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The Beach Boys On CD: Vol 1 - 1961-1969 by [Hickey, Andrew]
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I stumbled on this little book while looking for some kindle format Beach Boys books to take on holiday.

I'm a long time fan of the group (well Brian mainly) and I found it an immensely readable account of each released Beach Boys song from 1962-69 (dealt with in CD-reissue order). There are thoughts on the musical ideas, arrangements, chords and compositional structure as well as some session titbits (and lots of added opinions!)

It's not a blow-by-blow account of every session, musician used or action by the band - It's just the story told through the released music (and it's all the better for it!). It does what good books about music should always try to do - it makes you go back to the original records themselves and appreciate and understand them a little bit more. It's also fun to agree, disagree and ponder along with the author (I loved the obvious but often overlooked Lennon comparisons)

As an added bonus, it was an unexpected joy to do all this in a nice and relaxed ebook format (at a great price!) rather than frantically clicking your way through a hundred blogs and garish internet forums.

I loved it!
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Anyone, who like this author, cites Smiley Smile (and Love You) as amongst their favourite all time Beach Boys records just has to be taken note of. In similar fashion to this writer, although I'm a little older than him, I've loved the music of the Beach Boys throughout my life and I can easily relate to each CD as it is expertly broken down song by song. This book deals with more than the hits. That is, those that everyone is familiar with and cleverly explains how Brian Wilson would use some of his musical ideas in his songs on more than one occasion. It's a great little read but you really have to be a huge fan or else it might come across as over the top to a casual (or newcomer) fan of Beach Boys music. I'm already looking forward to volumes 2 and 3.
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I always really enjoy books that are highly opinionated, and this is one of them. The author is very passionate and knowledgable about his subject, and despite often finding myself disagreeing with him, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. One Amazon reviewer seemed to take umbrage at the fact that some songs were given little space compared to others, but jeez, how much is there to say about Ten Little Indians or Denny's Drums?

At the end of the day, this track by track guide made me want to listen to The Beach Boys songs as I read about them, and with the amazing Made In California box set out this week, this book is an ideal companion piece.
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Will make you go back to your BB CD's and listen afresh.
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HASH(0x93a7ef54) out of 5 stars A must have for any Beach Boys enthusiast! 18 May 2012
By Amy Kaptsenel - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read this through probably a half-dozen times already and find the information within to be endlessly fascinating. I have yet to find another book that goes into the level of detail about each individual track that Andrew Hickey provides in this tome and reading along with the music enhances the experience exponentially. It's on my shortlist of recommended reading for any Beach Boys enthusiast!!
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HASH(0x93a7efa8) out of 5 stars In-depth Analysis of the music of the Beach Boys 14 Mar. 2012
By Johnny Von Roadblock - Published on Amazon.com
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As an amateur musician and composer, I enjoyed this book for its analysis of the music. Many books on the Beach Boys (and other groups) focus on the personal lives and history of the group at the expense of the music itself. If you want the perspective of musical analysis, then you must read this book! I found the author's explanation of the sources and influences of Brian Wilson's compositions well researched. After reading Andrew's book, I listened again to the Beach Boys to hear these influences as well as the new innovations that Brian Wilson brought to popular music. I even hear a little bit of "Louie Louie" sprinkled here and there! It was like hearing them for the first time! It also made me realize that the BB's real strength was in their vocal arrangements more so than the instruments, something that is overlooked by other analysis of the BB's and it is what made them so unique at the time. I sang in barbershop quartets in high school and really hear this in their music.
Great book!
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HASH(0x93b622a0) out of 5 stars A Must Read ! 6 May 2011
By Dr. Ron Grassi - Published on Amazon.com
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Another MUST READ for any serious & scientific fan of The Boy's & Brian. Great overview for the casual and newbie fans as well. I grew up through all of this music " in real time ". This publication supplemented my education and appreciation of Brian, The Boy's and their music. Will now listen just a little bit differently with an added dimension. Thank you so much for this contribution to musical appreciation and historical archives. Love that "Pet Soundish" cover art. Look forward to Vol 2 ! Dr Ron Grassi. Chiropractic Physician. Jupiter, Fl.USA.
HASH(0x93b627c8) out of 5 stars Lightweight and Pointless if you have the actual CD Liner Notes. 13 Feb. 2016
By Rob G. - Published on Amazon.com
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With a catalog that is starting to resemble Elvis Presley's in terms of alternate mixes, remixes, unreleased tracks, session material, etc., I assumed a book with a title like The Beach Boys on CD might be a guide to sorting the mess out. Unfortunately it is not. After the initial disappointment, I read with an open mind, but there just isn't much here that I hadn't already seen, aside from the author's critical option.

This book mirrors the commonly available two-fer CD releases of the Beach Boys albums and basically runs down the contents of every disc. There's not a whole lot of actual information for each song aside from who wrote it, sometimes who played on it and the author's take on it. Might I add the author is a non-driving Brit who doesn't understand car references? I only mention it because he mentions it...often. He also speculates on which songs he thinks he could have written. Maybe he's right, but I really don't care. I'm pretty sure this book was supposed to be about the Beach Boys, but Mr. Hickey can't resist inserting himself in the picture for some reason.

Considering the CDs all have pretty good liner notes, there really isn't much reason for this book to exist unless you're really into finding out what Andrew Hickey thinks about various Beach Boys songs, and he doesn't even go into much detail there either, at least not until the Pet Sounds era and forward. Because critical opinion is a dime a dozen on the web and there isn't even any particularly new insight here, I'd say this book is a solid pass.
HASH(0x93b62084) out of 5 stars Super opinionated, amateurishly written 18 Nov. 2015
By jim hintze - Published on Amazon.com
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Super opinionated, amateurishly written, and i got tired of all the "Nashville numbering system" breakdowns of all the songs, i doubt that anyone, even other musicians (i am one) really care about whether it was standard 1/3/5 chart, or something more exotic, we all get that BW is a highly inventive writer, and loves to change keys, and use countermelodies, etc. Besides disagreeing with many of his opinions, i grew weary of the many, many hyperbolic superlatives, "possibly the most gorgeous song ever written," and other descriptions much the same. Last, i was hoping for a lot more info on the actual recording of the songs, who played and sang what, who engineered, etc. there was not much in the way of detailed info, it was mostly about the author's feelings about each song.
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