The Beach Boys

U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965

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As with the Beatles, part of the timelessness of the Beach Boys’ legacy is their dual identity as teen-pop act and groundbreaking rock revolutionaries. Those whose affinity lies primarily with the sugary surf melodies of the former will be riding a wave of ecstasy over this current compilation. Arriving at a time when the CD is being phased out but vinyl enthusiasm has been rejuvenated, SINGLES aims to add value to a compact-disc collection of Brian Wilson & Co.’s early work (the first 16 singles, to be exact) by repackaging it in the original 45 sleeve art. The music contained within (“I Get Around,” “In My Room,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.”) is most certainly in any fan's album rack, CD shelf, or iPod, but Capitol’s deluxe packaging (including a telescoping box and a 48-page photo book wrapped in faux sand) helps the listener to recreate this band's original era. Of course, audio completists are also offered several different takes and remasterings of songs such as “Help Me, Rhonda” and “Please Let Me Wonder”.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:07 Amazon
2 2:01
3 2:27

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:28 Amazon
2 2:16
3 1:51
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