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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars

on 23 June 2014
Having at last gained enough confidence in themselves as writers and producers to take over the duties that Brian Wilson had rejected, the Beach Boys hit the seventies running with a sequence of fantastic sounding albums stuffed with good songs. Though the later songs here are a bit hit and miss, there is still plenty of good material to make this CD a worthwhile purchase. A pleasant surprise for me, as I'd only heard the album version, was hearing the single mix of California Saga: California with its extra instrumental and vocal overdubs.
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on 14 August 2017
Enjoyable album of their later output. Very prompt delivery of CD. Thank you.
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on 17 July 2009
Heresy to most, i know.... but this period of the Beach Boys is a truly wonderful one and in many ways actually surpasses all the hoopla surrounding the Pet Sounds period.

Some fantastic songs here, though there are some exclusions, probably explained by the fact this is a firmly US-centred release. "Lady Lynda" was a massive hit in the UK, but gets neeery a mention here.. nor does the gorgeous Carl Wilson ballad "Full Sail" from the same album - the LA Album.

It contains highlights from some absolutely crucial albums, notably "Sunflower" and "Surfs Up" and the only thing this misses from the period is "The Beach boys Live" which is just so infectiously sing-alongable-to.

The collection shows a band shrugging its collective shoulders as it leaves the 60s behind, rediscovering some critical credibility, but always overshadowed by its own legacy.

"Sail on Sailor" another epic, and a personal favourite, the jaunty "California Saga". But "Surf's Up" is the towering track here, the finest ever moment from Brian Wilson and a song so achingly seeped in melancholy that it stands apart from all but one song in the history of popular music... and that song is Judee Sill's "the Donor".

The UK has a;lways been kind to the Beach Boys, and did keep a sort of faith with the band over this period. Sail on sailors...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 May 2014
The Beach Boys are best known for their surfing and hot rod hits of the Sixties. This wonderful collection takes us beyond those years, into a period where Brian was going through personal difficulties and Carl and Mike took the helm.

This album is a lovingly compiled and well balanced compilation bringing us the very best of those years. There are some terrific compositions here and the harmonies are as fabulous as ever.

I love this album for its depth and quality - it is a joy from beginning to end.
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on 3 November 2000
There are many of us who believe the Beach Boys hit an all-time high with "Pet Sounds" and testimony is in the release finally of the lost album retitled "Smiley Smile" but there are some of us that believe they finished their careers and don't come back with "WIld Honey." In truth, the seventies was interesting for the Beach Boys, but the classic "Lady Lynda" single from the mid 70s is missing here.....why? I ask. This one song brought the warmth back, the group back into the charts, and those old classics were re-released once more. The tragedy is that with the finish of The Beatles in 1970, groups like the Beach Boys seemingly finished in most public's minds as well. All capitol compilations to date seemed to end with "Cottonfields" or "Breakaway" which confirmed the compilers were frightened to go further. "Holland" is superb and there's been others. Please bring back "Lady Lynda" and lets all celebrate!
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on 20 July 2000
The Beach Boys' tenure with their independently-owned Brother label is an often-neglected chapter in their 40-year career. Some of the music they produced during this period is pretty good, especially the selections from SUNFLOWER (1970) to THE BEACH BOYS LOVE YOU (1977). But it was all downhill from then on, as they turned themselves into a dinosaur oldies band minus Brian Wilson, the group's guiding light.
Most of these recordings were new to me when I heard these songs on the North American version of this CD a few months ago. One notable track from this period is "Sail On, Sailor," an underrated BB masterpiece from 1973. Other highlights from the Brother era include "Add Some Music to Your Day" (1970), "The Trader" (1973), "Good Timin'" (1978) and their 1986 cover of the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'."
But it could have been a better compilation if it had included more songs from the 1970s and performances led by Dennis Wilson, instead of padding it with covers of rock 'n' roll standards (e.g. "Rock 'n' Roll Music," "Peggy Sue" and "Come Go With Me"). While they are pleasant additions, they also hint at the band's decline. But this is the only CD where you'll get the edited version of their discofied re-recording of "Here Comes the Night." (The original appears on the WILD HONEY album, and is not to be confused with the Van Morrison song.)
Despite its minor flaws, THE BROTHER YEARS collection succeeds in arguing that the Beach Boys' later years did have some memorable moments. It makes for an ideal companion to the two-CD GREATEST HITS collection, as it contains their more familiar classics.
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on 13 September 2013
I do love this album, although the rating if I was being totally unbiased is about 4.5. Perhaps I would have switched a few of the tracks. Ones to go in would have been, from Sunflower - All I Wanna Do and Forever. Surf's Up tracks missed - Don't Go Near The Water, Feel Flows and Looking At Tomorrow. Carl And The Passions, So Tough could have added You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone and All This Is That. Having said that, from after the Holland album period, the quality is not the same. Tracks I would have excluded would have been - Peggy Sue, Sumahama and although there's nothing wrong with the track, California Dreamin', it's not an original and does appear in many compilations. One track I'm pleased that is included is Here Comes The Night, which as a fellow reviewer mentioned, this is the single version and only appears here. I haven't timed all of the tracks, especially with regard to the "ins and outs" I suggested but if time allowed, I'd also include Full Sail from the LA Light Album. All in all, an excellent album.
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on 3 June 2014
In the uk california saga. Here comes the night and su mahatma were modest hits , lady Lynda massive hit in 1979 is missing but I still love this album because you can here all the 60 s hits all day long on various radio stations so it's great to here songs you don't here that much , it makes a change, so yes give it a go , one star missing for california dreaming don't know why they done it you can't beat the mamas and papas original .
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on 4 August 2013
An excellent compilation/overview of the bands Brother years - a must for any true fan that includes various single (non album) versions.
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