The Beach Boys

All Summer Long

July 13, 1964

AM Pop

Released at the height of the American summer in 1964, All Summer Long represents the first step the Beach Boys took away from being a trendy pop band towards the more personal songwriting they'd perfect in just a few years on Pet Sounds. While there's still some spirited, rocking tunes about cars and the beach, Brian Wilson's inherent tenderness begins showing more clearly on these songs. The gleeful xylophones and flutes of the title track also hint at the expanded orchestral arranging that was soon to follow.

- Fred Thomas

Milton Nascimento

Courage

1969

Brazilian Pop

A gorgeous tour of the artists early songs, this Creed Taylor production featured orchestrations by Deodato and ace sidemen including Herbie Hancock and Airto.

- Richard Ginnell