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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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They got me through Vietnam

I turned 16 in 1965 in Huntington Beach, Ca. Loved the Beach Boys. Took all their tunes with me to the Nam at 19 years old. Grew up to all the great music of the Boys and still listen today.

Great Soundtrack!

Just confused as to why anyone rated this anything but 5 stars...

The Land Boat's docked out back

Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds Aniversary Tour's underway this summer - The Beach Boys came through that late 1960's summer I turned 16 and got a drivers license. There was a hot- smart (can't have the first without the later - for me anyway) gal in a summer session...wanna go ? had a date...they even got to dance on the stage - and it never occured to me to ask anyone else (still the same - when I'm feelin' do the lyric's go ? " Got My Mind Set On You ". It's like time travel here in the back yard. There is an almost cherry, full size, sleek late '60's convertible - outta nowhere this collectors classic at a very affordable price - still planned on haggling but behind that locked garage door - this incredible car - Could not stifle myself nor stop grinning. With dredging, land is made /reclaimed every day, but they'll never ever make anymore of these, and like a beautiful woman, just can't stop looking at her. Told my granddaughter it's her's when she's old enough to drive, and do you like it? "Yes grandpa ..I REALLY LIKE IT "...and already behind the wheel while I'm under the hood helping start it. As it's still a good half dozen years till she can drive it'll be loads of fun polishing and tinkering on this real show car that sounds sweet too ! Tears well up as I think back when I heard some of the sweetest guitar picking ever - honestly don't know why but it touched me to the core - thought that's why God made the electric guitar, and that's why The Beach Boys "That's Why God Made The Radio" caught my it..then found out, while it's pure Beach's new- so to speak- from the 2012 album of the same name. It also leads off The Beach Boys Greatest Hits album released that fall. Everyone who hears the engine agrees it's running in top notch condition. It's really nice when old equipment works better than ever. Haven't put the top down yet, just know it works..bought it without even putting my hands on the wheel. Some things you just don't forget how to do. Was told the radio's the only thing that doesn't work. God's plan may have been for it not to work - the radio that is - so I can add a sound system ( maybe a boom box to start ) put the top down, and go cruisin'. Should invite the one I really care about to take a ride or even drive it. People already wave and shout, and since she's truly one of the prettiest gals on the planet, cars will be colliding and crashing as motorists crane their necks to catch a glimpse of true classic beauty X 2 .


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...
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