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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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Format: Audio CD
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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This is the album that wonderfully and lovingly gives us the best of the Beach Boys.This is great, a sequentially ordered regurgitation of each of their releases, most of them, of course, monster hits. It is all here, folks, from the original number "Surfing Safari'" to "Surfer Girl", from "Catch A Wave" (which Jan and Dean later [used] the melody and chord progressions for "Sidewalk Surfing", a major hit for them) to "The Warmth Of The Sun". yet the Beach Boys really weren't about surfing or even the relaxed southern California lifestyle. What they were about was fell-good music, a kind of instant nostalgia for a Hollywood-type confection. While I have always loved listening to Beach Boy music, I have never taken any of their music seriously, at least not in the way one would consider the Beatles or any of a number of singer-songwriters.
Instead, Brian Wilson's music is formulaic, but brilliantly so, a superb if sugary confection of great tunes, easy, sing-along lyrics, and a pronounced beat. It was rock and roll, produced for commercial success, and it was wildly successful. From "Surfing USA" to "In My Room", from "Fun, Fun, Fun" to "I Get Around", From "Wendy" to "Don't Worry Baby", this is great music, fun to listen to, and something you find yourself humming all day after hearing it on the radio. My favorites here are "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations". This is an album you will want to keep around for background music, for it is a wonderful sound and reminds us all of a more wonderful time in our long lost youth. Enjoy!
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Yes, it's true. The stereo mixes were remixes by the record company of Brian Wilson's original mono mixes. Also, the pre-1968 stereo mixes were usually nothing more than the instrumentation in mono with the two vocal tracks channeled separately into each speaker. In other words, not true stereo at all. Also, this stereo mix screwed up the sound balance of the recordings so that the vocals ended up often overwhelming the instrumentation. It is true that the mono mixes are a bit muddy, but they are much more stronger and powerful-sounding than the stereo mixes. Also, the mono mixes are the way that Brian Wilson intended us to hear his songs. Also, yes, he was deaf in one ear which made it exceedingly difficult for him to mix in stereo, but before 1967, everyone mixed in mono and stereo mixes were created later to satisfy a few hi-fi enthusiasts. Mono was king until Sgt. Pepper. And lastly, these are the mixes that were on the 45 RPM singles which were the hits that made the BB's famous. Before 1968, singles were only issued in mono! And from the Beach Boys "Today" album of 1965 through 1967's "Wild Honey", all the BB's music was only issued in mono or horrible fake "duophonic" stereo remixes. So please spare me the garbage about the stereo mixes being the original and pure mixes. Capitol has given us the true goods.
Lastly, the music is great, and that's the main thing.
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Format: Audio CD
What can you say about the Beach Boys classic music that hasn't already been said? Brian is a genius . . . . Carl had a "heavenly" voice . . . etc. But for the casual music fan - a person that just wants to have CD's of the "best of" - this - and the other 2 volumes of this latest Capitol effort to sell a few more copies of "I get around" will suffice. Overall, the sound of this disc is very good. Mark Linett, who has been doing all of the re-issues for Capitol and the Beach Boys, did an outstanding job. Fans that want to hear some of Dennis' music will be disappointed - since none of his songs were deemed "commercial" enough for release on a greatest hits CD. All of the songs were hits - all in the "early" days of the Beach Boys - except for one . . . Kokomo. Capitol didn't know how big the market would be for a second installment - so they included "Kokomo" to try and boost sales. I'm not saying that it is a bad song - just a bit out of place with such classics as "I get around", "Surfer girl", God only knows" and "Good vibrations". If you are looking for stereo versions of the early tracks - you're looking in the wrong place. According to Linett, Brian himself wanted to use the mono versions. It would take Brian another few years before he would let Mr. Linett use the 3, 4 and 8 track stereo tapes for release. Overall - a good, solid buy. If you like the music on this disc - you will love "Greatest Hits 2" and "Greatest Hits 3".
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