Endless Summer (The Beach Boys album)

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Endless Summer
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedJune 24, 1974 (1974-06-24)
RecordedApril 1962 (1962-04)–June 1965 (1965-06)
Length46:50 (LP)
51:09 (CD)
ProducerBrian Wilson, Nick Venet
The Beach Boys chronology
The Beach Boys in Concert
Endless Summer
Spirit of America
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[4]

Endless Summer is a compilation album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on June 24, 1974. A collection of hits from the band's 1962–65 period, Endless Summer was compiled by their old label, Capitol Records, while the Beach Boys were contracted to Reprise Records. Its unexpected success bore immediate consequences for the band's then-progressive musical direction.

Four months after its release, the album reached number 1 in the United States and Canada. It was the group's second chart-topping album in the US and returned them to a level of commercial success they had not experienced there since the mid 1960s. The compilation spent 155 weeks on the Billboard albums chart and was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA for shipping over three million copies.


In 1992, Mike Love noted, "They were going to do a Best Of The Beach Boys Volume Three in 19- , whatever the hell it was, and I came in there and went, "Wait a second, call it Endless Summer, instead of being Volume Three which sound nauseating to me. Endless Summer has a whole other vibe to it and sold several million copies just with the switch of the title. But then I'm a title guy anyway."[5]


Initial pressings of this album contained a poster depicting an airplane flying a Beach Boys banner. While the album is limited entirely to the band's 1960s material, the cover artwork reflected the Beach Boys' 1970s appearance. The artwork illustrator was Keith McConnell (who also did the artwork for their follow-ups, Spirit of America and Sunshine Dream). With vegetation in the foreground, it also seems to evoke images of the band's late 1960s Smiley Smile album, although none of the songs on the original pressing are from Smiley Smile ("Good Vibrations" was added to the CD release of the album in 1987).


Although originally released as a double album (two LPs in a gatefold sleeve) in the US, the album was released in the UK on a single LP with 10 songs on each side.

The records were pressed with Sides 1 & 4 on one disc and Sides 2 & 3 on the other.

The cassette version differs slightly as to the sequence of tracks. Side 1 features all tracks from Sides 1 & 2 in the same order plus "I Get Around" from Side 3. Side 2 includes the remaining tracks from Sides 3 & 4 in the same order with the exception of "Girls on the Beach" and "Wendy" which were 'swapped'.

The song "Help Me, Ronda," the version from the album The Beach Boys Today!, which was the one included in this album, was retitled "Help Me, Rhonda," like the hit single version. It was featured as one of two Beach Boys tracks in a promotional-only various artists compilation album issued by Capitol records entitled The Greatest Music Ever Sold (Capitol SPRO-8511/8512), that was distributed to record stores during the 1976 Holiday season as part of Capitol's "Greatest Music Ever Sold" campaign, which promoted 15 "Best Of" albums released by the record label. The song was once again retitled "Help Me, Rhonda," for this compilation album. "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Spirit of America was the other Beach Boys song to be included.

The DCC Compact Classics Gold Disc of Endless Summer uses the single versions of "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Be True to Your School" rather than the album versions.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side 1
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Surfin' Safari"Surfin' Safari, 19622:05
2."Surfer Girl" (Brian Wilson)Surfer Girl, 19632:26
3."Catch a Wave"Surfer Girl2:07
4."The Warmth of the Sun"Shut Down Volume 2, 19642:51
5."Surfin' U.S.A." (B. Wilson/Chuck Berry)Surfin' U.S.A., 19632:27
Side 2
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Be True to Your School"Little Deuce Coupe, 19632:07
2."Little Deuce Coupe" (B. Wilson/Roger Christian)Surfer Girl1:38
3."In My Room" (B. Wilson/Gary Usher)Surfer Girl2:11
4."Shut Down" (B. Wilson/Christian)Surfin' U.S.A.1:49
5."Fun, Fun, Fun"Shut Down Volume 22:16
Side 3
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."I Get Around"All Summer Long, 19642:12
2."Girls on the Beach" (B. Wilson)All Summer Long2:24
3."Wendy"All Summer Long2:16
4."Let Him Run Wild"Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), 19652:20
5."Don't Worry Baby" (B. Wilson/Christian)Shut Down Volume 22:47
Side 4
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."California Girls"Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)2:38
2."Girl Don't Tell Me" (B. Wilson)Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)2:19
3."Help Me, Rhonda"The Beach Boys Today!, 19653:08
4."You're So Good to Me"Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)2:14
5."All Summer Long"All Summer Long2:06
1987 CD bonus track
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
21."Good Vibrations"Smiley Smile, 19673:35

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 1


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Endless Summer at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 84. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  4. ^ "The Beach Boys: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. 2004. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Mike Love interview". troun.tripod.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.