Spirit of America (The Beach Boys album)

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Spirit of America
SpiritBBCover.jpg
Greatest hits album by The Beach Boys
Released April 14, 1975
Recorded April 1962–April 1969
Genre Rock
Length 48:52
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson,
The Beach Boys
and Nick Venet
The Beach Boys chronology
Endless Summer
(1974)Endless Summer1974
Spirit of America
(1975)
Good Vibrations – Best of The Beach Boys
(1975)Good Vibrations – Best of The Beach Boys1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 3/5[3]

Spirit of America is the 1975 follow-up to the Capitol Records compilation of music by The Beach Boys, Endless Summer, released the previous year. After the enormous success of its predecessor, Capitol rounded up the few remaining early hits that were not released on Endless Summer, as well as some worthy album tracks, in addition to two rare singles, "The Little Girl I Once Knew" and "Break Away". Although it features only a handful of genuine hits, Spirit of America proved to be another success for The Beach Boys' former label, reaching No. 8 in the US and going gold. The "Spirit of America" (and "Endless Summer") record album cover art illustrator is Keith McConnell.

As with Endless Summer, Spirit of America was compiled and released while The Beach Boys were contracted with Reprise Records and, as such, is not considered an "official" album.

Due to the appearance of more comprehensive and updated hit packages, Endless Summer, Spirit of America, and the 1982 followup Sunshine Dream have long since gone out of print.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side 1
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson/Mike Love) The Beach Boys Today!, 1965 1:59
2. "Break Away" (Brian Wilson/Reggie Dunbar aka Murry Wilson) 1969 single 2:54
3. "A Young Man Is Gone" (Bobby Troup/Mike Love) Little Deuce Coupe, 1963 2:15
4. "409" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Gary Usher) Surfin' Safari, 1962 2:00
5. "The Little Girl I Once Knew" (Brian Wilson) The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3, 1968 2:36
6. "Spirit of America" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) Little Deuce Coupe 2:23


Side 2
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Little Honda" All Summer Long, 1964 1:51
2. "Hushabye" (D. Pomus/M. Shuman) All Summer Long 2:40
3. "Hawaii" Surfer Girl, 1963 1:59
4. "Drive-In" All Summer Long 1:50
5. "Good to My Baby" The Beach Boys Today! 2:17
6. "Tell Me Why" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) Beach Boys' Party!, 1965 1:38


Side 3
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Do You Remember?" All Summer Long 1:37
2. "This Car of Mine" Shut Down Volume 2, 1964 1:35
3. "Please Let Me Wonder" The Beach Boys Today! 2:45
4. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (Frankie Lymon/Morris Levy) Shut Down Volume 2, 1964 1:58
5. "Custom Machine" Little Deuce Coupe 1:38


Side 4
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert) Beach Boys' Party! 2:07
2. "Salt Lake City" Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), 1965 2:00
3. "Don't Back Down" All Summer Long 1:44
4. "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" The Beach Boys Today! 2:02
5. "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) The Beach Boys Today! 2:18
6. "Graduation Day (J. Sherman/N. Sherman) – 3:30" (J. Sherman/N. Sherman) Beach Boys Concert, 1964 3:30


This album was also released as a limited-edition Gold CD, and included 2 bonus tracks: "Darlin" and "I Can Hear Music". In addition, the live recording of "Graduation Day" was substituted with the studio version.

Spirit of America (Capitol SVBB 11384) hit number 8 in the US during a chart stay of 43 weeks.

As with the Endless Summer compilation, the 2-record set was pressed with Sides 1 & 4 on one disc and Sides 2 & 3 on the other.

Side 1 of the cassette version features all tracks from Sides 1 & 2 except "Tell Me Why", which was placed on Side 2 as the first track, followed by Sides 3 & 4

The song "Dance, Dance, Dance" featured in this album was also one of 2 Beach Boys tracks included in a promotional-only various artists compilation album issued by Capitol records entitled "The Greatest Music Ever Sold" (Capitol SPRO-8511/8512), which 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 that were released by the record label. "Help Me, Rhonda" (the retitled original "Help Me, Ronda") from "Endless Summer" was the other Beach Boys song included.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Spirit of America 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.