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Aborted album by The Beach Boys
Recorded October 20, 1969 (1969-10-20) – June 3, 1977 (1977-06-03), Los Angeles, California
Genre Big band, rock, pop
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys recording chronology
Love You
(1977)Love You1977
M.I.U. Album
(1967)M.I.U. Album1967

Adult/Child is an unreleased album by American rock band the Beach Boys which was produced and largely written by Brian Wilson. Had the album been released after it were assembled on June 27, 1977 it would have been the band's twenty-second studio album.


Following the assembly of the Love You album in January 1977, the tracks for Adult/Child were sporadically recorded. From February to May the bulk of the album was recorded. Four tracks, "Life is for the Living", "On Broadway", "Still I Dream of It" and "It's Over Now" were arranged by Dick Reynolds who had worked with the Beach Boys one time before, on the 1964 album The Beach Boys' Christmas Album.

When the album was assembled on the 27th of June 1977, "H.E.L.P. is on the Way" and "Games Two Can Play" were chosen to feature on the album


Though publicized as the Beach Boys' next release, Adult/Child, reportedly the "big band" tracks in particular, created tension within the group causing the record to ultimately be shelved. Other accounts have said it was rejected by Warner Records due to it not meeting their expectations. Only "Hey Little Tomboy" made it onto a studio album by the Beach Boys, 1977's M.I.U. Album. The other unreleased songs that would have been on the album were subsequently leaked to the public via bootleg. In 1993, "Still I Dream of It", "H.E.L.P. is on the Way", "Games Two Can Play" and "It's Over Now" were all officially released on Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys. The version of "It's Over Now" that appeared on this release appeared at the wrong tape speed, the corrected mix was subsequently released on the 2013 box-set Made in California.

The demo for "Still I Dream of It" was eventually released on the 1995 album I Just Wasn't Made for These Times by Brian Wilson.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) lead vocals Length
1. "Life is for the Living" Brian Wilson Carl Wilson/B. Wilson 1:53
2. "Hey Little Tomboy" Brian Wilson Mike Love/B.Wilson/Carl Wilson 2:22
3. "Deep Purple" Peter DeRose B. Wilson 2:23
4. "H.E.L.P. is on the Way" B. Wilson Mike Love 2:20
5. "It's Over Now" B. Wilson C. Wilson/Marilyn Wilson 2:49
6. "Everybody Wants to Live" B. Wilson C. Wilson/B. Wilson 3:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) lead vocals Length
1. "Shortenin' Bread" Trad., arr. B. Wilson C. Wilson/B. Wilson 2:42
2. "Lines" B. Wilson C. Wilson/B. Wilson 2:27
3. "On Broadway" Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Jardine 3:14
4. "Games Two Can Play" B. Wilson B. Wilson 2:37
5. "It's Trying to Say" B. Wilson Dennis Wilson 3:29
6. "Still I Dream of It" B. Wilson Jardine/Love 3:14


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