The Beach Boys

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys

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A five-CD box set, containing a whopping 142 tracks and covering the group's entire career, that manages to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. True, all of the key hits and most of their finest album tracks are here. The group's decline after 1966 -- and very sharp decline after 1970 -- is inescapable, and even though most of the material here is from the 1960s, the fourth disc especially (spanning the early '70s to the late '80s) is very rough sailing indeed. It's true that about 50 of these tracks are previously unreleased, but be warned that many of them are demos, backing tracks, and alternate versions of well-known songs that aren't a great deal different from the officially released versions. Also, some of the unreleased "tracks" are radio spots. That's not to say that these rare items aren't interesting for the fan; they are. It's just that it's too overwhelming a package for the nonfanatic, and a rather expensive, spotty one for the devoted fan (who will undoubtedly already have at least half the contents). By far, the most interesting unreleased tracks date from the legendary Smile sessions (nearly an album's worth). Never actually completed, they aren't quite the masterpiece that some have claimed, but are extremely interesting, often beautiful excursions into psychedelic production and songwriting that often resemble sound paintings more than songs. Comes with a 60-page booklet by Beach Boy historian David Leaf.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:49 Amazon
2 00:31 Amazon
3 01:31 Amazon
4 02:28 Amazon
5 02:35 Amazon
6 02:16 Amazon
7 02:09
8 01:52
9 02:29 Amazon
10 01:51
11 02:26
12 01:48 Amazon
13 02:15
14 02:18 Amazon
15 02:18 Amazon
16 02:07
17 02:20 Amazon
18 01:59
19 02:27 Amazon
20 02:19
21 02:49 Amazon
22 02:08 Amazon
23 02:50 Amazon
24 02:13 Amazon
25 02:07 Amazon
26 01:51 Amazon
27 02:20
28 01:53 Amazon
29 02:17 Amazon
30 02:01 Amazon
31 01:59 Amazon
32 02:45 Amazon
33 02:28 Amazon
34
01:03 Amazon
35 03:56

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:37
2 02:47 Amazon
3 02:15 Amazon
4 01:06 Amazon
5 02:37 Amazon
6 02:04 Amazon
7 02:10 Amazon
8 00:10
9 02:57 Amazon
10 02:23 Amazon
11 02:30 Amazon
12 02:49 Amazon
13 03:13
14 03:12 Amazon
15 02:22 Amazon
16 02:52 Amazon
17 03:38
18 01:07 Amazon
19 02:56 Amazon
20 06:40 Amazon
21 02:02 Amazon
22 03:33
23 02:32 Amazon
24 00:35 Amazon
25 04:00 Amazon
26 03:29 Amazon
27 01:34 Amazon
28 03:38 Amazon
29 02:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:38 Amazon
2 02:12 Amazon
3 02:37 Amazon
4 02:21 Amazon
5 03:51
6 01:12 Amazon
7 00:40 Amazon
8 02:31 Amazon
9 01:58 Amazon
10 03:04
11 02:28 Amazon
12 02:38 Amazon
13 01:38 Amazon
14 02:43 Amazon
15 02:56 Amazon
16 03:03 Amazon
17 02:26 Amazon
18 02:01 Amazon
19 02:20 Amazon
20 01:57 Amazon
21 03:33
22 02:41 Amazon
23 02:38 Amazon
24 02:30 Amazon
25 02:44 Amazon
26 03:27 Amazon
27 04:08 Amazon
28 04:13 Amazon
29 02:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:19 Amazon
2 03:20 Amazon
3 05:04 Amazon
4 04:10 Amazon
5 04:05 Amazon
6 03:26 Amazon
7 03:52 Amazon
8 03:59 Amazon
9 02:28
10 02:11 Amazon
11 01:44 Amazon
12 02:15 Amazon
13 02:50 Amazon
14 03:26 Amazon
15 01:59 Amazon
16 02:15 Amazon
17 02:35 Amazon
18 03:04 Amazon
19 02:03 Amazon
20 02:33 Amazon
21 03:18 Amazon
22 02:11 Amazon
23 03:03 Amazon
24 03:02 Amazon
25 03:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:33
2
00:09 Amazon
3 02:19 Amazon
4
00:15 Amazon
5 02:12 Amazon
6 06:40
7 09:14 Amazon
8 15:18
9 00:47 Amazon
10 03:59
11 01:40 Amazon
12
00:06 Amazon
13 02:12 Amazon
14 02:27
15 02:42
16 02:19 Amazon
17 02:43 Amazon
18 02:34
19
00:11 Amazon
20
03:15 Amazon
21 02:52
22 02:29
23 05:14
24 02:18
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