Endless Harmony Soundtrack

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Endless Harmony Soundtrack
Compilation album by The Beach Boys
Released 11 August 1998
Recorded 12 June 1963–4 July 1998
Genre Rock
Length 74:01
Label Capitol
Producer Phil Sandhaus, Michel Etchart
The Beach Boys chronology
The Pet Sounds Sessions
(1997)
Endless Harmony Soundtrack
(1998)
Ultimate Christmas
(1998)
Alternative cover
The cover for the re-released version, issued on 28 March 2000.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Endless Harmony Soundtrack is an anthology album of previously unheard material by The Beach Boys, originally released by Capitol Records in August 1998. Named for Bruce Johnston's song on the 1980 album Keepin' the Summer Alive, it was designed as a tie-in with the band's biographical documentary of the same name. The soundtrack was re-issued in March 2000 with some remixing and different artwork, while the original 1998 edition (with the orange/yellow cover) was deleted shortly thereafter.

Background[edit]

The Endless Harmony project was undertaken shortly after the death of founding member Carl Wilson, who died of lung cancer in February 1998. At this point, Brian Wilson decided that the band was officially finished and disassociated himself from any further group activity. At odds with Mike Love for continuing after Carl's passing, Al Jardine did the same. Both Love and Bruce Johnston (with their accompanying concert act) continued to perform live as The Beach Boys until all five surviving members reunited for their 50th anniversary in 2012.

The Endless Harmony Soundtrack itself is patterned like The Beatles' Anthology albums, with alternate versions and live renditions of songs, as well as previously unreleased ones. Spanning from a stereo remix of 1963's "Surfer Girl" to the completion of the unreleased 1969 recording "Loop de Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' in an Aeroplane)", the album also includes a brief snippet of both Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks routining three Smile songs in 1966.

Endless Harmony Soundtrack never charted in the U.S. or the UK. Although the album was not a commercial success, it did encourage Capitol Records to issue a more comprehensive archival package in Hawthorne, CA, released in May 2001.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brian Wilson/Mike Love, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Soulful Old Man Sunshine" (Writing session excerpt) (Brian Wilson/Rick Henn) – 0:42
  2. "Soulful Old Man Sunshine" (Brian Wilson/Rick Henn) – 3:25
  3. "Radio Concert Promo 1" – 0:15
    • The version on the revised 2000 edition features a different promo from Dennis Wilson.
  4. "Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun, Fun, Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' U.S.A." (Live) (Brian Wilson/Love/Roger Christian/Chuck Berry) – 3:33
    • Recorded on 22 October 1966 in Michigan
  5. "Surfer Girl" (Binaural mix) (Brian Wilson) – 2:27
    • The version on the revised 2000 edition of the album is more of an a cappella mix
  6. "Help Me, Rhonda" (Alternate single version) – 2:50
  7. "Kiss Me, Baby" (Stereo remix) – 2:42
  8. "California Girls" (Stereo remix) – 2:44
  9. "Good Vibrations" (Live) – 3:40
    • Recorded in rehearsal on 8 December 1968 in London
  10. "Heroes and Villains (Demo)" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 2:27
    • Recorded on 4 November 1966, this run through for Los Angeles DJ "Humble" Harve features, in addition to "Heroes and Villains", the fragments "I'm in Great Shape" and "Barnyard"
  11. "Heroes and Villains" (Live) (Brian Wilson/Parks) – 3:40
  12. "God Only Knows" (Live) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:45
    • Actually a live-in-the-studio recording in September 1967
  13. "Radio Concert Promo 2" – 0:15
  14. "Darlin'" (Live) – 2:26
    • Recorded on 21 June 1980 at Knebworth
  15. "Wonderful"/"Don't Worry Bill" (Brian Wilson/Parks/Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin/Steve Fataar/Brother Fataar) – 5:52
    • A medley of Smile's "Wonderful" and a song released by The Flame (also known as "The Flames") called "Don't Worry Bill" recorded on 23 November 1972 at Carnegie Hall in New York City
  16. "Do It Again" (Early version) – 2:30
  17. "Break Away" (Demo) (Brian Wilson/Reggie Dunbar) – 2:38
  18. "Sail Plane Song" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson) – 2:12
  19. "Loop de Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' in an Aeroplane)" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Al Jardine) – 2:56
    • Recording begun in March 1969, finished by Al Jardine in July 1998
  20. "Barbara" (Dennis Wilson) – 2:58
  21. "'Til I Die" (Alternate mix) (Brian Wilson) – 4:52
  22. "Long Promised Road" (Live) (Carl Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 4:17
    • Recorded on 23 November 1972 at Carnegie Hall in New York City
  23. "All Alone" (Carli Muñoz) – 3:36
  24. "Brian's Back" (Love) – 4:07
    • Written in response to Brian Wilson's 1976 return to the public eye
  25. "Endless Harmony" (Bruce Johnston) – 3:29
    • Includes a hidden a cappella sample of "Kiss Me, Baby" after the song ends

Sources[edit]

  • Endless Harmony Soundtrack CD booklet notes, Brad Elliott, c. 2000.
  • Allmusic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Review: Endless Harmony". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 5 September 2009.