Shut Down Volume 2

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Shut Down Volume 2
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 2, 1964
RecordedJanuary 1–10, February 19–20, 1964,
United Western Recorders and Gold Star Studios, Hollywood
GenreHot rod rock
ProducerBrian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down Volume 2
All Summer Long
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Surfin' Safari
Shut Down Volume 2
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Singles from Shut Down Vol. 2
  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun"/"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
    Released: February 3, 1964

Shut Down Volume 2 is the fifth album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released on March 2, 1964 on Capitol. Produced by Brian Wilson, it was the first of three studio albums that the band would release in 1964. The album is the first not to feature rhythm guitarist David Marks, who departed from the band following disagreements with manager Murry Wilson.

The "Volume 2" in the album's title refers to a previously released multi-artist compilation album featuring and named after the Beach Boys' song "Shut Down", issued eight months earlier by the band's label, Capitol. Shut Down Volume 2 reached number 13 in the US charts during a stay of 38 weeks.


The name of the record is based on the Shut Down hot rod compilation released by Capitol in July 1963. The multi-artist compilation, including the Beach Boys songs "Shut Down" and "409", peaked at number seven on the Billboard album charts, showing for 44 weeks.[1][2]

This was the first album to not include David Marks as a performing member, though he remained a legal member until September 27, 1967.[3] While bandmate Al Jardine had appeared on three of the previous four studio albums, this is the first to show him on a front sleeve photograph, taken by Capitol staff photographer George Jerman. The cover shows the band posing next to a selection of cars - notably, a Corvette Sting Ray owned by Dennis Wilson and Pontiac Grand Prix owned by brother Carl.[citation needed]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Recorded just as "Beatlemania" was reaching American shores, Shut Down Volume 2 was intended to solidify the Beach Boys' position as one of the most successful acts in America, furthering the string of hit singles and albums they'd amassed over the past two years. The album was marketed as a "hot rod" collection after its predecessor Little Deuce Coupe and the compilation album Shut Down had performed successfully; despite this, less than half of the songs on the album mention cars.

The multi-tracks for Shut Down Volume 2 went missing shortly after the album's release. In 2009, three reels of session outtakes were unexpectedly retrieved with the help of biographer Jon Stebbins, thanks to a fan who had found and kept the tapes untouched for years. New stereophonic mixes were created by producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd for the compilation Summer Love Songs, which includes an alternate version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" featuring a never-before-heard unused intro section as well as a new stereo mix of "Don't Worry Baby". With these reels, new stereo mixes of "Fun, Fun, Fun", "The Warmth of the Sun" and "Pom Pom Play Girl" were also created in 2013; the first two of these three appearing along with the aforementioned remixed songs on the Made in California boxset, and all five remixes surfacing on the Keep an Eye on Summer - The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 boxset in 2014, which featured select session highlights from these reels.

Commercial performance[edit]

Due in part to the British invasion, the album peaked at 13 on the Billboard charts in the US (number 11 Record World, number 12 Cash Box). Shut Down Volume 2 didn't enter the Billboard albums chart until six weeks after release and stayed a shorter time in the charts (nine months) than their previous albums. Despite the band's relatively sluggish commercial performance at the start of 1964, by the middle of the year, the Beach Boys' career had recovered its momentum.[citation needed] Shut Down Volume 2 was listed by Cash Box as fourth-biggest selling rock album of 1964 and received Gold certification by the RIAA in 1966.

Alternate releases[edit]

Capitol released a 7-inch 33 1/3 "mini-LP" for jukeboxes with six tracks, the front album cover being the same, the back blank. Four jukebox strips were included. Side 1: "Keep an Eye on Summer"/"Fun, Fun, Fun"/"The Warmth of the Sun". Side 2: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"/"In the Parkin' Lot"/"Don't Worry Baby".

In the early 1980s, as part of Capitol Records' repackage series of their Beach Boys albums, Shut Down Volume 2 was retitled Fun Fun Fun and had two tracks deleted: ""Cassius" Love vs. "Sonny" Wilson" and "In the Parkin' Lot."

The album, paired with Surfer Girl, was reissued in the 1990s with bonus tracks: a mono single mix of "Fun, Fun, Fun", a German-language version of "In My Room", and the group's until-then unreleased "I Do" written by Brian Wilson.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Blender2/5 stars[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[8]

The album has received generally mixed or average reviews from critics.

Live performances[edit]

Eight of the 12 songs on the album have been performed live by either the Beach Boys or Brian Wilson as a solo artist, making it one of the most heavily drawn from albums when it comes to live set lists.[9] When considering 3 of those 4 never played tracks are either instrumental or spoken word tracks, essentially eight of the nine songs on the record have been played live.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Fun, Fun, Fun"Brian Wilson/Mike LoveLove2:03
2."Don't Worry Baby"B. Wilson/Roger ChristianB. Wilson2:47
3."In the Parkin' Lot"B. Wilson/ChristianLove2:01
4.""Cassius" Love vs. "Sonny" Wilson"Love/B. Wilsongroup - spoken word3:30
5."The Warmth of the Sun"B. Wilson/LoveB. Wilson2:51
6."This Car of Mine"B. Wilson/LoveDennis Wilson1:35
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Why Do Fools Fall in Love"Frankie Lymon/George GoldnerB. Wilson2:07
2."Pom, Pom Play Girl"B. Wilson/Gary UsherCarl Wilson/Love1:30
3."Keep an Eye on Summer"B. Wilson/Bob NormanB. Wilson/Love2:21
4."Shut Down, Part II"C. WilsonInstrumental2:07
5."Louie, Louie"Richard BerryC. Wilson/Love2:17
6."Denny's Drums"Dennis WilsonInstrumental1:56


Partial credits from Craig Slowinski.[10][11]

The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, handclaps
  • Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals; handclaps; tenor saxophone on "Pom, Pom Play Girl"
  • Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ, handclaps, finger snaps
  • Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, lead guitar, handclaps
  • Dennis Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, drums, handclaps
Additional musicians and production staff

Sales chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1963 US Billboard 200 Albums Chart 13[13]
Year Single Chart Position
1964 "Fun, Fun, Fun" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 4
1964 "Don't Worry Baby" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 24


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  2. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (9 May 1964). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 18 March 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Stebbins, Jon; David Marks (2007). The Lost Beach Boy. London: Virgin Books. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-85227-391-0.
  4. ^ "Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2 album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
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  6. ^ Wolk, Douglas (October 2004). "The Beach Boys Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Volume 2". Blender. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ "The Beach Boys Tour Statistics". Retrieved 28 October 2013.
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  13. ^ "Shut Down, Vol. 2 - The Beach Boys: Awards". AllMusic.