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Beach Boys Made in California Box

On my way to sunny California, on my way to spend another sunny day…

The sounds of summer will be in perfect harmony on August 27 when Capitol Records releases the

Beach Boys’ long-awaited, retrospective box set Made in CaliforniaWord first came last summer of the 50th anniversary box, as the reunited group of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks were winding down a phenomenally successful world tour.  Since then, the Love/Johnston faction of the band has resumed touring, while Wilson, Jardine and Marks have announced a number of live dates to come this summer.  A 2-CD chronicle of the 2012 tour has just been released, and last week, Brian Wilson announced his return as a solo artist to Capitol Records for an as-yet-unscheduled album to feature Jardine, Marks, and guests including Jeff Beck.

Though a late 2012 arrival was originally planned, the band intends to prove that good things do come to those who wait with this latest celebratory project.  Made in California details the Hawthorne, California band’s history from 1961 to the present day over 6 CDs, with more than 7-1/2 hours of music and 60 previously unreleased tracks (17 of them live)Designed in the style of a high school yearbook, Made in California tells the Beach Boys’ story through all of their hits plus never-before-released songs, alternate takes, demos, rare mixes, and live performances.

Take the plunge and hit the jump for all of the details including the complete track listing!  The water’s fine!

The first disc of Made in California takes Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks and Al Jardine from 1961 (previously unissued home recordings and rehearsal highlights of “Surfin’”) to 1964 (Top 10 single “Dance, Dance, Dance”), taking in the No. 1 hit “I Get Around” with a session introduction and other favorites including “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfin’ Safari,” “In My Room,” “The Warmth of the Sun” and “All Summer Long.”  The second disc kicks off with Dennis Wilson’s rare lead on 1965’s “Do You Wanna Dance” in its 2012 true stereo mix, and ends with the title track to 1967’s Wild Honey in its true stereo mix.  This disc is an exploration of Brian Wilson’s most creatively fertile period in which he and his bandmates and collaborators created Pet Sounds and SMiLE.  Both albums are represented extensively, and the CD also finds room for “California Girls” (Bruce Johnston’s first appearance on record with The Beach Boys), “Barbara Ann” and the yearning “Let Him Run Wild.”

Beach Boys - Made in CaliforniaCarl Wilson’s R&B lead on “Darlin’” from Wild Honey opens the third disc, which takes in highlights from Friends (“Friends,” “Little Bird,” “Busy Doin’ Nothin’”), 20/20 (“Be with Me,” “I Can Hear Music,” “Time to Get Alone”), Sunflower (“Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Forever,” “This Whole World”), and Surf’s Up (the majestic title track, the stunning “’Til I Die”).  There are also a number of rarities on this disc such as Dennis Wilson’s “Fallin’ in Love (Lady)” and the never-on-CD “Sound of Free,” plus 2012 mixes of “Sail Plane Song,” “We’re Together Again,” and Al Jardine’s “Susie Cincinnati.”  The fourth CD continues with more from Surf’s Up (Carl Wilson’s psychedelic tour de force “Feel Flows,” Bruce Johnston’s warmly nostalgic “Disney Girls (1957)”) before revisiting Carl and the Passions – So Tough (Jardine, Love and Carl Wilson’s Transcendental Meditation-inspired “All This is That,” Brian’s rocking “Marcella”), Holland (“Sail On, Sailor,” “California Saga – California,” “The Trader”), 15 Big Ones (“It’s OK,” “Had to Phone Ya,” an extended “Rock and Roll Music”), The Beach Boys Love You (the quirky “Solar System,” the ravishing “The Night is So Young”), M.I.U. Album (“Come Go with Me”) and L.A. (Light Album) (the back-to-basics “Good Timin,’” Carl’s “Angel Come Home,” Dennis’ “Baby Blue”).  This CD also showcases the brief addition of Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar to the line-up.  But the rarities on this disc will most impress, including Dennis Wilson’s near-mythic “(Wouldn’t It Be Nice to) Live Again,” the Beach Boys’ original take of Brian and Steve Kalinich’s “California Feelin’” with Carl, Bruce and Brian on lead, and a 2012 mix of “It’s a Beautiful Day” from the Americathon soundtrack.

The box’s fifth CD presents highlights from Keepin’ the Summer Alive (“Goin’ On”), the Steve Levine-produced The Beach Boys (“Getcha Back”), Made in U.S.A. (“California’ Dreamin’”), Still Cruisin’ (the inevitable “Kokomo,” originally on the Cocktail soundtrack) and 2012’s reunion That’s Why God Made the Radio (the title track, the single version of “Isn’t It Time”).  The never-before-released “Soul Searchin’” and “You’re Still a Mystery” – The Beach Boys’ final recordings together with Carl Wilson – are the indisputable highlights of this disc, which also includes a lengthy live-in-concert portion.  Fifteen songs span the period of 1965 to 1993.  (The much-maligned Summer in Paradise studio album, which lacked any involvement from Brian Wilson, is represented via a 1993 live performance of its title track.)

The final CD offers 31 more unreleased tracks including a “Stack-o-Tracks” instrumental treatment of Glen Campbell’s “Guess I’m Dumb” (perhaps the best non-Beach Boys production ever by Brian Wilson), a cappella versions of “Slip on Through” and “This Whole World,” 15 Big Ones outtake “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,”  a demo of the dark “Be with Me,” the “California Feelin’” demo, and the outtake “Sherry, She Needs Me,” which became “She Says That She Needs Me” on Brian’s Imagination album.  Radio spots and BBC performances also appear on this exciting grab-bag of vault material.

Made in California is packaged in a pseudo-high school yearbook, and contains hand-written, yearbook-style inscriptions from the surviving band members, plus essays and rare photos.  It’s due in stores on August 27 from Capitol Records, and can be pre-ordered at the link below!

The Beach Boys, Made in California (Capitol, 2013) (Amazon U.K. link not yet active)

CD 1

  1. Home Recordings / Surfin’ Rehearsal Highlights (2012 Edit – Mono)
  2. Surfin’ (with Session Intro – Mono)
  3. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring (Demo – Mono)
  4. Surfin’ Safari (Original Mono Long Version)
  5. 409 (Original Mono Long Version)
  6. Lonely Sea (Original Mono Mix)
  7. Surfin’ U.S.A.
  8. Shut Down (2003 Stereo Mix)
  9. Surfer Girl
  10. Little Deuce Coupe
  11. Catch A Wave
  12. Our Car Club
  13. Surfers Rule (with Session Intro)
  14. In My Room
  15. Back Home
  16. Be True To Your School (Mono Single Version)
  17. Ballad Of Ole’ Betsy
  18. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Single Version)
  19. Fun, Fun, Fun (Mono Single Version)
  20. Little Honda
  21. Don’t Worry Baby (2009 Stereo Mix)
  22. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)
  23. The Warmth Of The Sun
  24. I Get Around (with Session Intro – Mono)
  25. Wendy (2007 Stereo Mix)
  26. All Summer Long (2007 Stereo Mix)
  27. Girls On The Beach
  28. Don’t Back Down
  29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (2012 Stereo Mix)
  30. All Dressed Up For School (Mono)
  31. Please Let Me Wonder (2007 Stereo Mix)
  32. Kiss Me, Baby (2000 Stereo Mix)
  33. In The Back of My Mind (2012 Stereo Mix)
  34. Dance, Dance, Dance (2003 Stereo Mix)

CD 2

  1. Do You Wanna Dance (2012 Stereo Mix)
  2. Help Me, Rhonda (Mono Single Version)
  3. California Girls (2002 Stereo Mix)
  4. Amusement Parks USA (Early Version)
  5. Salt Lake City (2001 Stereo Mix)
  6. Let Him Run Wild (2007 Stereo Mix)
  7. Graduation Day (Session Excerpt and Master Take, 2012 Mix)
  8. The Little Girl I Once Knew (Mono)
  9. There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (2012 “Unplugged” Mix with Party Session Intro)
  10. Barbara Ann (2012 Stereo Mix)
  11. Radio Spot “Wonderful KYA” (Mono)
  12. Sloop John B (1996 Stereo Mix)
  13. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2001 Stereo Mix)
  14. God Only Knows (1996 Stereo Mix)
  15. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (1996 Stereo Mix)
  16. Caroline No (1996 Stereo Mix)
  17. Good Vibrations (Mono)
  18. Our Prayer (2012 “Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  19. Heroes And Villains: Part 1 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  20. Heroes And Villains: Part 2 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  21. Vega-Tables (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  22. Wind Chimes (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  23. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  24. Cabin Essence (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  25. Heroes And Villains (2012 Stereo Mix)
  26. Wonderful (2012 Stereo Mix)
  27. Country Air (2012 Stereo Mix)
  28. Wild Honey (2012 Stereo Mix)

CD 3

  1. Darlin’ (2012 Stereo Mix)
  2. Let The Wind Blow (2001 Stereo Mix)
  3. Meant For You (Alternate Version)
  4. Friends
  5. Little Bird
  6. Busy Doin’ Nothin’
  7. Sail Plane Song (2012 Stereo Mix)
  8. We’re Together Again (2012 Stereo Mix)
  9. Radio Spot “Murray The K” (Mono)
  10. Do It Again (2012 Stereo Mix)
  11. Ol’ Man River (Vocal Section)
  12. Be With Me
  13. I Can Hear Music
  14. Time To Get Alone
  15. I Went To Sleep
  16. Can’t Wait Too Long (A Cappella)
  17. Break Away (Alternate Version)
  18. Celebrate The News
  19. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (Single Version, 2001 Stereo Mix)
  20. Susie Cincinnati (2012 Mix)
  21. Good Time
  22. Slip On Through
  23. Add Some Music To Your Day
  24. This Whole World
  25. Forever
  26. It’s About Time
  27. Soulful Old Man Sunshine
  28. Fallin’ In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)
  29. Sound Of Free (Mono Single Version)
  30. ‘Til I Die
  31. Surf’s Up

CD 4

  1. Don’t Go Near The Water
  2. Disney Girls (1957)
  3. Feel Flows
  4. (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again
  5. Marcella
  6. All This Is That
  7. Sail On Sailor
  8. The Trader
  9. California Saga (On My Way To Sunny Californ-I-A)
  10. Rock And Roll Music (2012 Mix w/Extra Verse)
  11. It’s OK (Alternate Mix)
  12. Had To Phone Ya
  13. Let Us Go On This Way
  14. I’ll Bet He’s Nice
  15. Solar System
  16. The Night Was So Young
  17. It’s Over Now (Alternate Mix)
  18. Come Go With Me
  19. California Feelin’
  20. Brian’s Back (Alternate Mix)
  21. Good Timin’
  22. Angel Come Home
  23. Baby Blue
  24. It’s A Beautiful Day (Single Edit) (2012 Mix)
  25. Goin’ To The Beach

CD 5

  1. Goin’ On
  2. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love
  3. Da Doo Ron Ron
  4. Getcha Back
  5. California Dreamin’
  6. Kokomo
  7. Soul Searchin’
  8. You’re Still A Mystery
  9. That’s Why God Made The Radio
  10. Isn’t It Time (Single Version)
  11. Runaway (Chicago 1965 — w/Concert Promo Intro – Mono)
  12. You’re So Good To Me (Paris 1966 – Mono)
  13. The Letter (Hawaii Rehearsal 1967)
  14. Friends (Chicago 1968 – Mono)
  15. Little Bird (Chicago 1968 – Mono)
  16. All I Want To Do (London 1968)
  17. Help Me, Rhonda (New Jersey 1972)
  18. Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)
  19. Only With You (New York 1972)
  20. It’s About Time (Chicago 1973)
  21. I Can Hear Music (Maryland 1975)
  22. Vegetables (New York 1993)
  23. Wonderful (New York 1993)
  24. Sail On Sailor (Louisville 1995)
  25. Summer In Paradise (Wembley 1993)

CD 6 – From the Vaults

  1. Radio Spot (1966 — Mono)
  2. Slip On Through (A Cappella Mix)
  3. Don’t Worry Baby (Stereo Session Outtake w/ Alternate Lead Vocal)
  4. Pom Pom Play Girl (Vocal Session Highlight)
  5. Guess I’m Dumb (Instrumental Track w/Background Vocals)
  6. Sherry She Needs Me (1965 Track w/1976 Vocal)
  7. Mona Kana (Instrumental Track)
  8. This Whole World (A Cappella)
  9. Where Is She?
  10. Had To Phone Ya (Instrumental Track)
  11. SMiLE Backing Vocals Montage (from “The Smile Sessions”)
  12. Good Vibrations (Stereo Track Sections)
  13. Be With Me (Demo)
  14. I Believe In Miracles (Vocal Section)
  15. Why (Instrumental Track)
  16. Barnyard Blues
  17. Don’t Go Near The Water (Instrumental Track)
  18. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
  19. Transcendental Meditation (Instrumental Track)
  20. Our Sweet Love (Vocals w/Strings)
  21. Back Home (1970 Version)
  22. California Feelin’ (Original Demo)
  23. California Girls (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)
  24. Help You, Rhonda (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)
  25. Surf’s Up (1967 Version) (2012 Mix)
  26. My Love Lives On
  27. Radio Spot (1964 – Mono)
  28. Wendy (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  30. Hushabye (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  31. Carl Wilson: Coda (2013 Edit)

Written by Joe Marchese

June 11, 2013 at 11:52

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  1. Any idea when the rest of the catalog is being remastered?


    June 11, 2013 at 11:54

  2. Hurry up August 27!


    June 11, 2013 at 12:50

  3. Why is it that the Belinda Carlisle reissues and the Beach Boys box set – the essential sounds of summer – are being released at the end of summer? LOL

    I’m looking forward to this!


    June 11, 2013 at 13:05

  4. I immediately popped over to Amazon to pre-order this… then I saw the price! $130.50!!!! I would love to have this set, but that’s a bit too pricey. I was hoping it would be in the $90 – $100 range. Hopefully it will come down a bit before it’s released.

    I really wish they would have included “The Beach Boys Medley” single from 1981. I know it was basically Capitol Records cashing in on the success of “Stars on 45” and the band probably wasn’t even involved with it, but it was a #12 hit and to my knowledge has never been available on CD. I’ve been hanging on to my original 45 for the past 30+ years.

    They also didn’t include anything from “Still Cruisin’.” (I’m not counting “Kokomo.”) “Make It Big” or “Wipe Out” (with The Fat Boys) could have been squeezed in.

    However, I can’t deny it looks like an awesome set. The fact that they dug up sixty unreleased tracks is amazing!! Okay, maybe I will spring for it after all. LOL!


    June 11, 2013 at 13:15

    • Scott, the “Beach Boys Medley” has been released twice on CD, unfortunately out of print and hard to find. One was on a Japanese release of “Beach Boys Rarities” (TOCP-3329) as seen on this listing:
      and on a promo disc for 1991’s “Sound of Summer” comp called “Sound of Summer Singles” (72435 90000 2 2). It’s 4 tracks, with “Surfin’ USA”, “Surfer Girl” and “Don’t Worry Baby” in addition to the Medley. I lucked into that one a few months ago in a used CD shop for a dollar. Since it is so hard to get, it definitely would be nice to have it on the box.

      Jason Michael

      June 11, 2013 at 14:14

      • Oh I have that cd 🙂


        June 11, 2013 at 16:35

      • Ooops, that should be 2001’s “Sounds of Summer” comp, not 1991. I got that mixed up with the Reader’s Digest “Beach Boys: Their Greatest Hits and Finest Performances” 2 CD comp which came out in 1991 and I got last Saturday. (I own a lot of Beach Boys compilations in addition to all the albums. The group fascinates me.)Sorry about that!

        Jason Michael

        June 11, 2013 at 20:20

  5. It should have a hard cover slip case. The Freddie Mercury box set from the year 2000 had a phenomenal one. That set was called “The Solo Collection” and frankly as far as I am concerned pioneered and set the standard on how all GREAT important box sets should be done in multiple ways…in particluar with the packaging.


    June 11, 2013 at 13:17

  6. So this is what all The Beach Boys’ internal arguing was about?!?!? While this will certainly satisfy the casual consumer, the avid collectors will be less than satisfied. I’ll buy it, but this is somewhat of an anti-climax. Almost none of the group’s widely (poorly) bootlegged 1970’s unreleased songs are included. It is not a surprise that the group’s 1960’s studio archives have already been totally strip-mined.

    Philip Cohen

    June 11, 2013 at 13:17

  7. I also think that something like this should have a minimum one newly recorded studio track. In this case since it is so massive there should have been three to eight new tracks. Even if a couple were just re-recorded versions of tracks from the past. Unless the recording artists themselves suck but I am not sure that that is the case with The Beach Boys.


    June 11, 2013 at 13:20

  8. Sorry to look at the glass half empty but I was expecting a bit more. As someone has already said the serious fan already has most of this collection. Missed opportunity.

    Mike C

    June 11, 2013 at 14:16

  9. Okay, OCD collector question. I have pretty much all of the BBs’ catalog on CD. I buy a lot of music, so tend to wait for a good price. I didn’t get the 12 remasters from last year because they were over $20 each here in Canada and I knew they would drop. Last week had them ranging from $5.50- $10.50 each so I took the plunge. But I was still planning to get the “50 Big Ones” comp because it has a few new stereo mixes that aren’t on the individual titles. By my reckoning, the ones I still need are “Do It Again”, “Wild Honey” and “Darlin'”. It appears that those three stereo mixes are going to be on the new box. If that is the case, and I plan on getting the box (Of course!), can I then skip “50 Big Ones”? Or am I missing something?
    Thanks for any help!

    Jason Michael

    June 11, 2013 at 14:25

    • Yes, you are correct. The versions/mixes that were exclusive to “50 Big Ones”, the 2-CD “Smile Sessions” & the vinyl “Smile Sessions” will be included in the 6-CD box.

      Philip Cohen

      June 11, 2013 at 19:25

  10. I think the set looks interested, but I too am disappointed that we get more versions of the same songs. The Beach Boys have recorded so many different songs that remain unreleased. Why not include a good selection of those? And why are there none of the leftovers they recorded last year? I understood there were a number of tracks for a proposed follow-up to “Thats Why God Made The Radio.” Will those tracks ever see the light of day? I have never understood why The Beach Boys are so tight about issuing some of their trove of unreleased songs. They could issue a series of “from the vault” recordings… I will buy the set because I am an addict, but I wish it were going to be more.

    Ron C

    June 11, 2013 at 15:24

    • The problem(in releasing any Beach Boys archival material) is getting Mike Love to sign on the dotted line.

      Philip Cohen

      June 11, 2013 at 19:27

  11. nice looking package, but i agree, most fans have most of these songs in probably 3 or 4 formats as well! one of my guilty pleasures from “Still Cruisin'” is “Somewhere Near Japan”, which is at least jangly and sorta Beach Boys sounding, but alas…..


    June 11, 2013 at 15:39

  12. I was so looking forward to this release, thinking that its got to have more of the deep unreleased tracks that us BB nuts have been longing for. Now I’m pretty disappointed. I don’t really know who this is being marketed to? Help me, am I being to critical?

    Stanley Steamer

    June 11, 2013 at 16:38

  13. I suspect that we will see the remaining songs from the suite that closed TWGMTR on the forthcoming Brian solo album.


    June 11, 2013 at 20:41

  14. In only the first 24 hours of accepting preorders, has already increased the price from $130 to $145. We’re music fans and collectors. We’re not music addicts. And we’re not suckers. By the time the release date arrives, the price will be so astronomical($200 or more), that I’ll have to seek out the music as an unofficial download.

    Philip Cohen

    June 11, 2013 at 23:25

  15. When I saw the “60 unreleased tracks” bit, I thought, NOW we’ll finally get a release of stuff like the orginal “Big Sur” and other unreleased, but brilliant, tracks. Big disappointment.


    June 12, 2013 at 04:05

  16. As a Beach Boys fan/collector for 0ver 40 years, I will buy this set, as a ‘completist’. However as with many other hard core fans, a big disappointment that wer’e getting stereo remixes for the umpteenth time. Why can’t the compilers give us what we need. Sunflower out-takes etc, dozens of good/great tracks that exist on ‘bootlegs’ but need to see the light of day officially. What about a disc full of ‘collaborations’ by Carl, Brian, Dennis, there must be a hundred tracks there alone.
    Serious fans need better, and regular fans have what they want on all of the Greatest Hits packages, so please someone tell certain ‘engineers’ to take a rest from remastering and trying to improve what was great in it’s original form back in the sixties and seventies.
    Why can’t we have an official track by track disogoraphy including all the sessions / tracks that are in the can, but only the priviledged few have access to. There seems to be a secret circle who will not circulate Beach Boys material ( officially ) and we are all getting older without any hope for hearing the Beach Boys ‘magic’ we all desire.
    Genuine fans will be ‘ripped off’ for ever, that’s a fact……………….


    June 12, 2013 at 07:59

    • The way Motown has mined their vaults is absolutely incredible. Over the last decade, they have unearthed literally hundreds of Supremes songs previously unreleased. They’ve issued complete collections of unreleased songs on other artists like Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, both through Hipo Select and their arrangement with Ace Records. I know The Beach Boys have tons of unreleased songs in their vaults, some complete and others in varying stages of completion. Capitol could issue a boxed set of previously unreleased “new” songs and stop putting out the same songs over and over and over in slightly different versions… Grrrrrr! How do we get messages to The Beach Boys and their management, letting them know what we are truly looking for? Who do we contact?

      Ron C

      June 12, 2013 at 11:50

      • But there’s a difference. Most Motown performers(excepting Stevie Wonder) do not have the contractual ability to veto the release of vault materials, and even Wonder can’t veto the release of his pre-1970 outtakes. On the other hand, The Beach Boys have veto power over the release of vault materials. There has to be a unanimous vote of approval from Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine & the estate of Carl Wilson. “Brother Records” now holds The Beach Boys’ session tapes(even for 1960’s albums owned by Capitol)
        Back in the 1990’s when ex-Zombies guitarist (the late) Paul Atkinson was an executive at Capitol Records, he said that there were enough unreleased 1970’s Beach Boys songs to fill a 2-CD set. The release never happened, and it is rumored that Mike Love objected. As for 1960’s unreleased material, there are some concert recordings in the vaults, but very little remaining studio material, barring the possible discovery of lost materials in private collections. For example, there were 3 unreleased songs recorded during the “Smiley Smile” sessions, but the tapes have never been found.

        Philip Cohen

        June 12, 2013 at 14:10

  17. So many questions about this release.

    1. The 60 unreleased songs etc; it looks like most of these are psuedo-unreleased and just engineers fiddling about and remastering and making 2012/2013 versions; on this criterion of unreleased – the entire Beatles catalogue put it out in 2009 would qualify as unreleased which is plain ridiculous.

    2. Has anyone worked out from their extensive knowledge how many ‘genuine’ unreleased tracks in 6CDs?

    3. Re: Beach Boys licensing. There was a window opened to the archives in 1998 with Endless Harmony and
    2001 with the Hawthorne sets; so excluding Pet Sounds and Smile which the issues and obstacles with have been well-documented there have been releases.

    4. Like any BB fan – a big fan but by no means an obsessive – there are still masses of unreleased gems – the Landlocked and Adult Child releases to take but two obvious examples both of which in bootleg form have shown some of the wonders still in the archives.

    I will probably buy this release but not at the crazy prices cited on Amazon at the moment; after the superb box sets and a couple of stellar archive releases this is a huge missed op. If we look back 20 years to the Good Vibrations box set – it was for many a major revelation – bringing some of Smile out to the world – and telling the wayward story of the 70s. This box set should have been the equivalent of Good Vibrations – introducing many lost classics and BB creativity and genius to a wider world.

    Well some of us have a glimpse of the joys that the rest are missing ….

    Gerry Boy

    June 12, 2013 at 15:48

  18. Missing Bluebirds Over the Mountain, Then I Kissed Her, Good to My Baby, Girl Don’t Tell Me, Keep an Eye on Summer, Long Promised Road, Honkin Down the Highway, San Miguel, Drive-In, and my personal favorites, Palisades Park and Keepin the Summer Alive…not to mention more Pet Sounds tracks and more current tracks like Rock n Roll to the Rescue and oddities like Seasons in the Sun and Barbie (California Dream) done for Mattel…not to mention Proud Mary…

    Ron Lavallee

    June 13, 2013 at 13:02

    • Still waiting for Friends & Wild Honey stereo releases, will be passing on this one.

      Jim Regan (@Jbones72)

      June 17, 2013 at 12:40

      • Friends has always been stereo. The 2-fer with 20/20 is stereo.

        Jason Michael

        June 17, 2013 at 12:50

  19. As for the remaining 7 songs from “Wild Honey” that are not available in stereo(“Country Air” is presently available in stereo on bootleg CD’s, and a Mark Linett stereo mix will appear on “Made in California”), Mark Linett has explained that some of the other songs on the album can’t be remixed for stereo. For those songs, Brian Wilson(working with the group mostly playing their own instruments) would record one verse backing track & one chorus backing track. After recording vocals for each verse, Brian Wilson & his engineer would mix that one verse down to mono…..then erase the vocals from the multitrack tape, and re-use the multitrack to record another verse vocal. And they would do the same thing on the choruses. The multitrack tapes now have only the vocals for the final verse & final chorus.

    This technique explains why the “Wild Honey” session outtake “Lonely Days”(heard on the 2-CD set “Hawthorne,Ca.”) is so short. Somewhere (on some mono mix down tape with a final assembly of the song), which has never been found, the song may exist complete. Or perhaps it was abandoned after recording vocals for only one verse & one chorus.

    By the way, people on other forums have commented on the “distorted organ” on “Country Air”. But it is not an organ, but rather The Beach Boys’ one and only use of a Mellotron. Brian Wilson was interviewed for the documentary film “Mellodrama”, which tells the history of the Mellotron & the Chamberlin(an American instrument on which the Mellotron was based)

    Philip Cohen

    June 17, 2013 at 15:10

  20. Oh Yes!!! I Saw Mike And Bruce Beach Boys Concert Before Six Time Already Have.

    Amanda Miller

    September 18, 2013 at 22:25

  21. My Favorite Beach Boys Songs Disney Girls And Isn’t It Time And Wendy And That Why God Made The Radio And Hushabye And Where Is She And Summer In Paradise.

    Amanda Miller

    November 16, 2013 at 00:24

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