Stack-O-Tracks

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Stack-O-Tracks
Compilation album by The Beach Boys
Released 19 August 1968
Recorded July 1963–June 1968
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 34:37
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson and
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys chronology
Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3
(1968)
Stack-O-Tracks
(1968)
20/20
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]

Stack-O-Tracks is an album release by The Beach Boys containing backing tracks to fifteen of their songs spanning their career to that point. Considered little more than a penny pincher when it came out,[citation needed] Stack-O-Tracks turned out to be a very educational album for those who wanted to know what went into the making of a Beach Boys music track. This type of release was unique for the band, and generally is unique throughout the music industry where backing tracks, in the rare event of their commercial release, are generally bonus tracks or b-sides to singles.

The Beach Boys third and final album release of 1968, coming after Friends and released the same day as the quickly gathered material for Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3, Stack-O-Tracks was seen by many at the time as a desperate last-ditch effort by Capitol Records to try anything to sell Beach Boys material. The strategy backfired, however; issued at one of their lowest commercial ebbs in the U.S., Stack-O-Tracks became the first Beach Boys album to fail to reach the U.S. or UK charts. Until 1992's much-maligned Summer in Paradise, it would remain their only official release to have this distinction.

Nonetheless, featuring instrumental highlights from the past studio albums, and including a booklet with the bass lines, lead lines, chords and lyrics (to sing along with), Stack-O-Tracks was clearly a gift to those who wanted to hear what was going on beneath the lush harmonies. Stack-O-Tracks quickly disappeared and was out of print for two decades. In 1990, Capitol Records saw fit to re-issue it on CD, and again in 2001 - both releases without the handy booklet that accompanied the vinyl edition.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Brian Wilson/Mike Love, except where noted.

  1. "Darlin' " – 2:12
  2. "Salt Lake City" – 1:58
  3. "Sloop John B" (Trad. arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:04
  4. "In My Room" (Brian Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:13
  5. "Catch a Wave" – 2:00
  6. "Wild Honey" – 2:35
  7. "Little Saint Nick" – 1:49
  8. "Do It Again" – 2:11
  9. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:11
  10. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:37
  11. "Surfer Girl" (Brian Wilson) – 2:16
  12. "Little Honda" – 1:36
  13. "Here Today" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 3:06
  14. "You're So Good to Me" – 1:55
  15. "Let Him Run Wild" – 2:13

Stack-O-Tracks is now paired on CD with Beach Boys' Party!, with bonus instrumental tracks. While Stack-O-Tracks was originally available only in mono or Duophonic sound, the CD includes true stereo mixes of several tracks.

Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Help Me, Rhonda" - 2:54
  2. "California Girls" - 2:45
  3. "Our Car Club" - 2:14

Stack-O-Tracks (Capitol (D) KAO 2893) failed to chart in either the U.S. or the UK.

References[edit]

  • Beach Boys' Party! / Stack-O-Tracks CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990.
  • The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience, Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story, Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • Top Pop Singles 1955-2001, Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Top Pop Albums 1955-2001, Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Stack-O-Tracks at AllMusic