Stars and Stripes Vol. 1

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Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released August 19, 1996
Recorded October 5, 1995 -
June 12, 1996
Genre Rock, country pop
Length 37:47
Label River North Records
Producer Joe Thomas
Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
(1993)Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys1993
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Pet Sounds Sessions
(1997)The Pet Sounds Sessions1997

Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 is the 28th studio album by American rock band The Beach Boys, released on August 19, 1996 on River North Records. Produced by Joe Thomas and Brian Wilson, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 is a collaborative album between The Beach Boys and various country musicians. Despite its Vol. 1 sub-title, the album is the band's only venture into the genre of country pop music, and is the last studio album to feature founding member Carl Wilson who died in 1998.

Brian Wilson, at the time recently remarried and in his best mental state for many years, was persuaded to re-join the group and act as co-producer.[citation needed] According to Brian's wife Melinda, during the album's recording, "They [the Beach Boys] treated him [Brian] like an invalid, all the time saying, 'Do this, don't do that, are you okay?'"[1] The album's failure prevented him from getting a record contract, leaving the group's highly anticipated Andy Paley collaborations in limbo.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 1/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly D[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals / featured artist Length
1. "Don't Worry, Baby" Brian Wilson, Roger Christian Lorrie Morgan 3:16
2. "Little Deuce Coupe" Wilson, Christian James House 2:50
3. "409" Wilson, Mike Love, Gary Usher Junior Brown 2:20
4. "Long, Tall Texan" Henry Strzelecki Doug Supernaw 4:02
5. "I Get Around" Wilson, Love Sawyer Brown 2:29
6. "Be True to Your School" Wilson, Love Toby Keith 3:18
7. "Fun, Fun, Fun" Wilson, Love Ricky Van Shelton 2:20
8. "Help Me, Rhonda" Wilson, Love T. Graham Brown 3:10
9. "The Warmth of the Sun" Wilson, Love Willie Nelson 3:18
10. "Sloop John B" Traditional; arranged by Wilson Collin Raye 3:45
11. "I Can Hear Music" Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector Kathy Troccoli 3:14
12. "Caroline, No" Wilson, Tony Asher Timothy B. Schmit 3:19

Sales chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 Albums 101
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 12
Canadian RPM Country Albums 11
Year Single Chart Positions
US AC US Country CAN Country
1996 "I Can Hear Music" (with Kathy Troccoli) 16
"Don't Worry Baby" (with Lorrie Morgan) 73
"Little Deuce Coupe" (with James House) 69 41
"Long Tall Texan" (with Doug Supernaw) 69 82


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  1. ^ Carlin 2006, p. 285.
  2. ^ Crisafulli, Chuck (June 1997). "Why Can't Brian Wilson Get a Record Deal?" (PDF). Request. Archived from the original on June 30, 1998. 
  3. ^ Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 at AllMusic
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4. 
  5. ^ Nash, Alanna. "Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1". Entertainment Weekly.