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Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys

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The Beach Boys 6/10/2003

Review

After gaining control of the Beach Boys' entire catalog (including all the band's post-1969 material), Capitol released two-fers covering their out of print '70s records and a Brian Wilson-selected compilation titled Classics, then later, this hits compilation -- the longest single-disc American collection ever seen. With all but five tracks coming from their 1962-1969 peak, and every one a Top 40 hit, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys is also the best, a worthy digital-age successor to previous classics like Endless Summer and Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. Though the songs don't appear in chronological order, the compilers improved the concept of a hits compilation by bunching the disc into minisets -- one of classic adolescence songs ("Be True to Your School," "When I Grow Up [To Be a Man]," "In My Room"), one of surfing songs ("Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Surfer Girl"), one of frat-boy classics ("Dance, Dance, Dance," "Barbara Ann"), and another including selections from their masterpiece Pet Sounds ("God Only Knows," "Sloop John B.," "Wouldn't It Be Nice"). Nearly any compilation on an important artist can be argued, but it's the rare one that covers as many bases and leaves out so few classics as Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 California Girls [2002 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 2:42
  3. 2 I Get Around The Beach Boys 2:10
  4. 3 Surfin' Safari [Mono Version] The Beach Boys 2:3
  5. 4 Surfin' U.S.A. [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:25
  6. 5 Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys 2:17
  7. 6 Surfer Girl [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:24
  8. 7 Don't Worry Baby [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:44
  9. 8 Little Deuce Coupe [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 1:37
  10. 9 Shut Down [New Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 1:47
  11. 10 Help Me, Rhonda [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:45
  12. 11 Be True to Your School [Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:6
  13. 12 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 1:59
  14. 13 In My Room [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:10
  15. 14 God Only Knows [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:48
  16. 15 Sloop John B The Beach Boys 2:55
  17. 16 Wouldn't It Be Nice [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:29
  18. 17 Getcha Back [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:56
  19. 18 Come Go with Me [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:4
  20. 19 Rock & Roll Music [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 2:26
  21. 20 Dance, Dance, Dance [Original Stereo Version] The Beach Boys 1:59
  22. 21 Barbara Ann [Mono Single Version] The Beach Boys 2:10
  23. 22 Do You Wanna Dance The Beach Boys 2:17
  24. 23 Heroes and Villains [2002 Stereo Mix] The Beach Boys 3:36
  25. 24 Good Timin' The Beach Boys 2:9
  26. 25 Kokomo The Beach Boys 3:33
  27. 26 Do It Again The Beach Boys 2:16
  28. 27 Wild Honey The Beach Boys 2:36
  29. 28 Darlin' The Beach Boys 2:10
  30. 29 I Can Hear Music The Beach Boys 2:33
  31. 30 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 3:35

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