Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys

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Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys
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Greatest hits album by The Beach Boys
Released June 10, 2003
Recorded April 1962–Spring 1988
Genre Rock
Length 75:58
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson, Murry Wilson, Nick Venet, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine, Ron Altbach, Bruce Johnston, James William Guercio, Steve Levine and Terry Melcher
The Beach Boys chronology
Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980
(2002)
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys
(2003)
The Platinum Collection (Sounds of Summer Edition)
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys is a 2003 compilation of music by The Beach Boys released through Capitol Records. This collection is the most expansive compilation ever issued of their music, with 30 tracks clocking in at over 76 minutes and grabbing nearly every US Top 40 hit of their career, except for 1965's number 20 hit "The Little Girl I Once Knew", and the 1976 top-30 hit "It's O.K.". In 2011, Mike Love stated, "Sounds of Summer is fast approaching selling three million copies – if it's triple-platinum, which is, you know, pretty good. And by the time this 50th celebration is over, it'll probably be more than triple-platinum."[2]

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys was released in a market already containing the three volumes of hits issued during 1999 and 2000, but that did little to deter shoppers, who were responsible for shooting the CD into the US charts at number 16 (their highest peak since 1976's 15 Big Ones) and a lengthy 104-week stay. Currently certified triple platinum, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys was re-issued with a DVD component in 2004 with the regular edition remaining available.

In 2007, the album was succeeded by The Warmth of the Sun, which is composed of fan favorites and hits that were left off Sounds of Summer.

The album was re-released on February 7, 2012 as the Celebration Merch Set which featured the original CD along with a t-shirt celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "California Girls" (Brian Wilson, Mike Love [1965]) – 2:44
  2. "I Get Around" (B. Wilson, Love [1964]) – 2:13
  3. "Surfin' Safari" (B. Wilson, Love [1962]) – 2:05
  4. "Surfin' U.S.A." (B. Wilson, Chuck Berry [1963]) – 2:27
  5. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (B. Wilson, Love [1964]) – 2:18
  6. "Surfer Girl" (B. Wilson [1963]) – 2:27
  7. "Don't Worry Baby" (B. Wilson, Roger Christian [1964]) – 2:47
  8. "Little Deuce Coupe" (B. Wilson, Christian [1963]) – 1:38
  9. "Shut Down" (B. Wilson, Christian, Love [1963]) – 1:48
    • Exclusive new stereo remix
  10. "Help Me, Rhonda" (B. Wilson, Love [1965]) – 2:46
  11. "Be True to Your School" (B. Wilson, Love [1963]) – 2:08
  12. "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" (B. Wilson, Love [1964]) – 2:02
  13. "In My Room" (B. Wilson, Gary Usher [1963]) – 2:12
  14. "God Only Knows" (B. Wilson, Tony Asher [1966]) – 2:51
  15. "Sloop John B" (Traditional; arranged by B. Wilson [1966]) – 2:57
  16. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (B. Wilson, Asher, Love [1966]) – 2:31
    • Revised stereo remix from 2001 re-issue of Pet Sounds
  17. "Getcha Back" (Love, Terry Melcher [1985]) – 3:00
  18. "Come Go with Me" (C.E. Quick [1978]) – 2:05
  19. "Rock and Roll Music" (Berry [1976]) – 2:27
  20. "Dance, Dance, Dance" (B. Wilson, Carl Wilson, Love [1964]) – 2:00
    • Exclusive new stereo remix
  21. "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert [1965]) – 2:11
  22. "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman [1965]) – 2:18
  23. "Heroes and Villains" (B. Wilson, Van Dyke Parks [1967]) – 3:38
  24. "Good Timin'" (B. Wilson, C. Wilson [1979]) – 2:12
  25. "Kokomo" (Love, John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Melcher [1988]) – 3:35
  26. "Do It Again" (B. Wilson, Love [1968]) – 2:18
  27. "Wild Honey" (B. Wilson, Love [1967]) – 2:37
  28. "Darlin'" (B. Wilson, Love [1967]) – 2:12
  29. "I Can Hear Music" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector [1969]) – 2:36
  30. "Good Vibrations" (B. Wilson, Love [1966]) – 3:36

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys (Capitol 72435 82710 2) hit number 16 in the US during a chart stay of 104 weeks.

DVD: Sights of Summer[edit]

  1. "Surfin' U.S.A."
  2. "I Get Around"
  3. "Surfer Girl"
  4. "Dance, Dance, Dance"
  5. "Little Deuce Coupe"
  6. "Sloop John B"
  7. "Pet Sounds promo film"
  8. "God Only Knows"
  9. "Good Vibrations"
  10. "Do It Again"
  • 1-4 Live on The T.A.M.I. Show, 1964
  • 5 Live from the Lost Concert, 1964
  • 6 Promotional Video, 1966
  • 7 Promo film, 1966
  • 8 Live montage, 1967 & 1968
  • 9-10 Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1968

References[edit]

  • Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys CD booklet notes, Anthony DeCurtis, c.2003
  • Allmusic.com