The Beach Boys: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
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|1. Surfin' Safari|
|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|
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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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.
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.
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.
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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It has all the songs that I loved when I was a teenager and a few newer ones. I love itPublished 20 months ago by Suzanne L. Mcgee
Loved the record (LP) so it was an welcome addition to my collection. Also allowed me to donload to my IPod.Published on Nov. 7 2013 by John Crocker
Everyone loves the Beach Boys, but not everyone can be a fanatic. For those of us who are casual fans and don't need to own every album, but love to tap our toes and sing along to... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Liz
These guys are Domestic and just purely better then the Beatles
they are so underrated Here is my Review for the Boys. Read more
The people who made these greatest hits discs split the songs up into two catergories: 1st greatest hits is all of their good songs that they are known for such as surfing songs,... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Mike