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Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys

5 Ratings: 5.0
Classic Rock, Pop, and Rock album by The Beach Boys

The cynic may question just how many Beach Boys greatest hits albums are enough. Everyone else, however, will appreciate what makesSounds of Summerunique. This is the first single-disc collection to feature such a large cross section of hits from the … see full wiki

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review by . June 17, 2008
Sounds of Summer, yes! Year-round summer is what California has always represented to the rest of the USA. The Beach Boys sang the surfer lifestyle into American and world consciousness, and doing so declared California's musical and cultural independence from the East Coast. The Beach Boys also sang the independence of teenagers of the Baby Boom, with cars and purchasing power, from their parents' generation of frugal, anxious conformists shaped by the Great Depression. They sang the primacy of …
review by . August 04, 2006
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Finally, a comprehensive look at the Beach Boys that covers all the bases. 'Endless Summer,' one of the best titled compilations, and 'Good Vibrations' both have considerable merits, but 'Sounds of Summer,' and the subtitle, 'The Very Best of The Beach Boys' both live up to the collection's names. Every essential song is included: "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfin' Safari," and "I Get Around" to name very few. This time, however, we get at least two ethereal songs seldom put on the same …
review by . January 28, 2006
This is the music your Mum wanted you to listen to - a homage to a materialistic life in the sun, a life of smart cars, pretty girls and milk shakes, with not a hint of politics or protest. "Be True to Your School" sounds like a parody today. Hard to believe, but it was perfectly serious in 1963.    If you have grown up with synthesized and electronic music, you will find it hard to imagine the impact of The Beach Boys' music when it was first released. "Good Vibrations" in particular, …
review by . September 05, 2005
This is a great collection of Beach Boys songs. So many great classics ranging from California Girls to Help Me Rhonda to God Only Knows to Kokomo and much more. Fast or slow these Beach Boy harmonies sound true to my ears.    There are a few songs not on here such as Little Saint Nick, Wendy, Sail On Sailor, and You're So Good To Me that possibly should be included instead of some of the lesser tunes. However, this is a minor oversight.    In contrast to …
review by . July 19, 2004
I can't think of a better compilation of a single band's work than this! I've always been of two minds regarding the Beach Boys. On one hand they can provide fuel for cynics by producing songs with trite lyrics that look silly beyond belief on the printed page. But when you listen to the music and their harmonies, you quickly fall under the spell of fantastic musicianship. They can be crass and commercial in the extreme, with concerts that are formulaic and multiple "Best of..." collections that …
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Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
Label: Capitol
Artist: The Beach Boys
Genre: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Release Date: June 10, 2003
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