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The Beach Boys 8/27/2013

Review

Designed as the triumphant conclusion to the Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion, Made in California is indeed something of an extravaganza. Packaged as a hardcover yearbook -- a motif that runs right through to the liner notes, which include a high school piece by Brian Wilson among the various essays, along with plenty of rare photos -- Made in California makes no secret of hiding its nostalgia, but that doesn't mean the average Beach Boys fan wishing to take a stroll down memory lane should turn to this luxurious box. This six-disc set may tell the Beach Boys story quite thoroughly, but the devil is indeed in the details, details that may only compel the devoted. Certainly, Made in California is filled with rarities and oddities, some genuinely rare and unreleased, with the bulk of the set comprised of many alternate mixes, vocal sessions, instrumental tracks, radio spots, and an abundance of live tracks from throughout the years. Along the way, all the hits are unveiled in some fashion, but the compilers have made a practice of choosing interesting or intriguing mixes over original hit single mixes; for Pet Sounds alone, the selected songs ping-pong between 1996 and 2001 stereo mixes, while elsewhere there are stereo mixes from 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2012, along with the occasional mono mix. All those dates suggest just how often the Beach Boys catalog has been remastered and reissued over the years, but there is only one real corollary in their catalog: the 1993 five-disc box Good Vibrations. Twenty years on, the remastering has certainly improved but that's not the only reason Made in California has an edge over Good Vibrations. Those two decades brought an official restoration of The Smile Sessions and, in 2012, the 50th Anniversary reunion album That's Why God Made the Radio, which provides a better, sweeter conclusion to the group's story than "Kokomo." That said, this 174-track box finds a way to overlook plenty of great, even important, songs from all eras of the Beach Boys, with "She Knows Me Too Well," "Getting Hungry," "Funky Pretty," and "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" being among the prominent inexplicable omissions. Thing is, the listeners who will really dig into the box -- the ones who will thrill to the early demos as much as they do to the unreleased Dennis Wilson songs, as well as the unreleased "California Feeling" -- won't care that these songs are missing, as they'll have them somewhere else in their collection, and the casual fan will be fine without them. But even if it tells the Beach Boys story thoroughly, Made in California is most decidedly not for the casual fan. It is for the dedicated, the kind who knows the story by heart but wants to hear it told slightly differently. For them, it's worth taking this roundabout journey while immersing themselves in the packaging; those with less invested will likely prefer sticking to the familiar paths provided by either the original albums or concise compilations. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Home Recordings/Surfin' Rehearsal Highlights [2012 Edit] The Beach Boys 2:54
  3. 2 Surfin' [With Session Intro] The Beach Boys 2:24
  4. 3 Their Hearts Were Full of Spring [Demo] The Beach Boys 2:34
  5. 4 Surfin' Safari [Original Mono Long Version] The Beach Boys 2:15
  6. 5 409 [Original Mono Long Version] The Beach Boys 2:6
  7. 6 Lonely Sea [Original Mono Mix] The Beach Boys 2:36
  8. 7 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2:25
  9. 8 Shut Down [2003 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:47
  10. 9 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 2:24
  11. 10 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 1:37
  12. 11 Catch a Wave The Beach Boys 2:5
  13. 12 Our Car Club The Beach Boys 2:20
  14. 13 Surfers Rule [With Session Intro] The Beach Boys 2:34
  15. 14 In My Room The Beach Boys 2:10
  16. 15 Back Home The Beach Boys 2:19
  17. 16 Be True to Your School [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:6
  18. 17 Ballad of Ole' Betsy The Beach Boys 2:14
  19. 18 Little Saint Nick [Stereo Single Version] The Beach Boys 1:58
  20. 19 Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys 2:11
  21. 20 Little Honda The Beach Boys 1:49
  22. 21 Don't Worry Baby [2009 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:47
  23. 22 Why Do Fools Fall in Love [2009 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:5
  24. 23 The Warmth of the Sun The Beach Boys 3:0
  25. 24 I Get Around [With Session Intro] The Beach Boys 2:53
  26. 25 Wendy [2007 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:16
  27. 26 All Summer Long [2007 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:5
  28. 27 Girls On the Beach The Beach Boys 2:20
  29. 28 Don't Back Down The Beach Boys 1:40
  30. 29 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:1
  31. 30 All Dressed Up for School The Beach Boys 2:15
  32. 31 Please Let Me Wonder [2007 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:46
  33. 32 Kiss Me, Baby [2000 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:40
  34. 33 In the Back of My Mind [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:9
  35. 34 Dance, Dance, Dance [2003 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:59
  36. 1 Do You Wanna Dance [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:18
  37. 2 Help Me, Rhonda [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:45
  38. 3 California Girls [2002 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:42
  39. 4 Amusement Parks USA [Early Version] The Beach Boys 2:29
  40. 5 Salt Lake City [2001 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:59
  41. 6 Let Him Run Wild [2007 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:16
  42. 7 Graduation Day [Session Excerpt & Master Take, 2012 Mix] The Beach Boys 3:21
  43. 8 The Little Girl I Once Knew The Beach Boys 2:31
  44. 9 There's No Other (Like My Baby) [2012 "Unplugged" Mix with Party Session Intro] The Beach Boys 4:19
  45. 10 Barbara Ann [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:10
  46. 11 Wonderful Kya [Radio Spot] The Beach Boys 0:9
  47. 12 Sloop John B [1996 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:57
  48. 13 Wouldn't It Be Nice [2001 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:29
  49. 14 God Only Knows [1996 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:51
  50. 15 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times [1996 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:16
  51. 16 Caroline No [1996 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:16
  52. 17 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 3:34
  53. 18 Our Prayer [2012 Smile Sessions Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:5
  54. 19 Heroes and Villains, Pt. 1 [Smile Sessions Mix] The Beach Boys 3:5
  55. 20 Heroes and Villains, Pt. 2 [Smile Sessions Mix] The Beach Boys 4:15
  56. 21 Vega-Tables [Smile Sessions Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:39
  57. 22 Wind Chimes [Smile Sessions Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:6
  58. 23 The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) [Smile Sessions Mix] The Beach Boys 2:34
  59. 24 Cabin Essence [Smile Sessions Mix] The Beach Boys 3:28
  60. 25 Heroes and Villains [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:35
  61. 26 Wonderful [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:17
  62. 27 Country Air [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:18
  63. 28 Wild Honey [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:34
  64. 1 Darlin' [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:7
  65. 2 Let the Wind Blow [2001 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:29
  66. 3 Meant For You [Alternate Version] The Beach Boys 1:45
  67. 4 Friends The Beach Boys 2:29
  68. 5 Little Bird The Beach Boys 1:56
  69. 6 Busy Doin' Nothin' The Beach Boys 3:2
  70. 7 Sail Plane Song [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:20
  71. 8 We're Together Again [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:57
  72. 9 Murray the K [Radio Spot] The Beach Boys 0:11
  73. 10 Do It Again [2012 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:19
  74. 11 Old Man River [Vocal Section] The Beach Boys 1:16
  75. 12 Be with Me The Beach Boys 3:4
  76. 13 I Can Hear Music The Beach Boys 2:32
  77. 14 Time to Get Alone The Beach Boys 2:35
  78. 15 I Went to Sleep The Beach Boys 1:35
  79. 16 Can't Wait Too Long [A Cappella] The Beach Boys 0:47
  80. 17 Break Away [Alternate Version] The Beach Boys 3:7
  81. 18 Celebrate the News The Beach Boys 3:1
  82. 19 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) [Single Version 2001 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:11
  83. 20 Susie Cincinnati [2012 Mix] The Beach Boys 3:2
  84. 21 Good Time The Beach Boys 2:47
  85. 22 Slip on Through The Beach Boys 2:14
  86. 23 Add Some Music to Your Day The Beach Boys 3:30
  87. 24 This Whole World The Beach Boys 1:53
  88. 25 Forever The Beach Boys 2:37
  89. 26 It's About Time The Beach Boys 2:52
  90. 27 Soulful Old Man Sunshine The Beach Boys 3:23
  91. 28 Fallin' in Love [2009 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:57
  92. 29 Sound of Free [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:19
  93. 30 'Til I Die The Beach Boys 2:28
  94. 31 Surf's Up The Beach Boys 4:10
  95. 1 Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys 2:37
  96. 2 Disney Girls The Beach Boys 4:4
  97. 3 Feel Flows The Beach Boys 4:41
  98. 4 (Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again The Beach Boys 4:35
  99. 5 Marcella The Beach Boys 3:47
  100. 6 All This Is That The Beach Boys 3:52
  101. 7 Sail On, Sailor The Beach Boys 3:14
  102. 8 The Trader The Beach Boys 5:1
  103. 9 California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-I-A) The Beach Boys 3:19
  104. 10 Rock and Roll Music [2012 Mix w/Extra Verse] The Beach Boys 3:7
  105. 11 It's OK [Alternate Mix] The Beach Boys 2:6
  106. 12 Had to Phone Ya The Beach Boys 1:41
  107. 13 Let Us Go on This Way The Beach Boys 1:56
  108. 14 I'll Bet He's Nice The Beach Boys 2:31
  109. 15 Solar System The Beach Boys 2:44
  110. 16 The Night Was So Young The Beach Boys 2:12
  111. 17 It's Over Now [Alternate Mix] The Beach Boys 2:41
  112. 18 Come Go with Me The Beach Boys 2:3
  113. 19 California Feelin' The Beach Boys 2:50
  114. 20 Brian's Back [Alternate Mix] The Beach Boys 2:52
  115. 21 Good Timin' The Beach Boys 2:9
  116. 22 Angel Come Home The Beach Boys 3:35
  117. 23 Baby Blue The Beach Boys 3:16
  118. 25 Goin' to the Beach The Beach Boys 2:21
  119. 1 Goin' On The Beach Boys 2:58
  120. 2 Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love The Beach Boys 3:10
  121. 3 Da Doo Ron Ron The Beach Boys 1:49
  122. 4 Getcha Back The Beach Boys 2:55
  123. 5 California Dreamin' The Beach Boys 3:20
  124. 6 Kokomo The Beach Boys 3:33
  125. 7 Soul Searchin' The Beach Boys 3:53
  126. 8 You're Still a Mystery The Beach Boys 3:14
  127. 9 That's Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys 3:14
  128. 10 Isn't It Time [Single Version] The Beach Boys 3:37
  129. 11 Runaway [Chicago 1965 W/Concert Promo Intro] The Beach Boys 2:53
  130. 12 You're So Good to Me [Paris 1966] The Beach Boys 2:13
  131. 13 The Letter [Hawaii 1967 Rehearsal] The Beach Boys 1:50
  132. 14 Friends [Chicago 1968] The Beach Boys 2:45
  133. 15 Little Bird [Chicago 1968] The Beach Boys 1:57
  134. 16 All I Want to Do [London 1968] The Beach Boys 2:2
  135. 17 Help Me, Rhonda [New Jersey 1972] The Beach Boys 4:14
  136. 18 Wild Honey [New Jersey 1972] The Beach Boys 4:48
  137. 19 Only with You [New York 1972] The Beach Boys 4:25
  138. 20 It's About Time [Chicago 1973] The Beach Boys 3:38
  139. 21 I Can Hear Music [Maryland 1975] The Beach Boys 3:5
  140. 22 Vegetables [New York 1993] The Beach Boys 2:22
  141. 23 Wonderful [New York 1993] The Beach Boys 2:21
  142. 24 Sail on Sailor [Louisville 1995] The Beach Boys 3:14
  143. 25 Summer in Paradise [Wembley 1993] The Beach Boys 4:23
  144. 1 Radio Spot [1966] The Beach Boys 0:10
  145. 2 Slip on Through [A Cappella Mix] The Beach Boys 2:28
  146. 3 Don't Worry Baby [Stereo Session Outtake w/Alternate Lead Vocal] The Beach Boys 3:5
  147. 4 Pom Pom Play Girl [Vocal Session Highlight] The Beach Boys 2:44
  148. 5 Guess I'm Dumb [Instrumental Track w/Background Vocals] The Beach Boys 2:51
  149. 6 Sherry She Needs Me [1965 Track w/1976 Vocal] The Beach Boys 2:49
  150. 7 Mona Kana [Instrumental Track] The Beach Boys 2:53
  151. 8 This Whole World [A Cappella] The Beach Boys 1:56
  152. 9 Where Is She? The Beach Boys 2:46
  153. 10 Had to Phone Ya [Instrumental Track] The Beach Boys 1:46
  154. 11 Smile Backing Vocals Montage [From the Smile Sessions] The Beach Boys 8:26
  155. 12 Good Vibrations [Stereo Track Sections] The Beach Boys 3:46
  156. 13 Be with Me [Demo] The Beach Boys 2:43
  157. 14 I Believe in Miracles [Vocal Section] The Beach Boys 0:19
  158. 15 Why [Instrumental Track] The Beach Boys 2:6
  159. 16 Barnyard Blues The Beach Boys 2:28
  160. 17 Don't Go Near the Water [Instrumental Track] The Beach Boys 2:39
  161. 18 You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling The Beach Boys 3:50
  162. 19 Transcendental Meditation [Instrumental Track] The Beach Boys 1:45
  163. 20 Our Sweet Love [Vocals w/Strings] The Beach Boys 2:34
  164. 21 Back Home [1970 Version] The Beach Boys 2:16
  165. 22 California Feelin' [Demo] The Beach Boys 2:9
  166. 23 California Girls [Lei'd in Hawaii Studio Version] The Beach Boys 2:26
  167. 24 Help You, Rhonda [Lei'd in Hawaii Studio Version] The Beach Boys 2:21
  168. 25 Surf's Up [1967 Version][2012 Mix] The Beach Boys 3:45
  169. 26 My Love Lives On The Beach Boys 2:26
  170. 27 Radio Spot [1964] The Beach Boys 0:13
  171. 28 Wendy [BBC Live in the Studio 1964] The Beach Boys 2:12
  172. 29 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) [BBC Live in the Studio 1964] The Beach Boys 2:2
  173. 30 Hushabye [BBC Live in the Studio 1964] The Beach Boys 2:38
  174. 31 Carl Wilson: Coda [2013 Edit] The Beach Boys 1:22

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