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.
Capitol Records, which had already released 10 Beach Boys albums in three years, was bugging the group for product that it could release in time for the 1965 Christmas season. To buy time while Brian Wilson began conceiving the Pet Sounds masterpiece, the group issued a set of covers, mostly of the ’50s rock and R&B they had listened to as schoolboys. The album Beach Boys’ Party! was actually recorded in a studio, but to give the album a live “party” sound, laughter and background chatter was carefully mixed in during post-production.
With the exception of a bass guitar, all the instruments heard on Beach Boys’ Party were acoustic; the acoustic guitar-and-bongo arrangements, in fact, give this a hootenanny campfire feel. “In recent years, this album has gone up a few notches in critical esteem, praised for its loose, casual feel and insight into the group’s influences. … It does have the massive hit ‘Barbara Ann,’ which actually features Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) on much of the lead vocals; other highlights include ‘Mountain of Love,’ an unexpected version of ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’,’ and three Beatles covers”.
01 – Hully Gully (Stereo)
02 – I Should Have Known Better (Stereo)
03 – Tell Me Why (Stereo)
04 – Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (Stereo)
05 – Mountain Of Love (Stereo)
06 – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Stereo)
07 – Devoted To You (Stereo)
08 – Alley Oop (Stereo)
09 – There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (Stereo)
10 – Medley: I Get Around, Little Deuce Coup (Stereo)
11 – The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Stereo)
12 – Barbara Ann (Stereo)
13 – Hully Gully (Mono)
14 – I Should Have Known Better (Mono)
15 – Tell Me Why (Mono)
16 – Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (Mono)
17 – Mountain Of Love (Mono)
18 – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Mono)
19 – Devoted To You (Mono)
20 – Alley Oop (Mono)
21 – There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (Mono)
22 – Medley: I Get Around, Little Deuce Coup (Mono)
23 – The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Mono)
24 – Barbara Ann (Mono)
Original Mono Mix produced by Brian Wilson.
Stereo Mix produced by Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson. Mixed by Mark Linett.
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, most from the original master tapes or best sources available.
DSD Download authored by Gus Skinas.