The Beach Boys

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys

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A five-CD box set, containing a whopping 142 tracks and covering the group's entire career, that manages to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. True, all of the key hits and most of their finest album tracks are here. The group's decline after 1966 -- and very sharp decline after 1970 -- is inescapable, and even though most of the material here is from the 1960s, the fourth disc especially (spanning the early '70s to the late '80s) is very rough sailing indeed. It's true that about 50 of these tracks are previously unreleased, but be warned that many of them are demos, backing tracks, and alternate versions of well-known songs that aren't a great deal different from the officially released versions. Also, some of the unreleased "tracks" are radio spots. That's not to say that these rare items aren't interesting for the fan; they are. It's just that it's too overwhelming a package for the nonfanatic, and a rather expensive, spotty one for the devoted fan (who will undoubtedly already have at least half the contents). By far, the most interesting unreleased tracks date from the legendary Smile sessions (nearly an album's worth). Never actually completed, they aren't quite the masterpiece that some have claimed, but are extremely interesting, often beautiful excursions into psychedelic production and songwriting that often resemble sound paintings more than songs. Comes with a 60-page booklet by Beach Boy historian David Leaf.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:49 Amazon
2 0:31 Amazon
3 1:31 Amazon
4 2:28 Amazon
5 2:35 Amazon
6 2:16 Amazon
7
2:09
8 1:52
9 2:29 Amazon
10 1:51
11 2:26
12 1:48 Amazon
13 2:15
14 2:18 Amazon
15 2:18 Amazon
16 2:07
17 2:20 Amazon
18 1:59
19 2:27 Amazon
20 2:19
21 2:49 Amazon
22 2:08 Amazon
23 2:50 Amazon
24 2:13 Amazon
25 2:07 Amazon
26 1:51 Amazon
27 2:20
28 1:53 Amazon
29 2:17 Amazon
30 2:01 Amazon
31 1:59 Amazon
32 2:45 Amazon
33 2:28 Amazon
34
1:03 Amazon
35 3:56

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:37
2 2:47 Amazon
3 2:15 Amazon
4 1:06 Amazon
5 2:37 Amazon
6 2:04 Amazon
7 2:10 Amazon
8 0:10
9 2:57 Amazon
10 2:23 Amazon
11 2:30 Amazon
12 2:49 Amazon
13 3:13
14 3:12 Amazon
15 2:22 Amazon
16 2:52 Amazon
17 3:38
18 1:07 Amazon
19 2:56 Amazon
20 6:40 Amazon
21 2:02 Amazon
22 3:33
23 2:32 Amazon
24 0:35 Amazon
25 4:00 Amazon
26 3:29 Amazon
27 1:34 Amazon
28 3:38 Amazon
29 2:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:38 Amazon
2 2:12 Amazon
3 2:37 Amazon
4 2:21 Amazon
5 3:51
6 1:12 Amazon
7 0:40 Amazon
8 2:31 Amazon
9 1:58 Amazon
10 3:04
11 2:28 Amazon
12 2:38 Amazon
13 1:38 Amazon
14 2:43 Amazon
15 2:56 Amazon
16 3:03 Amazon
17 2:26 Amazon
18 2:01 Amazon
19 2:20 Amazon
20 1:57 Amazon
21 3:33
22 2:41 Amazon
23 2:38 Amazon
24 2:30 Amazon
25 2:44 Amazon
26 3:27 Amazon
27 4:08 Amazon
28 4:13 Amazon
29 2:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:19 Amazon
2 3:20 Amazon
3 5:04 Amazon
4 4:10 Amazon
5 4:05 Amazon
6 3:26 Amazon
7 3:52 Amazon
8 3:59 Amazon
9 2:28
10 2:11 Amazon
11 1:44 Amazon
12 2:15 Amazon
13 2:50 Amazon
14 3:26 Amazon
15 1:59 Amazon
16 2:15 Amazon
17 2:35 Amazon
18 3:04 Amazon
19 2:03 Amazon
20 2:33 Amazon
21 3:18 Amazon
22 2:11 Amazon
23 3:03 Amazon
24 3:02 Amazon
25 3:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:33
2
0:09 Amazon
3 2:19 Amazon
4
0:15 Amazon
5 2:12 Amazon
6 6:40
7 9:14 Amazon
8 15:18
9 0:47 Amazon
10 3:59
11 1:40 Amazon
12
0:06 Amazon
13 2:12 Amazon
14 2:27
15 2:42
16 2:19 Amazon
17 2:43 Amazon
18 2:34
19
0:11 Amazon
20
3:15 Amazon
21 2:52
22 2:29
23 5:14
24 2:18
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