Little Deuce Coupe
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|Little Deuce Coupe|
|Studio album by The Beach Boys|
|Released||October 7, 1963|
|Studio||United Western Recorders, Hollywood|
|Genre||Hot rod rock|
|The Beach Boys chronology|
|The Beach Boys UK chronology|
Little Deuce Coupe is the fourth studio album by American rock the Beach Boys, and their third album release in 1963. It reached number four in the United States during a 46-week chart stay, and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. It is considered to be one of the earliest examples of a rock concept album.
The album was released three weeks after Surfer Girl. Four of the tracks from Little Deuce Coupe ("Shut Down", "409", "Our Car Club" and "Little Deuce Coupe") had already appeared on previous albums, and discounting an alternate recording of "Be True to Your School", no tracks from the album were issued as an A-sided single.
In the summer of 1963, Capitol Records compiled a "hot rod" compilation album called Shut Down, including the Beach Boys' song of the same name and "409"—without their approval or involvement. Brian Wilson promptly readied several songs he had already been working on (mainly with radio DJ Roger Christian) and the band hastily went through recording sessions to put Little Deuce Coupe on the record shop racks, remarkably, one month after Surfer Girl had come out. Eight of the tracks were new, while "Little Deuce Coupe", "Our Car Club", "Shut Down" and "409" had all come out on one of their previous three albums.
Although Nick Venet was listed as producer for "Shut Down" and Murry Wilson for "409", the official producer's credit for the entire Little Deuce Coupe album cites only Brian Wilson. Despite the rushed nature of the album's sessions, Brian Wilson's song arrangements were notably becoming more complex, specifically songs like "No-Go Showboat" and "Custom Machine". After its recording, Brian Wilson re-recorded "Be True to Your School" for single release, resulting in another top 10 hit. An original Christmas-themed composition, "Little Saint Nick" was also recorded, produced and issued as a Christmas single.
This was the last Beach Boys album to officially include rhythm guitarist David Marks until 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio. Original member Al Jardine made his permanent return preceding this album's sessions, and Marks departed shortly thereafter.
As with the preceding Surfer Girl album, the date assigned for recording all eight of the new tracks (September 2, 1963) is highly doubtful. However, as no AFM contracts from these sessions are known to exist, the actual dates are currently unknown.
Title and cover art
A 'Deuce Coupe' is a 1932 Ford Coupe (deuce being for the year). This was considered by many to be the definitive "hot rod". The Model B had four cylinders and the Model 18 featured the Ford flathead V8 engine when the car was introduced. A pink slip (mentioned in the lyrics) was the title to the car, named for the color of the paper then used in California vehicle ownership certificates.
The picture featured on the front cover of the album was supplied by Hot Rod magazine, and features the body (with his head cropped in the photo) of hod-rod owner Clarence 'Chili' Catallo and his own customized three-window 1932 Ford Coupe - known amongst hot rod enthusiasts as "the lil' deuce coupe".
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|1.||"Little Deuce Coupe"||Mike Love||1:38|
|2.||"Ballad of Ole' Betsy"||Brian Wilson||2:15|
|3.||"Be True to Your School" (B. Wilson/Love)||Love||2:06|
|4.||"Car Crazy Cutie"||B. Wilson||2:47|
|5.||"Cherry, Cherry Coupe"||Love||1:47|
|6.||"409" (B. Wilson/Gary Usher/Love)||Love||1:58|
|2.||"Spirit of America"||B. Wilson||2:23|
|3.||"Our Car Club" (B. Wilson/Love)||Love with B. Wilson||2:21|
|4.||"No-Go Showboat"||B. Wilson with Love||1:54|
|5.||"A Young Man Is Gone" (Troup/Love)||group||2:15|
|6.||"Custom Machine" (B. Wilson/Love)||Love||1:38|
|2001 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|13.||"Be True to Your School (single version)"||B. Wilson/Love||Love||2:10|
|14.||"All Dressed Up for School"||B. Wilson||Carl Wilson||2:24|
|15.||"Little Honda (Alternate take)"||B. Wilson/Love||Love||2:13|
|16.||"Don't Back Down (Alternate take)"||B. Wilson/Love||Love||1:39|
The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar
- Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals; saxophone
- David Marks – harmony and backing vocals; rhythm guitar
- Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar
- Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; lead guitar
- Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums
- 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. p. 42
- Allmusic review
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- Roy, Rex (August 27, 2009). "Surfers Met Rodders, and a Genre Was Born". The New York Times.
- Wallace, Dave (October 19, 2012). "Little Deuce Coupe". Hot Rod.
- Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990.
- The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience, Timothy White, c. 1994.