The Beach Boys

Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 6 (1964): The Alternate "All Summer Long" Album

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The advancements of Brian Wilson -- and the Beach Boys' music under his direction -- had matured tremendously in the months between the "Fun, Fun, Fun" sessions and the recordings found on this triple-disc set. Wilson's progress as an arranger, as well as his revolutionary recording techniques are not only intriguing to recount, but they were also selling millions of records worldwide. By the late spring of 1964, the initial impact of the Beatles -- the Beach Boys' labelmates -- on pop music had a peculiar impact on Wilson. Above all, it inspired him to take his craft further than ever before. The complex arrangements for "All Summer Long" and "I Get Around" are mesmerizing. As Wilson searches for a perfect instrumental take, layers of sound become unraveled and what was once obscured can now be heard. One begins to get an idea of how densely packed these "pop" melodies truly are. There are a few hidden gems among the lesser-known tracks on All Summer Long: "Do You Remember," "Drive-In," and "Don't Back Down." On this Unsurpassed Masters volume, both instrumental and vocal versions of all three takes bring out some amazing sonic revelations. It's kind of like being in the studio as the tracks are being laid down. In addition to the dozen cuts recorded for All Summer Long, alternate versions of "Little Honda" and "Don't Back Down" are also included here. The vocal sessions for all tracks are at times brilliant beyond description. A few highlights include "Girls on the Beach" which reveals rich and warm vocal harmonies with a freshness that gets buried on the issued version of the song. The same crisp presence also graces "Hushabye" as well. Beach Boys fanatics should add this volume to their list of "must-have" bootleg titles.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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2 02:55 Amazon
3 02:53 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
5 04:34 Amazon
6 02:45 Amazon
7 01:48 Amazon
8 02:45 Amazon
9 02:17 Amazon
10 02:17 Amazon
11 02:18 Amazon
12 02:18 Amazon
13 06:41 Amazon
14 02:42 Amazon
15 10:26 Amazon
16 02:18 Amazon
17 02:18 Amazon
18 02:19 Amazon
19 01:53 Amazon
20 04:33 Amazon
21 02:11 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:42 Amazon
2 02:42 Amazon
3 01:55 Amazon
4 01:55 Amazon
5 01:16 Amazon
6 04:04 Amazon
7 02:02 Amazon
8 02:05 Amazon
9 01:53 Amazon
10 02:03 Amazon
11 02:01 Amazon
12 05:31 Amazon
13 02:28 Amazon
14 02:31 Amazon
15 03:55 Amazon
16 02:22 Amazon
17 02:28 Amazon
18 02:26 Amazon
19 02:55 Amazon
20 01:45 Amazon
21 02:52 Amazon
22 01:46 Amazon
23 01:43 Amazon
24 01:46 Amazon
25 02:11 Amazon
26 01:50 Amazon
27 04:37 Amazon
28 01:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 05:39 Amazon
2 02:01 Amazon
3 02:33 Amazon
4 02:33 Amazon
5 06:02 Amazon
6 02:06 Amazon
7 02:34 Amazon
8 02:34 Amazon
9 03:41 Amazon
10 01:53 Amazon
11 01:53 Amazon
12 02:24 Amazon
13 03:50 Amazon
14 02:08 Amazon
15 02:09 Amazon
16 03:03 Amazon
17 01:20 Amazon
18 01:55 Amazon
19 02:56 Amazon
20 02:33 Amazon
21 02:22 Amazon
22 01:58 Amazon
23 04:04 Amazon
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