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1967: Sunshine Tomorrow

The Beach Boys’ latest two-CD rarities release, 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow, covers a period of time that is one of their most ignored, but also one of their most artistically interesting. The conventional wisdom about the Beach Boys is that after … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: That’s Why God Made the Radio

February 5, 2011, marked the first time that there was any public confirmation that something interesting was happening with the Beach Boys. That was the date of “A Concert for America: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan,” a benefit concert to … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

After completing That Lucky Old Sun, Brian Wilson went into one of his periodic creative slumps, discovering that he was, at least temporarily, unable to write new songs. Making an album of cover versions seemed the obvious option to keep … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: That Lucky Old Sun

(This essay, for reasons I explain in the first few paragraphs, is one I’ve started and stopped writing at least half a dozen times over a period of months. One of the reasons the third Beach Boys book wasn’t out … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Songs From Here and Back

In 2006 a rather odd, limited edition, release came out, which would (according to Mike Love’s on-stage announcements around that time, anyway) be one of the band’s best selling albums of the last few decades. Songs From Here And Back … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: What I Really Want For Christmas

Since Brian Wilson’s solo recording career became an ongoing project, he has more or less alternated between albums of new material and recordings of other people’s songs, done in his own style. What I Really Want For Christmas could just … Continue reading

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Three Books For Every (Beach) Boy…

You wait all your life for an autobiography by a member of a classic surf vocal group, and then three come along all at once. Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love with James S Hirsch … Continue reading

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