The Beach Boys

Please Let Me Wonder

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It's been said that "Please Let Me Wonder" was the very first song that Brian Wilson wrote under the influence of marijuana. Whether this is true or not, the song is certainly a unique and wonderful departure for the songwriter, who was indeed growing at leaps and bounds. Built around a lilting, gracious melody that vaguely recalls some of Wilson's doo wop influences, it's also somewhat akin to some of the contemporary (and mostly upcoming) ballad statements that folk-rock would embrace. The lyrics are filled with a sense of longing and uncertainty, sort of a flip side to Wilson's "When I Grow Up to Be a Man." Through the years, it has become known as one of the most treasured of Brian Wilson's more obscure album cuts. A quantum leap for this gifted composer.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Today! 1965 Capitol
No Image 1967 Capitol
No Image 1971 Capitol 2:48
Spirit of America 1975 Capitol 2:46
No Image 1983 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1985 Pioneer
Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 1990 Sea of Tunes 3:05
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys 1993 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:45
Originals 1998 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol 2:42
Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 8 (1965): The Alternate "Beach Boys Today" Album, Vol. 2 1998 Sea of Tunes 2:03
Capitol Years 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:46
The Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: 20 More Good Vibrations 1999 Capital 2:46
20 Great Love Songs 2000 Disky 2:46
Greatest Hits 1961-1965, Vol. 1 2000 EMI Music Distribution
I Love You 2001 EMI Music Distribution / MSI Music Distribution 2:46
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys 2003 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:50
I Love You [Japanese] 2004 Toshiba 2:46
Platinum Collection: Sounds of Summer Edition 2005 Mixed Repertoire 2:47
The Warmth of the Sun 2006 Capitol/EMI Records 2:50
U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965 2008 Capitol 2:46
Forever 2008 Edge / Immortal
Summer Love Songs 2009 Capitol 2:52
Classic Albums: The Beach Boys 2011 EMI
Made in California 2013 Capitol 2:51
Live in Chicago, 1965 2015 Capitol / Universal 3:15
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