Summer Means New Love

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"Summer Means New Love"
Instrumental by The Beach Boys
from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
ReleasedJune 28, 1965 (1965-06-28)
RecordedMay 12 and June 1, 1965
StudioUnknown studio; overdubs recorded at CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
GenreOrchestral pop
Composer(s)Brian Wilson
Producer(s)Brian Wilson
"Summer Means New Love"
Single by Brian Wilson
A-side"Caroline, No"
ReleasedMarch 7, 1966 (1966-03-07)
Format7" vinyl
Brian Wilson singles chronology
"Summer Means New Love"
"Gettin' Hungry"

"Summer Means New Love" is an instrumental composed by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was originally released on June 28, 1965 on their album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). A year later, it was released as the B-side to Brian Wilson's first single, "Caroline, No", which subsequently appeared on Pet Sounds.[1]

The instrumental has been cited as one forerunner to the type of arrangements Brian Wilson would later experiment with on Pet Sounds the following year.[2] It has since been covered by several artists with new, original lyrics – including by Wilson himself.


"Summer Means New Love" was recorded over two dates. The primary instrumental track was recorded on May 12, at an unknown studio, with the guitar overdubbed at a June 1 session at CBS Columbia Square.[3]


Per Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski.[3]

The Beach Boys
Session musicians and production staff

Release history[edit]

The track was first released in 1965 in mono on the band's album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) . On August 29, 2006, Capitol released the 40th Anniversary version of Pet Sounds with a 5.1 mix of Summer Means New Love being assembled for the first time. In 2012, the first stereo mix of the track was released on a reissue of Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)[4]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 96
  2. ^ Hickey, Andrew (2011). The Beach Boys On CD vol 1: 1961 - 1969.
  3. ^ a b Boyd, Alan; Slowinski, Craig (2016). "Pet Sounds Sessionography". Pet Sounds (CD Liner). The Beach Boys. Capitol Records.
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "MONOSTEREO". Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Fine, Jason (July 18, 2014). "Brian Wilson's Girl-Powered LP: In the Studio With the Beach Boy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 18, 2014.