The Beach Boys

Original Gold [2 CD Set]

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The two-disc ORIGINAL GOLD budget import compilation is not the ideal introduction to the Beach Boys for the curious novice--for all its flaws, the GOOD VIBRATIONS box set is still the champ--but ORIGINAL GOLD is a much better collection than one might expect.

Besides all the usual hits, ORIGINAL GOLD contains terrific lesser-known songs from all phases of the band's career, from early gems such as "The Surfer Moon" and "Ten Little Indians," to classic-era masterpieces "Wendy," "Girl Don't Tell Me," and the still-amazing "The Little Girl I Once Knew"--by far the strangest single any major band released in 1965--to underrated late-period singles such as "Getcha Back." There are no rarities, of course, and the packaging is unimaginative at best, but for what it is, ORIGINAL GOLD ain't half bad.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:04
2 2:57
3 3:02
4 1:28
5 3:03
6 3:21
7 2:28
8 2:11
9 2:54
10 4:05
11 2:32
12 1:52
13 2:00
14 2:37
15 3:34
16 2:28
17 2:17
18 2:21
19 3:10
20 2:17
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