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
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Pet Sounds Sessions

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]


Most of the guests were mainstream country stars who had each had at least one #1 country hit before participating in this album, the four exceptions being James House, Junior Brown, Kathy Troccoli, and Timothy B. Schmit. (Troccoli and Schmit are not primarily country artists, being more closely associated with the Christian and rock genres respectively.)[citation needed]

Tammy Wynette had recorded a version of "In My Room" with Brian Wilson, but it was kept back for the projected Stars and Stripes Vol. 2, which never appeared. Her performance is shown in the television documentary Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds, and was later included on the tribute album Tammy Wynette Remembered in 1998.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly D[4]

Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 easily outsold Summer in Paradise, but overall was not a major hit and was poorly received by critics. Consequently, further volumes in the series were canceled.[citation needed]

The album went out of print for some years, but was reissued on CD in May 2008. Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds features studio footage of its making and interviews with participants. The documentary was the final appearance of Carl Wilson with the original Beach Boys and the last time the original band were together to promote an album until the 50th anniversary reunion album That's Why God Made the Radio in 2012.[citation needed]

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"   Brian Wilson, Christian James House 2:50
3. "409"   Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Gary Usher Junior Brown 2:20
4. "Long, Tall Texan"   Henry Strzelecki Doug Supernaw 4:02
5. "I Get Around"   Brian Wilson, Love Sawyer Brown 2:29
6. "Be True to Your School"   Brian Wilson, Love Toby Keith 3:18
7. "Fun, Fun, Fun"   Brian Wilson, Love Ricky Van Shelton 2:20
8. "Help Me, Rhonda"   Brian Wilson, Love T. Graham Brown 3:10
9. "The Warmth of the Sun"   Brian Wilson, Love Willie Nelson 3:18
10. "Sloop John B"   Traditional; arranged by Brian Wilson Collin Raye 3:45
11. "I Can Hear Music"   Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector Kathy Troccoli 3:14
12. "Caroline, No"   Brian 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. ^ Nash, Alanna. "Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1". Entertainment Weekly.