The Beach Boys

Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 10 (1965)

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The Beach Boys Party! is an anomaly. The legend is that this project was devised as a method of buying time for Brian Wilson to complete what would ultimately become Pet Sounds. However, it might be more accurate to say that The Beach Boys Party! was designed to provide the additional product the record label needed for the Christmas 1965 season. Regardless of the reason, … Party! became the Beach Boys' tenth long-player in less than 36 months. Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 10 examines over four hours of tapes recorded to compile the half-hour … Party! album. Contrary to another legend, the album was most certainly not recorded during an actual get-together anywhere else than Studio #2 at Western Recorders. One unique characteristic to these sessions is that at various points during the recordings, all five touring Beach Boys contribute in one significant way or another. Included among the permanent tour personnel is Bruce Johnstone, who took the place of Glen Campbell, who was filling in for the now reclusive Brian Wilson. Percussionist Hal Blaine, producer Terry Melcher, and Jan Berry of Jan and Dean are among the professional "party guests." Other guests not making union scale include Beach Boys mom Audree Wilson and Brian Wilson's wife and former Honeys member, Marilyn Wilson. At first, the entourage plunder their way through some of their favorite '50s and '60s rock, R&B, and folk songs. While only 14 tracks made the final album, there were many others rehearsed. These include: "Ticket to Ride," "Ruby Baby," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Riot in Cell Block #9," "Satisfaction," "Heart and Soul," and "Smokey Joe's Café." The first three discs include the raw recording sessions -- unplugged and acoustic -- while the fourth and final disc is a stereo mix of the composite tape used to create the actual Beach Boys Party! album.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:12
2
2:35
3
3:16
4 2:06
5
1:19
6
3:27
7
1:09
8
3:16
9 2:46
10 1:23
11 2:57
12
0:59
13
1:48
14
2:26
15
2:05
16 1:38
17 1:54
18
1:07
19
2:56
20
1:29
21
1:41
22
1:30
23
1:31
24
2:10
25
2:20
26
3:50
27
2:49
28
1:06
29
1:45
30
3:00
31 4:25
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