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The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA (1963) [APO Remaster 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA (1963) [APO Remaster 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo & Mono 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 24:02 / 24:23 minutes | Scans included | 1,98 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Stereo | 24:23 mins | Full Scans included | 461 MB
Genre: Rock

The real breakthrough, as Brian Wilson asserts himself in the studio as both songwriter and arranger on a set of material that was much stronger than Surfin’ Safari. Besides the hit title track and its popular drag-racing flip side (“Shut Down”), this has a lovely, heartbreaking ballad (“Lonely Sea”) and a couple of strong Brian Wilson originals (“The Noble Surfer” and “Farmer’s Daughter”). There are also a surprisingly high quotient of instrumentals (five) that demonstrate that, before session musicians took over most of the parts, the Beach Boys could play respectably gutsy surf rock as a self-contained unit. Indeed, the album as a whole is the best they would make, prior to the late ’60s, as a band that played most of their instruments, rather than as a vehicle for Brian Wilson’s ideas. The LP was a huge hit, vital to launching surf music as a national craze, and one of the few truly strong records to be recorded by a self-contained American rock band prior to the British Invasion.

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The Beach Boys – Japanese SHM-SACD Reissue Series 2014 (6x SACD, 1964-1967) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Beach Boys – Japanese SHM-SACD Reissue Series 2014 (6x SACD, 1964-1967)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 7,04 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 3,00 GB

The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Emerging at the vanguard of the “California Sound”, the band’s early music gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics evoking a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Influenced by jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band to experiment with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque while devising novel approaches to music production and arranging. While initially managed by the Wilsons’ father Murry, Brian’s creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominated the group’s musical direction.

Released in 1966, the Pet Sounds album and the “Good Vibrations” single featured an intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys’ early years. Soon after the dissolution of Smile, Brian gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band’s name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl’s death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band’s 50th anniversary, the surviving co-founders briefly reunited for a new studio album and world tour.

The Beach Boys are often touted “America’s Band”,and AllMusic stated that their “unerring ability…made them America’s first, best rock band.”The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.They have received one Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions (2011). The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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The Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 53:53 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

This album combines the brilliant original vocal harmonies of The Beach Boys’ beloved classics with brand new symphonic arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, creating a unique and special experience of these iconic songs. 17 tracks produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman. Executive produced by Jerry Schilling. Orchestra conducted by Sally Herbert and Steve Sidwell and recorded by Peter Cobbin at Abbey Road Studio 2.

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The Beach Boys – Christmas Album (1964/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Christmas Album (1964/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 27:56 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Holiday
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Beach Boys’ Christmas Album features the Beach Boys performing a variety of holiday favorites. Most of the featured songs are well-known, some of the more popular being “Frosty the Snowman,” “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” among others. Furthermore, there are four songs composed by the Beach Boys – “Little Saint Nick,” “Man With All the Toys,” “Santa’s Beard,” and “Merry Christmas, Baby” – which begin the album. This mix of favorites and originals makes this a balanced holiday album that should please both Beach Boys admirers and those unfamiliar with the group.

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The Beach Boys – Beach Boys Concert (1964/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Beach Boys Concert (1964/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 33:17 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Combining recordings from shows in December 1963 and August 1964 at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California, Concert is the Beach Boys’ first number one album, certified gold in the US and one of the last live documents of the original band with Brian Wilson, who would not perform in concert with the group for another 10 years.

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The Beach Boys – Beach Boys’ Party! (1965/2015/2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

The Beach Boys – Beach Boys’ Party! (1965/2015/2017)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 31:07 minutes | 2,46 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 31:07 minutes | 1,18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital Booklet,  Front Cover
Genre: Rock, Pop | ©  Analogue Productions

Released in November 1965 as a filler to meet Christmas demand, the Beach Boys convened in the studio with some friends, some acoustic instruments and a batch of cover songs to record this album intended to sound like there was a party going on. The covers include several songs by the Beatles, a Bob Dylan tune, some vintage rock ‘n’ roll and a version of Barbara Ann by The Regents, a surprise hit single for the Beach Boys that peaked at number two in the US and number three in the UK. This version contains both the mono and stereo mixes of the album.

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966/2015/2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/176,4kHz]

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966/2015/2017)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 1:14:41 minutes | 2,94 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 1:14:41 minutes | 3,25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital Booklet,  Front Cover
Genre: Rock, Pop | ©  Analogue Productions

Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation as well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time. It’s considered the best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. It’s been ranked No. 1 in several music magazines’ lists of the greatest albums of all time, including NME, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked No. 2 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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The Beach Boys – 1967. Sunshine Tomorrow (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

The Beach Boys – 1967. Sunshine Tomorrow (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 02:38:34 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © CAPITOL

Let’s go back 50 years. In 1967, the Beach Boys were the kings of American pop. Heavyweights who managed to evolve the thrilling surf music of their early days towards much more complex, daring and crazy skies, most notably with their masterpiece Pet Sounds, released in May 1966. In December 1967, Wild Honey showed yet another facet of Brian Wilson’s gang. This thirteenth album’s sessions, albeit not as essential as Pet Sounds, were intense and disconcerting as evidenced by 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow. Released in June 2017, it features the album’s comprehensive mix complemented by previously unpublished recording sessions as well as sessions from Smiley Smile and the Lei’d in Hawaii live. In concrete terms, the first CD features Wild Honey’s new stereo mix as well as twenty previously unpublished takes from the album’s recording sessions. The second CD focuses on Smiley Smile, which was released three months prior to Wild Honey, in September of 1967. It comprises ten previously unpublished alternative takes as well as Lei’d In Hawaii. Finally, this second CD features eight live tracks never heard before, as well as a few more oddities, such as Surf’s Up’s 1967 version. Overall, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow constitutes an essential piece for Beach Boys fans.

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds …the definitive authorized story of the album (2016) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds …the definitive authorized story of the album
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Documentary
Cast: The Beach Boys, various talking heads

Production/Label: Eagle Vision/Universal EV8335479
Duration: 01:31:09
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS-HD MA, PCM stereo
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26710 kbps / 1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitle: English / German / Spanish / French / Italian / Portuguese
Size: 20.59 GB

This documentary explores the beginnings of the Beach Boys and preparations for their acclaimed 11th studio album, Pet Sounds. Brian Wilson, the brains behind The Beach Boys, had quit touring about a year before in order to concentrate on writing and recording in the studio. The documentary features archive footage and exclusive interviews, looking at the relationships in the band at the time and the creative process behind what many consider to be one of the most influential albums of the ‘60s.

Brian worked in the studio while the rest of the boys were out touring, and he created multi-layered compositions with painstaking attention to details, utilizing orchestration, sound effects and unusual instruments. The band then returned from touring and added their trademarked complex vocal harmonies, with several singing falsetto. The band was highly affected by The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album (as I and others were) and this one is universally regarded as one of the finest albums from the pop world of the ‘60s and therefore merits its place in this Classic Albums series. Most of the band thought the band’s visit to the zoo with a photographer for the cover was silly.

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The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:30 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

This self-titled 1985 album from the Beach Boys marked the beginning of a new era for the band: it was the first to be recorded following the death of Dennis Wilson two years earlier and it also brought the Beach Boys into the modern era of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and 1980s production courtesy of Culture Club producer Steve Levine. Including the top 30 US hit Getcha Back, the album features guests Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder, Culture Club member Roy Hay, rock guitarist Gary Moore and horn and string players.

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