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The Beach Boys: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00001IVJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
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1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. Surfin' U.S.A.
4. Shut Down
5. Surfer Girl
6. Little Deuce Coupe
7. Catch A Wave
8. Be True To Your School
9. Fun, Fun, Fun
10. I Get Around
11. Dance, Dance, Dance
12. Do You Wanna Dance?
13. Help Me, Rhonda
14. California Girls
15. Barbara Ann
16. Sloop John B.
17. Wouldn't It Be Nice
18. God Only Knows
19. Good Vibrations
20. Kokomo

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This career-crossing comp rides from '62 ( Surfin' Safari ) to '88 ( Kokomo ). In between: Be True to Your School; Little Deuce Coupe; Fun, Fun, Fun; I Get Around; Surfin' U.S.A.; Help Me, Rhonda; California Girls; Barbara Ann; Wouldn't It Be Nice; Sloop John B , and more!


The three-volume Good Vibrations series is designed with the hits-hungry fan in mind. Eschewing a strict chronological approach, the best-of sets are arranged according to charting position. Thus the initial collection is laden with the group's trademark tunes, ranging from the California boys' first top 10 charter, 1962's "Surfin' Safari," to their last, 1988's "Kokomo," a stray, post-Brian Wilson success. "Kokomo" is by far the newest selection included here; nothing else dates past 1966's No. 1 smash, "Good Vibrations." With the likes of "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "California Girls," and the incandescent "God Only Knows" rounding out the set, Greatest Hits Volume 1 is the ideal first pick for anyone looking for the Beach Boys at their commercial peak. --Steven Stolder

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In my honest opinion, Capitol should have stopped releasing Beach Boys "greatest hits" material after 1997's "Pet Sounds" boxed sets. But Capitol was still craving more money, and targeted die - hard fans' wallets with yet another colledction of songs that are on over 50 cds.
Admittedly, I'd be lying if I said I hated these songs. Every song here is classic, and are actually all top 40 hits, the exception being the long - forgotten "409". However, many of the songs here are, as I stated before, are on tons of other compillations. I'm talking about numbers like "Good Vibrations", "Surfin' USA", and "Fun Fun Fun". And incidentally, doesn't seem like the three songs I just mentioned are always on every '60s Beach Boy scompillation. And show the lengths Capitol will go to get the real money off these hits, he saboatges the whole "early years" concept of the album by including "Kokomo", which is a great song but doesn't seem right for this album and should have been included on the far more superior "Greatest Hits, Volume 3 : The best Of The Brother Years".
I enjoyed every song here, but I think that next time out, the folks at Capitol should strive for something a little more new, like the long hoped for "Smile" boxed set or even my dream, a Beach Boys live boxed set featuring live performances from the '70s to the '90s. Until then, we're stuck with these recycled hits that are still nonetheless some of the greatest hits of all time, but are on the border of being overplayed.
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The Beach Boys 1960s biggest hits are included with the exception of "Kokomo" from 1988. Their well-known songs from appoximately 1962-1966 are included and sound great. Honestly, I was hoping for slightly longer versions of the songs since some of them are less than three minutes, but at least the songs are the radio versions you have heard.
There are plenty of positives in this collection: 1) It's a great place to start if you are not sure about buying any of their albums. 2) If you want to buy an actual studio album during this time period, then buy "Pet Sounds" (you'll enjoy it!). 3) It contains enjoyable liner notes, songs credits with chart postions, and colorful pictures that you may have not seen before. 4) Although there is still space in minutes to add more songs, twenty is perfect (not too short or too long) if you are just a casual fan and only want one Beach Boys' CD.
As my title indicates, if you like this CD, then you need the other two volumes to have a more complete portrait of this group. Highly recommended.
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In 1999-2000, Capitol Records put out three separate volumes of the Beach Boys greatest hits. For the casual fan who didn't want to shell out for the box set GOOD VIBRATIONS, this seemed like a logical marketing decision. Volume I has the highest hit quotient and included all of their Sixties Top 10 hits (with the exception of "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)"). The 12-page foldout booklet is a bit awkward, but it contains a terrific essay by Beach Boy author Brad Elliot, recording information on each song, and great photos (including a couple including one-time Beach Boy David Marks). If you buy all three volumes, you wind up with all thirty-four Beach Boy hits from 1962-1988. [Note: 1981's "Beach Boy Medley" is not included on any of the volumes.] And with a total of 60 tracks between the three volumes, you also get key album tracks and lesser hits. ["Catch a Wave" is the only non-hit from Volume 1, but the song charted for Jan & Dean in 1964 when they changed the lyrics and retitled it "Sidewalk Surfin'."] The only drawback to this CD is its 49:10 running time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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As the editorial reviewer already pointed out, Capitol designed this cd with fans who crave nothing but the hits in mind. It is a good collection if you are a beginner's Beach Boys fan, but if you are a hardcore fan, it offers nothing you don't have already.
As a whole, this album does give a nice overview of The Beach Boys' early years. Here is where you'll find the songs that put them on the map ("Surfin' Safari"), the songs that stormed up the top 10 ("Surfer Girl", "Fun Fun Fun", "Surfin' USA"), their 4 number one hits ("I Get Around", "Help Me Rhonda", "Good Vibrations" and the late - in - the day hit "Kokomo", which does seem a little out of place here), and the ingenius creations of Brian Wilson (the afore - mentioned "Good Vibrations", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "God Only Knows"). Still, it's nothing new.
As I said earlier, this cd should be skipped by hardcore fans but thoroughly investigated by newer fans, because it opens you up to the fantasy world of cars, beaches, surfing and girls that The Beach Boys made a reality.
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If you're a new Beach Boys fan (as I was 6 years ago), this is definitely the CD to start out with. Yes, it's true that a supposedly better CD was released this past summer - SOUNDS OF SUMMER - and contains 30 songs, whereas GREATEST HITS, VOL. I: 20 GOOD VIBRATIONS contains only 20. And many people would probably argue that SOUNDS OF SUMMER is a better starter CD than 20 GOOD VIBRATIONS. But the 20 songs on this CD have proven time and again to be the 20 best crowd pleasers. They are the 20 Beach Boys songs most likely to be played by your local oldies radio station. Two of the songs on this CD are not contained on SOUNDS OF SUMMER: "Catch a Wave" and "409."
There are 12 songs on SOUNDS OF SUMMER which are not contained on 20 GOOD VIBRATIONS, eight of which are on GREATEST HITS, VOL. II: 20 MORE GOOD VIBRATIONS (along with, of course, 12 other songs not contained on SOUNDS OF SUMMER). The 4 other songs can be heard on THE GREATEST HITS, VOL. III: BEST OF THE BROTHER YEARS (and this CD will contain an additional 16 hits not contained on SOUNDS OF SUMMER).
To make a long story short, this is the ideal Beach Boys CD for someone who is just starting their Beach Boys collection. If you like what you hear (how could you not like what you hear?), I recommend VOLUME II and VOLUME III. In the end, those three CDs will give you a more expansive Beach Boys collection than most people have.
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