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To celebrate The Beach Boys' tumultuous 50-year career, Capitol Records has released remastered editions of their albums and a few greatest-hits collections. This one is a 20-song snapshot, as opposed to the self-explanatory 50 Big Ones. Beginning with The Beach Boys' most recent hit—the title track to their 2012 studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio—and following with 19 of their best-known songs, Greatest Hits lives up to its title. Listeners interested in a more comprehensive overview should seek out the 50-track collection, but for those who want just the highlights, there's no arguing with an album that includes "California Girls", "Sloop John B", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Surfin' U.S.A.", "Don't Worry Baby", "God Only Knows", and "Good Vibrations". Under the leadership of songwriter Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys were simply the most inventive pop group of the era, consistently finding new ways to express pop themes with harmonies that broke the rules. An inspiration to Paul McCartney and countless musicians in the ensuing decades, The Beach Boys are an American institution. 

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Beach Boys Bliss

Taking you right back to the 60s, 70s & 80s this mix of Beach Boys music is a fantastic tribute to the many hits they had. An absolute must for any Beach Boys fan!


Formed: 1961 in Hawthorne, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, the Beach Boys finally emerged by 1966 as America's preeminent pop group, the only act able to challenge (for a brief time) the overarching success of the Beatles with both mainstream listeners and the critical community. From their 1961 debut with the regional hit "Surfin," the three Wilson brothers -- Brian, Dennis, and Carl -- plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine constructed the most intricate, gorgeous harmonies ever heard...
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: 21 September 2012

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