Best of The Beach Boys

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Best of The Beach Boys
Greatest hits album by The Beach Boys
Released July 5, 1966
Recorded January 5, 1963 – May 24, 1965
Genre Rock
Length 28:00
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Pet Sounds
(1966)
Best of The Beach Boys
(1966)
Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 2
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Best of The Beach Boys is the first compilation album released by American rock band the Beach Boys through Capitol Records in 1966. The first version was released in the United States on July 5, 1966, two months after Pet Sounds. Another version of Best of The Beach Boys was issued in the United Kingdom on November 11, 1966 with a track listing that differed from the American release.

North American release[edit]

The American release of Best of The Beach Boys includes a selection of 12 songs the band had recorded from 1963 to 1965, many of them singles or B-sides. The album reached number eight on the US charts and was certified gold by the RIAA on April 12, 1967 and double platinum on December 1, 1991.[2] Best of The Beach Boys is currently out of print. It has been reported that Brian Wilson was irritated by the label's decision to release a compilation of the group's older material at a time when the group's music was taking a different stylistic direction.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Brian Wilson/Chuck Berry) – 2:28
  2. "Catch a Wave" (B. Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:18
  3. "Surfer Girl" (B. Wilson) – 2:26
  4. "Little Deuce Coupe" (B. Wilson/Roger Christian) – 1:50
  5. "In My Room" (B. Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:13
  6. "Little Honda" (B. Wilson/Love) – 1:51
Side B
  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:18
  2. "The Warmth of the Sun" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:50
  3. "Louie, Louie" (Richard Berry) – 2:23
  4. "Kiss Me, Baby" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:35
  5. "You're So Good to Me" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:13
  6. "Wendy" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:22

British release[edit]

Best of The Beach Boys
Greatest hits album by The Beach Boys
Released November 11, 1966
Recorded April 19, 1962 – April 11, 1966
Genre Rock
Label Capitol/EMI
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
(1966)
Best of The Beach Boys
(1966)
Surfer Girl
(1967)

The British version of Best of The Beach Boys was released with songs that differed to its American counterpart. This version, initially compiled as a DJ sampler by EMI, sold close to 200,000 copies by September 1967 and spent a total of 142 weeks on the UK album charts, peaking at number two.[3][4][5]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Surfin' Safari" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:05
  2. "Surfin' U.S.A." (B. Wilson/Berry) – 2:28
  3. "Little Deuce Coupe" (B. Wilson/Love) – 1:50
  4. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:18
  5. "I Get Around" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:12
  6. "All Summer Long" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:05
  7. "In My Room" (B. Wilson/Usher) – 2:13
Side B
  1. "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) – 2:18
  2. "Help Me, Rhonda" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:45
  3. "California Girls" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:37
  4. "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert) – 2:05
  5. "You're So Good to Me" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:13
  6. "Sloop John B" (trad. arr. B. Wilson/Al Jardine) – 2:55
  7. "God Only Knows" (B. Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:49

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (1966-07-05). "The Best of the Beach Boys, Vol. 1 - The Beach Boys : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - January 26, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com.au. 1967-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com.au. 1967-09-16. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "BEACH BOYS | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  • The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience, Timothy White, c. 1994.