explained by his suffering hearing loss at an early age in one of his ears. I have the original 1965 Capitol album release in fake stereo. It was therefore quite a listening experience to at long last revel in the real stereo mixes. The hit single "California Girls" is stunning. Other stereophonic highlights are the UK only hit "Then I Kissed Her" (with superb vocals from Al Jardine!), "Let Him Run Wild" and "You're So Good To Me" (with a rare non-falsetto lead vocal by Brian!) It is a true mystery why Capitol Records has waited over 40 years to finally give Beach Boys fans the real thing! The other tracks also sound really good in stereo. The only slight disappointment is the US chart topper "Help Me, Rhonda" which is almost equally enjoyable in mono. And for all you stereo buffs, don't miss out on other brilliant rereleases in (mono/)stereo by this superb group!