ALL-TIME GREATEST BEACH PARTY HITS, yet another of the seemingly dozens of inexpensive Beach Boys reissues out there, holds absolutely no surprises for even the casual Beach Boys fan. However, as an introduction to the Boys' cars-and-surf era, or simply as a killer party CD, the contents are unbeatable. From the group's second single, the Chuck Berry homage "Surfin' USA," to their commercial--and according to some, artistic--high point, "Good Vibrations," these ten songs are undeniable classics. "Be True To Your School," the dreamy "Surfer Girl," and "Wouldn't It Be Nice"--a mild surprise, since songs from PET SOUNDS rarely make it onto this sort of compilation--are particular standouts.
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