The Beach Boys

California (And Other) Girls

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Unlike some budget-line compilations, there's a specific theme behind CEMA Special Markets' California (And Other) Girls -- namely, it contains many of the Beach Boys' best-known songs with "girls" in the title or, in the case of "Barbara Ann" and "Wendy," the names of girls. It's a cute ploy and it works, largely because many of these songs, including lesser-known numbers like "Girls on the Beach," are quite good. It will appeal primarily to casual listeners or hardcore fans that like to hear their favorite tunes recontextualized, but its worth a listen, considering its price.

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