Summer Means New Love

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"Summer Means New Love"
Instrumental by The Beach Boys from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Released June 28, 1965 (1965-06-28)
Recorded May 12–15, June 1, 1965, Capitol Records Studio and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Genre Baroque pop
Length 1:59
Label Capitol
Composer Brian Wilson
Producer Brian Wilson
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) track listing
"Summer Means New Love"
Single by Brian Wilson
A-side "Caroline, No"
Released March 7, 1966 (1966-03-07)
Format 7" vinyl
Label Capitol
Brian Wilson singles chronology
"Caroline, No"
(1966)
"Gettin' Hungry"
(1967)

"Summer Means New Love" is an instrumental composed by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was originally released on June 28, 1965 on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). A year later, it was released as the B-side to Brian Wilson's first single, "Caroline, No". "Caroline, No" subsequently appeared on the "Pet Sounds" album.[1]

The instrumental has been cited as one forerunner to the type of arrangements Brian Wilson would later experiment with on Pet Sounds the following year.[2]

Recording[edit]

"Summer Means New Love" was recorded over three dates, all produced, arranged and conducted by Brian Wilson. The primary instrumental track was recorded on May 12, 1965 at Capitol Records Studio with the piano and guitar were overdubbed at sessions on May 15 and June 1, 1965 respectively at CBS Columbia Square.[3]

Personnel[edit]

The Beach Boys
Session musicians and production staff

Releases[edit]

The track was first released in 1965 in mono on the band's album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) . On August 29, 2006, Capitol released the 40th Anniversary version of Pet Sounds with a 5.1 mix of Summer Means New Love being assembled for the first time. In 2012, the first stereo mix of the track was released on a reissue of Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)[4]

Wilson rerecorded the track in 2014.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 96
  2. ^ Hickey, Andrew (2011). The Beach Boys On CD vol 1: 1961 - 1969. 
  3. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "MONOSTEREO". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fine, Jason (July 18, 2014). "Brian Wilson's Girl-Powered LP: In the Studio With the Beach Boy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 18, 2014.