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Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

May 29th, 2003

1961 in Hawthorne, CA


Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s


The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys


Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, the Beach Boys finally emerged by 1966 as America's preeminent pop group, the only act able to challenge (for a brief time) the overarching success of the Beatles with both mainstream listeners and the critical community. From their 1961 debut with the regional hit "Surfin," the three Wilson brothers — Brian, Dennis, and Carl — plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine constructed the most intricate, gorgeous harmonies ever heard from a pop band. With Brian's studio proficiency growing by leaps and bounds during the mid-'60s, the Beach Boys also proved one of the best-produced groups of the '60s, exemplified by their 1966 peak with the Pet Sounds LP and the number one single "Good Vibrations." Though Brian's escalating drug use and obsessive desire to trump the Beatles (by recording the perfect LP statement) eventually led to a nervous breakdown after he heard Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the group soldiered on long into the '70s and '80s, with Brian only an inconsistent participant. The band's post-1966 material is often maligned (if it's recognized at all), but the truth is the Beach Boys continued to make great music well into the '70s. Displayed best on 1970's Sunflower, each member revealed individual talents never fully developed during the mid-'60s — Carl became a solid, distinctive producer and Brian's replacement as nominal bandleader, Mike continued to provide a visual focus as the frontman for live shows, and Dennis developed his own notable songwriting talents. Though legal wranglings and marginal oldies tours during the '90s often obscured what made the Beach Boys great, the band's unerring ability to surf the waves of commercial success and artistic development during the '60s made them America's first, best rock band.

Top Albums

Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys
1. Sounds of Su..
The Beach Boys: 20 Good Vibrations - The Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, The Beach Boys
2. The Beach Bo..
Pet Sounds (Mono / Stereo), The Beach Boys
3. Pet Sounds (..
Endless Summer, The Beach Boys
4. Endless Summ..
Pet Sounds (40th Anniversary), The Beach Boys
5. Pet Sounds (..
The Smile Sessions, The Beach Boys
6. The Smile Se..
Christmas With the Beach Boys, The Beach Boys
7. Christmas Wi..
The Beach Boys Classics (Selected by Brian Wilson), The Beach Boys
8. The Beach Bo..
The Beach Boys: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, The Beach Boys
9. The Beach Bo..
Sunflower / Surf's Up, The Beach Boys
10. Sunflower / ..
Smiley Smile / Wild Honey, The Beach Boys
11. Smiley Smile..
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, The Beach Boys
12. The Beach Bo..
Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long (Remastered), The Beach Boys
13. Little Deuce..
Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys
14. Today!/Summe..
The Beach Boys Concert / Live in London, The Beach Boys
15. The Beach Bo..
Friends / 20/20, The Beach Boys
16. Friends / 20..
10 Great Songs, The Beach Boys
17. 10 Great Son..
Still Cruisin', The Beach Boys
18. Still Cruisi..
Surfer Girl / Shut Down, Vol.2 (Remastered), The Beach Boys
19. Surfer Girl ..
Beach Boys' Party! / Stack-O-Tracks, The Beach Boys
20. Beach Boys' ..

Top Songs

KokomoCocktail (Original Soundtra..3:35$0.99
Wouldn't It Be NiceSounds of Summer - The Very..2:33$1.29
Good VibrationsSounds of Summer - The Very..3:37$1.29
Don't Worry BabySounds of Summer - The Very..2:49$1.29
Surfin' USASounds of Summer - The Very..2:28$1.29
California GirlsSounds of Summer - The Very..2:46$1.29
Fun, Fun, FunSounds of Summer - The Very..2:21$1.29
I Get AroundSounds of Summer - The Very..2:14$1.29
Barbara AnnSounds of Summer - The Very..2:13$1.29
God Only KnowsSounds of Summer - The Very..2:53$1.29
Sloop John B.Sounds of Summer - The Very..2:59$1.29
Surfer GirlSounds of Summer - The Very..2:29$1.29
Surfin SafariSounds of Summer - The Very..2:07$1.29
Help Me, RhondaSounds of Summer - The Very..2:47$1.29
Good VibrationsBeach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..3:37$1.29
Wouldn't It Be NiceBeach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..2:24$1.29
In My RoomSounds of Summer - The Very..2:14$1.29
Little Deuce CoupeSounds of Summer - The Very..1:41$1.29
Surfin' U.S.A.Beach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..2:28$1.29
409Beach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..2:00$1.29
I Get AroundBeach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..2:14$1.29
I Can Hear MusicSounds of Summer - The Very..2:39$1.29
God Only Knows (Stereo Version)Pet Sounds (Mono / Stereo)2:54$1.29
Dance, Dance, DanceSounds of Summer - The Very..2:03$1.29
Califonria GirlsBeach Boys: 20 Good Vibrati..2:45$1.29

Top Music Videos

Medley: Surfer Girl / Wouldn't It Be Nice / Good Vibrations (Live At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards), The Beach Boys, Maroon 5 & Foster the People
1. Medley: Surfer..
I Get Around (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1964), The Beach Boys
2. I Get Around (..
Good Vibrations (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1968), The Beach Boys
3. Good Vibration..
Surfin’ U.S.A., The Beach Boys
4. Surfin’ U.S...
Do It Again (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1968), The Beach Boys
5. Do It Again (E..
California Girls (Live), The Beach Boys
6. California Gir..
Wendy (Ed Sullivan Show/Stereo/Live/1964), The Beach Boys
7. Wendy (Ed Sull..
I Get Around, The Beach Boys
8. I Get Around
Dance, Dance, Dance, The Beach Boys
9. Dance, Dance, ..
Surfin' USA (Live), The Beach Boys
10. Surfin' USA (L..
God Only Knows (Live), The Beach Boys
11. God Only Knows..
Sloop John B (Remastered), The Beach Boys
12. Sloop John B (..
I Get Around (Live), The Beach Boys
13. I Get Around (..
Good Vibrations (Live), The Beach Boys
14. Good Vibration..
Pet Sounds (Remastered), The Beach Boys
15. Pet Sounds (Re..


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