Caroline Now!

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Caroline Now!: The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys
Compilation album by various artists
Released August 4, 2000 (2000-08-04)
Recorded 1998 (1998)–2000 (2000)
Genre Indie rock
Length 77:14
Label Marina
Producer Stefan Kassel & Frank Lähnemann

Caroline Now!: The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys is a 2000 tribute album devoted to songs by the Beach Boys, consisting of cover versions recorded by independent artists.[1] The chosen material focuses on rarities by the group, some of them available only as bootleg recordings such as Adult/Child and Sweet Insanity. The album took nearly three years to produce, with sunshine pop outfit the Free Design reuniting to contribute one track after a three-decade absence from recording.[2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[2] 4/5 stars
NME[3] 7/10 stars
Rolling Stone[3] 8/10 stars
Q[3] 10/10 stars

AllMusic wrote in a mostly positive review, "by and large, the disc boasts an artistry and consistency most tributes lack, thanks as much to the brilliance of its subject as to the torch-carrying affections of its contributors."[2] Uncut Magazine named it their album of the month, while NME named it their compilation of the month.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Eugene Kelly: Lady
  2. Alex Chilton: I Wanna Pick You Up
  3. June & The Exit Wounds: All I Wanna Do
  4. Katrina Mitchell & Bill Wells: Wind Chimes
  5. The High Llamas: Anna Lee, The Healer
  6. Souvenir: Ne Dis Pas (Girl Don't Tell Me)
  7. Duglas T. Stewart: Lines
  8. Camping: Busy Doin' Nothin'
  9. Stevie Jackson: Good Time
  10. The Free Design: Endless Harmony
  11. The Pearlfishers: Go Away Boy
  12. Saint Etienne: Stevie
  13. The Radio Sweethearts: Honkin' Down The Highway
  14. Eric Matthews: Lonely Sea
  15. Kle: Rainbow Eyes
  16. Chip Taylor & Evie Sands: Let's Put Our Hearts Together
  17. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra: Pet Sounds
  18. Malcolm Ross: Heroes and Villains
  19. Norman Blake: Only With You
  20. The Aluminum Group: Caroline, No
  21. Jad Fair: Do Ya
  22. The Secret Goldfish: Big Sur
  23. David Ritchie Coalition: Good Timin'
  24. Kim Fowley: Almost Summer


  1. ^ "Caroline Now! - The Songs of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys". Marina Records. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Caroline Now!: The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Reviews". Marina Records. Retrieved August 2, 2014.