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The Beach Boys On CD: Vol 1 - 1961-1969 Kindle Edition
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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!
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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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.