Good Time (The Beach Boys song)

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"Good Time"
Good Time single.jpg
Single by American Spring
from the album Spring
B-side "Sweet Mountain"
Released May 1, 1972[1]
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1970–72
Brian Wilson's home studio, Los Angeles
Length 2:49
Label United Artists Records
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson and Al Jardine
Producer(s) Brian Wilson, Stephen Desper
American Spring singles chronology
"Now That Everything's Been Said"
"Good Time"
"Shyin' Away"
"Now That Everything's Been Said"
"Good Time"
"Shyin' Away"
Audio sample
"Good Time"
Song by The Beach Boys
from the album Love You
Released April 11, 1977
Recorded 1970
Length 2:50
Label Brother/Reprise
Songwriter(s) Brian Wilson and Al Jardine
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Love You track listing
"Johnny Carson"
"Good Time"
"Honkin' Down The Highway"

"Good Time" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Al Jardine for the American rock band the Beach Boys. The instrumental track and vocals were recorded by the group in early 1970 but was left unreleased by the group until the 1977 album Love You. In 1972 American pop duo American Spring released "Good Time" as their second single, recording their voices atop the Beach Boys' instrumental track.[2]

Recording history[edit]

The basic track for "Good Time" was first recorded by the Beach Boys on January 7, 1970 at Brian Wilson's home studio with horns and strings overdubbed at a later date.[3] David Sandler remembers that when the session players arrived to Wilson's home, "he went to his office and wrote horn charts while talking to me. It was an amazing horn line, with this overriding French horn riff, and he did the whole thing while having a conversation with me."[4] The track was included on the provisional track listing for Add Some Music, but when that album and Reverberation were reconfigured by Warner Bros. Records into Sunflower, "Good Time" was not included.[5]

In the second quarter of 1972, Marilyn Wilson of American Spring overdubbed a lead vocal atop the backing track and backing vocals from the Beach Boys' 1970 session with further work done by producers Brian Wilson, David Sandler and Stephen Desper. This version of Good Time was issued as a single on May 1, 1972 and was later included on their début album Spring.[1][6]

An early take of "Good Time" reportedly features either Brian or Bruce Johnston seguing into a piano rendition of the Beatles' "You Never Give Me Your Money".[7]

The Beach Boys released an unadorned version of the original 1970 take of "Good Time" on their twenty-first studio album Love You in 1977.[8]

The Beach Boys version[edit]


The Beach Boys

American Spring version[edit]


American Spring
  • Marilyn Wilson  – lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • Diane Rovell  – harmony and backing vocals
Additional musicians and production staff


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  2. ^ Diken, Dennis; Buck, Peter (2000). 15 Big Ones/Love You (booklet). The Beach Boys. California: Capitol Records. p. 2. 72435-27945-2-2 |url= missing title (help). 
  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. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Rodale. ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2. 
  5. ^ White, Timothy (2000). Sunflower/Surf's Up (Media notes). The Beach Boys. California: Capitol Records. 72435-27945-2-2 |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Spring - Spring : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Chidester, Brian (March 7, 2014). "Busy Doin' Somethin': Uncovering Brian Wilson's Lost Bedroom Tapes". Paste. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kempke, D. Erik (August 15, 2000). "The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones/Love You : Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media Inc. Retrieved October 27, 2012.