Track-by-Track – The Beach Boys/Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)

The Beach Boys/Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (Capitol-1965) The Girl from New York City – Drop the needle on the groove and wait. A wailing sax? Goofy Mike Love bass vocals? Although the ensuing song ends up being pretty catchy, this is not a promising way to start the album. Amusement Parks USA – It’s […]

Track by Track/The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

The Beach Boys/The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (Capitol-1964) Little Saint Nick – It’s pretty much “Little Deuce Coupe.” Then again, have you ever noticed how Garth Brooks’s “Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House” is also pretty much “Little Deuce Coupe?” The Man with All the Toys – Strange and compelling, one of […]

Track by track/The Beach Boys – Shut Down, Vol. II

Shut Down, Vol. II (1964-Capitol) Fun Fun Fun – With new competition from England, this catchy classic suggests a return to form. Note the tinnier, muddier sounding mix and weird stereo though. Don’t Worry, Baby – One of everyone’s favorites. Very much inspired by the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” I love the mix of typical […]

Beach Boys track-by-track/Surfer Girl

Surfer Girl (1963-Capitol) Surfer Girl – The credit “produced by Brian Wilson” appears for the first time on this album, and from the opening fill of this classic harmony-filled ballad it is clear what that means. Surfin’ USA was a much more “perfect” album than Surfin’ Safari, and this is waaay more “perfect” yet. This […]

The Beach Boys Track-by-Track in Chronological Order

Surfin’ Safari (Capitol-1962) Surfin’ Safari – Although it does a fine job at introducing rudimentary version of the Beach Boys’ unique sensibility, “Surfin’ Safari” isn’t a particularly great song. County Fair – This “Palisades Park” rip-off has a hilarious twist ending. Nice sound effects. Ten Little Indians – Way uncool. Chug-a-Lug – Ridiculous doo-wop vocals […]