Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys

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Good Vibrations:
Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
Box set by The Beach Boys
Released June 29, 1993
Recorded 1960–1988
Genre Rock
Length 6:22:27
Label Capitol
The Beach Boys chronology
Summer in Paradise
(1992)
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
(1993)
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[2]
Blender 5/5 stars[3]

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys is a 1993 boxed set released by Capitol Records which collects tracks spanning The Beach Boys' entire career to that point on four CDs. A fifth disc contains mostly studio session tracks, complete vocal and instrumental tracks, and rare live performances. The set also includes a car window decal. Though it never charted, Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys went gold in the US just over four months after its release.

The first four discs anthologize the band with mostly mono single versions, but also several demos and unreleased songs; the tracks are organized essentially in chronological order. Included is 30 minutes of music from the 1966/1967 Smile sessions, which had never been officially released, though had been heavily bootlegged for years. In addition, there is a hidden recording at the end of Disc 1 of a young Brian Wilson singing "Happy Birthday Four Freshmen" to his favorite vocal group into his multi-track tape recorder in 1960.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Brian Wilson/Mike Love, except where noted. Tracks noted [*] were previously unreleased. Tracks noted [+] are from the original 1966–67 Smile sessions.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Surfin' U.S.A." [*] [Demo Version] (Brian Wilson/Chuck Berry) – 1:49
  2. "Little Surfer Girl" [*] (Brian Wilson) – 0:31
  3. "Surfin' [*] [Rehearsal]" – 1:31
  4. "Surfin'" – 2:28
    • Featuring Take 1, followed by Take 7 (master)
  5. "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" [Demo] [*] (Bobby Troup) – 2:35
    • Murry Wilson is heard talking to Capitol Records staff producer Nik Venet at the end of the track
  6. "Surfin' Safari" – 2:16
  7. "409" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Gary Usher) – 2:09
  8. "Punchline" [Instrumental] [*] (Brian Wilson) – 1:52
  9. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Brian Wilson/Chuck Berry) – 2:29
  10. "Shut Down" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 1:51
  11. "Surfer Girl" (Brian Wilson) – 2:26
  12. "Little Deuce Coupe" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 1:48
  13. "In My Room" (Brian Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:15
  14. "Catch a Wave" – 2:18
  15. "The Surfer Moon" (Brian Wilson) – 2:18
  16. "Be True to Your School" (Brian Wilson) – 2:07
  17. "Spirit of America" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 2:20
  18. "Little Saint Nick" [Single Version] (Brian Wilson) – 1:59
  19. "The Things We Did Last Summer" [*] (J. Styne/S. Cahn) – 2:27
  20. "Fun, Fun, Fun" – 2:19
  21. "Don't Worry Baby" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 2:49
  22. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (Frankie Lymon/Morris Levy) – 2:08
  23. "The Warmth of the Sun" – 2:50
  24. "I Get Around" – 2:13
  25. "All Summer Long" – 2:07
  26. "Little Honda" – 1:51
  27. "Wendy" – 2:20
  28. "Don't Back Down" – 1:53
  29. "Do You Wanna Dance" (Bobby Freeman) – 2:17
  30. "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" – 2:01
  31. "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Mike Love) – 1:59
  32. "Please Let Me Wonder" – 2:45
  33. "She Knows Me Too Well" – 2:28
  34. "Radio Station Jingles/Concert Promo" [*] (Unknown) – 1:03
  35. "Hushabye" [Live] / "Happy Birthday Four Freshmen" [Hidden Track] [*] (D. Pomus/M. Shuman) – 3:56

Disc two[edit]

  1. "California Girls" – 2:37
  2. "Help Me, Rhonda" – 2:47
  3. "Then I Kissed Her" (J. Barry, E. Greenwich, Phil Spector) – 2:15
  4. "And Your Dream Comes True" – 1:06
  5. "The Little Girl I Once Knew" [45 RPM Version] (Brian Wilson) – 2:37
  6. "Barbara Ann" [45 RPM Single Version] (Fred Fassert) – 2:04
  7. "Ruby Baby" [Outtake] [*] (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) – 2:10
  8. "KOMA [Radio Promo Spot]" [*] – 0:10
  9. "Sloop John B" (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 2:57
  10. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:23
  11. "You Still Believe in Me" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:30
  12. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:49
  13. "Hang On to Your Ego" [Alternate Version] [*] (Brian Wilson/Terry Sachen) – 3:13
  14. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 3:12
  15. "Pet Sounds" (Brian Wilson) – 2:22
  16. "Caroline, No" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:52
    • Features the barking dogs and oncoming train that close the Pet Sounds album
  17. "Good Vibrations" [45 RPM Version] – 3:38
    • The following eleven songs are – with the exception of Cabinessence – the original Smile recordings.
  18. "Our Prayer" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson) – 1:07
  19. "Heroes and Villains" [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 2:56
  20. "Heroes and Villains" (Sections) [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 6:40
  21. "Wonderful" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 2:02
  22. "Cabinessence" [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 3:33
  23. "Wind Chimes" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 2:32
  24. "Heroes and Villains" (Intro) [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) - 0:35
  25. "Do You Like Worms" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 4:00
  26. "Vegetables" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 3:29
  27. "I Love to Say Da Da" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson) – 1:34
    • Released with extra lyrics as "In Blue Hawaii" on Brian Wilson's 2004 Smile album
  28. "Surf's Up" [*] [+] (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 3:38
  29. "With Me Tonight" (Brian Wilson) – 2:17

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Heroes and Villains" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 3:38
  2. "Darlin'" – 2:12
  3. "Wild Honey" – 2:37
  4. "Let the Wind Blow" – 2:21
  5. "Can't Wait Too Long"* (Brian Wilson) – 3:51
  6. "Cool, Cool Water"* (Brian Wilson) – 1:12
  7. "Meant for You" – 0:40
  8. "Friends" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Dennis Wilson/Al Jardine) – 2:31
  9. "Little Bird" (Dennis Wilson/Stephen Kalinich) – 1:58
  10. "Busy Doin' Nothin'" (Brian Wilson) – 3:04
  11. "Do It Again" – 2:28
  12. "I Can Hear Music" (J. Barry/E. Greenwich/Phil Spector) – 2:38
  13. "I Went to Sleep" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson) – 1:38
  14. "Time to Get Alone" (Brian Wilson) – 2:43
  15. "Break Away" (Brian Wilson/Reggie Dunbar) – 2:56
  16. "Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (45 Version)" (Huddie Ledbetter) – 3:03
  17. "San Miguel" (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson) – 2:26
  18. "Games Two Can Play"* (Brian Wilson) – 2:01
  19. "I Just Got My Pay"* (Brian Wilson) – 2:20
  20. "This Whole World" (Brian Wilson) – 1:57
  21. "Add Some Music to Your Day" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Joe Knott) – 3:33
  22. "Forever" (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson) – 2:41
  23. "Our Sweet Love" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Al Jardine) – 2:38
  24. "H.E.L.P. Is on the Way"* (Brian Wilson) – 2:30
  25. "4th Of July"* (Dennis Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 2:44
  26. "Long Promised Road" (Carl Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 3:27
  27. "Disney Girls (1957)" (Bruce Johnston) – 4:08
  28. "Surf's Up" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 4:13
  29. "Til I Die" (Brian Wilson) – 2:30

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Sail On, Sailor" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks/Tandyn Almer/Ray Kennedy/Jack Rieley) – 3:19
  2. "California" (Al Jardine) – 3:20
  3. "The Trader" (Carl Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 5:04
  4. "Funky Pretty" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Jack Rieley) – 4:10
  5. "Fairy Tale Music"* (Brian Wilson) – 4:05
  6. "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" (Brian Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 3:26
  7. "Marcella" (Brian Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 3:52
  8. "All This Is That" (Carl Wilson/Mike Love/Al Jardine) – 3:59
  9. "Rock And Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) – 2:28
  10. "It's O.K." – 2:11
  11. "Had to Phone Ya" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Diane Rovell) – 1:44
  12. "That Same Song" – 2:15
  13. "It's Over Now"* (Brian Wilson) – 2:50
  14. "Still I Dream of It"* (Brian Wilson) – 3:26
    • Above two songs from the aborted Adult/Child album
  15. "Let Us Go On This Way" – 1:59
  16. "The Night Was So Young" (Brian Wilson) – 2:15
  17. "I'll Bet He's Nice" (Brian Wilson) – 2:35
  18. "Airplane" (Brian Wilson) – 3:04
  19. "Come Go with Me" (C.E. Quick) – 2:03
  20. "Our Team"* (Brian Wilson/Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Mike Love/Al Jardine) – 2:33
  21. "Baby Blue" (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson/Karen Lamm) – 3:18
  22. "Good Timin'" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson) – 2:11
  23. "Goin' On" – 3:03
  24. "Getcha Back" (Mike Love/Terry Melcher) – 3:02
  25. "Kokomo" (Mike Love/Scott McKenzie/John Phillips/Terry Melcher) – 3:37

Disc 5 "Sessions"[edit]

All previously unreleased except part of the "Good Vibrations" sessions.

  1. "In My Room (Demo)" (Brian Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:33
  2. "Radio Spot #1" – 0:09
  3. "I Get Around (Track Only)" – 2:19
  4. "Radio Spot #2" – 0:15
  5. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Tracking Session)" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:12
  6. "Hang On to Your Ego (Sessions)" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 6:40
  7. "God Only Knows (Tracking Session)" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 9:14
  8. "Good Vibrations (Sessions)" – 15:18
    • Included in the above two tracks are the final instrumental masters
  9. "Heroes and Villains (Track Only)" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 0:47
  10. "Cabinessence (Track Only)" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 3:59
  11. "Surf's Up (Track Only)" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks) – 1:40
  12. "Radio Spot #3" – 0:06
  13. "All Summer Long (Vocals)" – 2:12
  14. "Wendy (Vocals)" – 2:27
  15. "Hushabye (Vocals)" (D. Pomus/M. Shuman) – 2:42
  16. "When I Grow Up (Vocals)" – 2:19
  17. "Wouldn't It Be Nice (Vocals) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:43
    • The above five tracks feature the vocals on one channel and the instrumental masters on the other channel so that listeners can hear one or the other or both, depending on the balance setting
  18. "California Girls (Vocals only)" – 2:34
  19. "Radio Spot #4" – 0:11
  20. "Concert Intro/Surfin' USA (Live 1964)" – 3:15
  21. "Surfer Girl (Live 1964)" (Brian Wilson) – 2:52
  22. "Be True to Your School (Live 1964)" – 2:29
  23. "Good Vibrations (Live 1966)" – 5:14
  24. "Surfer Girl (Live in Hawaii Rehearsals 1967)" (Brian Wilson) – 2:18

Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys (Capitol 0777 7 81294 2) never charted in either the US or the UK.

Disc 6 - European Edition Only [4][edit]

  1. "Bluebirds Over the Mountain"
  2. "Tears in the Morning"
  3. "Here Comes the Night (12" version)"
  4. "Lady Lynda"
  5. "Sumahama"

Sources[edit]

  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1993.
  • Allmusic.com

References[edit]