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The Beach Boys 10/9/2012

Review

Capitol, which had already released ten Beach Boys albums in three years, was bugging the group for product that it could release in time for the 1965 Christmas season. To buy time while Brian Wilson began conceiving the Pet Sounds masterpiece, the group issued a set of covers, mostly of the '50s rock and R&B they had listened to as schoolboys. Packaged as if it had been recorded at an actual party, it was in fact recorded in the studio, with friends and romantic partners adding sounds and vocals to create an informal atmosphere. With the exception of a bass guitar, all the instruments were acoustic; the acoustic guitar-and-bongo arrangements, in fact, give this a hootenanny campfire feel. In recent years, this album has gone up a few notches in critical esteem, praised for its loose, casual feel and insight into the group's influences. Realistically, though, its present-day appeal lies mostly with dedicated fans of the group, as fun and engaging as it is. Others will find the material shopworn in places, and the presentation too corny. It does have the massive hit "Barbara Ann," which actually features Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) on much of the lead vocals; other highlights include "Mountain of Love," an unexpected version of "The Times They Are a-Changin'," and three Beatles covers. [Capitol's 2012 reissue, mastered by Mark Linett earlier that year, contained mono and stereo versions of the original album; the stereo versions were all previously unreleased.] ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hully Gully The Beach Boys 2:21
  3. 2 I Should Have Known Better The Beach Boys 1:40
  4. 3 Tell Me Why The Beach Boys 1:46
  5. 4 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow The Beach Boys 2:18
  6. 5 Mountain of Love The Beach Boys 2:51
  7. 6 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away The Beach Boys 2:56
  8. 7 Devoted to You The Beach Boys 2:13
  9. 8 Alley Oop The Beach Boys 2:55
  10. 9 There's No Other (Like My Baby) The Beach Boys 3:5
  11. 10 I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 3:12
  12. 11 The Times They Are A-Changin' The Beach Boys 2:23
  13. 12 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys 3:22
  14. 13 Hully Gully [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:22
  15. 14 I Should Have Known Better [Stereo] The Beach Boys 1:41
  16. 15 Tell Me Why [Stereo] The Beach Boys 1:47
  17. 16 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:18
  18. 17 Mountain of Love [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:51
  19. 18 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:56
  20. 19 Devoted to You [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:14
  21. 20 Alley Oop [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:55
  22. 21 There's No Other (Like My Baby) [Stereo] The Beach Boys 3:5
  23. 22 I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe [Stereo] The Beach Boys 3:12
  24. 23 The Times They Are A-Changin' [Stereo] The Beach Boys 2:23
  25. 24 Barbara Ann [Stereo] The Beach Boys 3:23

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