All Summer Long (album)
|All Summer Long|
|Studio album by The Beach Boys|
|Released||July 13, 1964|
|Studio||United Western Recorders, Hollywood|
|The Beach Boys chronology|
|The Beach Boys UK chronology|
|Singles from All Summer Long|
All Summer Long is the sixth studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on July 13, 1964. It rose to number 4 in the US during a 49-week chart stay, and was certified gold by the RIAA. Lead single "I Get Around" was issued in May and became the band's first number one hit in the US. The album also had a UK Top 10 debut with a number peak.
It was the first LP the group recorded since the British Invasion, and the last where their music reveled in California beach culture until the 1968 single "Do It Again". Only one track from the album explicitly references surfing, "Don't Back Down", while "Little Honda" is the only hot rod song.
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"Drive-In" was recorded shortly after the release of Little Deuce Coupe in October 1963. Beginning in February 1964, 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 sessions of "I Get Around" and "Little Honda", Brian relieved his father Murry Wilson of his managerial duties after three years. 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. In an interview with Hit Parader, Brian later recalled, "We love the family thing – y'know: three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a really beautiful way to have a group – but the extra generation can become a hang-up."
All Summer Long was to be the Beach Boys' final album which reveled in California beach culture. Only one song explicitly references surfing: "Don't Back Down"; while "Little Honda" is the only hot rod song.
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 Love and the Wilson brothers were photographed on the sand (along with the two women, in various outfits); Jardine was unable to participate in the session due to illness, and his images were added later.
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.
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Biographer Jon Stebbins commented that "The Beach Boys were still a garage band playing most of the instruments, but the production and vocal arrangements were getting more sophisticated... The album represents Brian on the cusp of greatness, with all of the potential for greater things still ahead of him."
The Girls on the Beach
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.
|1.||"I Get Around"||Brian Wilson with Mike Love||2:14|
|2.||"All Summer Long"||Love||2:08|
|3.||"Hushabye" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman)||B. Wilson with Love||2:41|
|5.||"We'll Run Away" (B. Wilson, Gary Usher)||B. Wilson||2:02|
|6.||"Carl's Big Chance" (B. Wilson, Carl Wilson)||instrumental||2:03|
|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 with Dennis Wilson||2:28|
|5.||"Our Favorite Recording Sessions" (B. Wilson, Dennis Wilson, C. Wilson, Love, Al Jardine)||spoken word||2:00|
|6.||"Don't Back Down"||Love with B. Wilson||1:52|
- Mike Love was not originally credited for the songs "I Get Around", "All Summer Long", "Wendy", "Do You Remember?", "Drive-In", and "Don't Back Down" until after a 1990s court case.
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'.
The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar; electric rhythm guitar
- Mike Love – lead and bass vocal
- Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; piano; electric piano, harpsichord; Hammond B3 organ; xylophones or marimba
- Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
- Dennis Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; drums; brushed drums; percussion; opening voice on "Little Honda"
Session musicians and technical staff
- Hal Blaine – timbales with brush, rim with thin stick
- Bob (surname unknown) – engineer on "Girls On the Beach"
- Chuck Britz – engineer
- Glen Campbell – 6-string electric bass guitar
- Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone
- The Honeys – harmony and backing vocals
- Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone; piccolo or fife
- Ray Pohlman – 6-string electric bass guitar
|1964||US Billboard 200 Albums Chart||4|
|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|
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