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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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The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Released in 1978, this Beach Boys album is named for the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa where it was recorded, a move that caused great turmoil within the band. Neither Dennis nor Carl Wilson approved of the decision, prompted by Mike Love’s adherence to Transcendental Meditation. As a result, only Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson were involved in any major way. The single Come Go With Me, re-released off a compilation in 1981, broke into the top 20 the second time around.

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The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:47:39  minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

“Live In Chicago 1965” is an album of two previously unreleased recordings of The Beach Boys playing at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago on March 26 and 27, 1965.

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The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Brother Records

L.A. (Light Album) is the 23rd studio album by The Beach Boys, released on March 19, 1979. Produced by Bruce Johnston, James William Guercio and the band itself, the album was The Beach Boys’ first on CBS Records, and the first to feature contributions from Johnston since his departure from the band in 1972. Johnston was brought in when it became clear that the ailing Brian Wilson was in no fit state to produce the album, and has remained in the band ever since.

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The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:12 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Keepin’ The Summer Alive, released in 1980, was lushly produced by Bruce Johnston after an ill-fated attempt to have Brian Wilson helm the album. Featuring string and horn sections and many contributing musicians, among them Joe Walsh on guitar on the title track, this is the last Beach Boys album issued before the death of Dennis Wilson in 1983. The drummer refused to participate in the recording of Keepin’ The Summer Alive and only appears on one old track from 1972.

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