The Beach Boys

It's About Time

Composed by Al Jardine / Bob Burchman / Dennis Wilson

Song Review by

Perhaps the Beach Boys' most contemporary piece of music recorded in 1969, "It's About Time" is a total group effort, between the writing, singing, and performing. A solid, almost dark R&B/rock feel guides the melody with a sense of precision. Interestingly, one of the most unusual features of the song is the Latin-based, in-studio jam that closes the song with great power. An autobiographical song about the pitfalls of stardom and being an artist, this song hit close to home, especially considering the band's fluctuating fortunes and popularity of the period.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sunflower 1970 Brother / Capitol / EMI 2:57
No Image 1970
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Sunflower/Surf's Up 2000 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:58
Made in California 2013 Capitol 2:57
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