All Summer Long (album)

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All Summer Long
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released July 13, 1964 (1964-07-13)
  • October 18, 1963 (1963-10-18)
  • April 2 (2-04)–May 19, 1964 (1964-05-19)
Studio United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Pop
Length 25:10
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Shut Down Volume 2
All Summer Long
Beach Boys Concert
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Beach Boys Concert
All Summer Long
Surfin' U.S.A.
Singles from All Summer Long
  1. "I Get Around"
    Released: May 11, 1964

All Summer Long is the sixth studio album by The Beach Boys and their second in 1964. It rose to number four in the US during a forty-nine week chart stay, and was certified gold by the RIAA. "I Get Around" preceded the album's release by some two months and quickly raced to become their first number one single in the US; they also had a UK Top 10 debut with a number seven peak.

The album's sessions were recorded in the aftermath of the British Invasion, marking a major turning point in the Beach Boys' career, and in bandleader/primary songwriter Brian Wilson as an artist. All Summer Long was to be their final album which reveled in California beach culture.

Songs from this album are also featured on the EP Four by The Beach Boys.


"Drive-In" was recorded shortly after the release of Little Deuce Coupe in October 1963.[1] Beginning in February 1964,[citation needed] Bandleader Brian Wilson engaged in a rigorous period of songwriting, emerging some weeks afterwards with songs including "I Get Around", "All Summer Long", "Wendy" and "Girls on the Beach".

That April, during the recording session of the single "I Get Around," Brian relieved his father Murry Wilson of his managerial duties.[1] An attempt at reconciliation on Murry's part, much of it captured on the tapes for the 1965 recording sessions of "Help Me, Rhonda", cemented the break.[2] In an interview with Hit Parader, Brian later recalled, "We love the [Wilson] family thing – y'know: three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a really beautiful way to have a [rock] group – but the extra generation can become a hang-up."[3]

All Summer Long was to be the Beach Boys' final album which reveled in California beach culture.[4] Only one song explicitly references surfing: "Don't Back Down"; while "Little Honda" is the only hot rod song.[5]

Cover artwork[edit]

Photography was credited to both Kenneth Veeder and George Jerman (who had taken the photographs for the band's earlier albums) but it remains unclear as to who took the color pictures in the montage on the front of the sleeve, or the black and white studio shots on the reverse. The location for the shoot was once again Paradise Cove, north of Malibu, the same location used for the Surfin' Safari sleeve. However, whilst it appears that all five band members were present for the session only Brian, Carl, Dennis and Mike were photographed on the sand (along with the two girls, in various outfits) - Al was absent that day for a case of Flu and his images were added at a later date.[citation needed]

On first pressings of the LP, the song "Don't Back Down" is misprinted as "Don't Break Down" on the front cover. This version of the LP sleeve also has the song titles printed in the same mustard-colored ink as the album title. Subsequent printings with the typo corrected have the song titles printed in black.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars [6]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars [7]

The Girls on the Beach[edit]

The Beach Boys were later featured in the 1965 film The Girls on the Beach, performing "Girls on the Beach", "Lonely Sea", and "Little Honda". Their appearance was filmed in April 1964, a month before All Summer Long was completed.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brian Wilson/Mike Love except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "I Get Around"   B. Wilson with Love 2:14
2. "All Summer Long"   Love 2:08
3. "Hushabye" (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) B. Wilson with Love 2:41
4. "Little Honda"   Love 1:52
5. "We'll Run Away" (B. Wilson/Usher) B. Wilson 2:02
6. "Carl's Big Chance" (B. Wilson/C. Wilson) instrumental 2:03
Side two
No. Title Lead Vocals Length
1. "Wendy"   B. Wilson with Love 2:21
2. "Do You Remember?"   Love with B. Wilson 1:40
3. "Girls on the Beach" (B. Wilson) B. Wilson with D. Wilson 2:28
4. "Drive-In"   Love 1:49
5. "Our Favorite Recording Sessions" (B. Wilson/D. Wilson/C. Wilson/Love/Jardine) none (spoken word) 2:00
6. "Don't Back Down"   Love with B. Wilson 1:52


The Beach Boys performing "I Get Around" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964

Partial credits courtesy of session archivist Craig Slowinski. They are amalgamated from all tracks except "We'll Run Away", "Carl's Big Chance", "Do You Remember?", "Drive-In", and "Our Favorite Recording Sessions'.[9]

The Beach Boys
Session musicians and technical staff


Year Chart Position
1964 US Billboard 200 Albums Chart 4[4]
Year Single Chart Position
1964 "I Get Around" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1
1964 "Little Honda" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 65
1964 "Wendy" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 44


  1. ^ a b Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS63". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ White 1996, pp. 230-238.
  3. ^ "The Beach Boy Empire" Taylor, Derek. October 5, 1966. Hit Parader, p13
  4. ^ a b c Richie Unterberger. "All Summer Long - The Beach Boys | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Chris (October 25, 2011). "The Popdose Guide to the Beach Boys". Popdose. 
  6. ^ The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Popular Music, Concise (4th Edition), Virgin Books (UK), 2002, ed. Larkin, Colin.
  7. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2nd Edition) Random House/Rolling Stone Press (US), 1983, ed. D. Marsh, J.Swenson ISBN 0-394-72107-1
  8. ^ Stebbins 2011.
  9. ^ Boyd, Alan; Linette, Mark; Slowinski, Craig (2014). Keep an Eye On Summer 1964 (Digital Liner). Mirror. Capitol Records.