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

The Beach Boys – All Summer Long (1964/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 25:41 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

All Summer Long closed the first chapter of the Beach Boys musical story in 1964: the last of the innocent, carefree odes to surfing and hot rods, it yielded the group’s first American number one hit, I Get Around. The title track, while never released as a single, has become an eternal favourite and was ranked number six in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the 10 greatest summer songs.

The best pre-1965 Beach Boys album featured their brilliant number one single “I Get Around,” as well as other standout cuts in the beautifully sad “Wendy,” “Little Honda” (one of their best hot rod tunes, covered by the Hondells for a hit), and their remake of the late-’50s doo wop classic “Hushabye.” The nostalgic “All Summer Long,” another great production, seemed (whether intentionally or not) like a sort of farewell to the frivolous California beach culture that had supplied the lyrical grist for most of their music up to this point, with a longing, regretful chorus that was totally at odds with the bouncy arrangement. Other relatively little-known treasures are the sumptuous ballad “Girls on the Beach,” with some of their best early harmonizing, and “Don’t Back Down,” with uncommonly anxious lyrics. You can’t give an unqualified high rating, however, to an album that also contained such disposable filler as the “Our Favorite Recording Sessions” comedy bit and “Do You Remember?,” a “let’s-pay-tribute-to-rock’s-early-days” number with a sh*t-eating grin wide enough to qualify as an oldies radio ID jingle. –AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

1. I Get Around 02:14
2. All Summer Long 02:10
3. Hushabye 02:42
4. Little Honda 01:55
5. We’ll Run Away 02:03
6. Carl’s Big Chance 02:29
7. Wendy 02:19
8. Do You Remember 01:41
9. Girls On The Beach 02:27
10. Drive-In 01:53
11. Our Favorite Recording Sessions 02:02
12. Don’t Back Down 01:45

Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar; electric rhythm guitar
Mike Love – lead and bass vocal
Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; piano; harpsichord; Hammond B3 organ; xylophones or marimba
Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; electric, lead, and rhythm guitars
Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums; brushed drums; percussion; opening voice on “Little Honda”
Session musicians:
Hal Blaine – timbales with brush, rim with thin stick
Glen Campbell – 6-string electric bass guitar
Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone
Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone
Ray Pohlman – 6-string electric bass guitar


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