The Beach Boys


Composed by Dennis Wilson / Greg Jacobson

Song Review by

Easily one of the standouts on the Sunflower album, "Forever" is sort of a capper on Dennis Wilson's unexpected burst of creativity during the 1968-1969 period. A lovely, effervescent melody frames his soulful vocal and lyrics, which are as an accurate description on everlasting love and faithfulness as one could ever want to hear. There is a timeless quality to the whole piece, which is not unlike some of the more refined Elton John/Bernie Taupin ballads that would dominate the pop charts later in the 1970s. The unfortunate timing of the Charles Manson murders during this period sadly took some air out of Dennis' creative drive, yet this is still one of the greatest examples of his artistry. An excellent alternate version is now available on the 2001 Hawthorne, CA collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sunflower 1970 Capitol
No Image 1983 EMI Music Distribution
Summer in Paradise 1992 Brother Entertainment 3:03
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys 1993 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:41
Greatest 1999 Import 2:39
Sunflower/Surf's Up 2000 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:42
Goodbye Surfing, Hello God! 2001 VigoTone 3:08
Hawthorne, CA 2001 Capitol 2:51
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys 2003 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:41
Platinum Collection: Sounds of Summer Edition 2005 Mixed Repertoire 2:41
The Warmth of the Sun 2006 Capitol/EMI Records 2:41
Forever 2008 Edge / Immortal
Fifty Big Ones: Greatest Hits 2012 Capitol / EMI 2:41
Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour 2013 Capitol 2:57
Made in California 2013 Capitol 2:44
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