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Corralling the most important tunes by an American institution isn't easy, but this collection comes pretty close to perfection. Celebrating a half-century of music, the 50-track 2012 anthology covers everything from early-'60s surf-rock anthems like "Surfin' Safari" to such baroque-pop masterpieces as "God Only Knows," and it runs all the way through to "That's Why God Made the Radio," the 2012 hit that marked the eagerly awaited reunion between the long-estranged Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Along the way, covers of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields" and The Ronettes' "I Can Hear Music" serve as reminders that The Beach Boys were more eclectic than many realize.

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Buy this right now, really, right now!

i have spent a lot of time with the beach boys catalog and the beach boys songs, and created my own top 100 playlist of the top 100 beach boys songs of all time.
47 of the songs on this cd made my list, and including some new discoveries for me.

This is the best collection of beach boys songs, period.

outstanding collection and curation!

Over 50 years of Summer

It's been over 50 years since Brian, Dennis, Carl, Al and Mike started out. Over the years we've lost Dennis and Carl, Brian's been fired twice maybe three times. New members have come and gone, and through it all we've been given many Summer songs and a Christmas album. The Beach Boys are one of the all-time greatest bands ever. So buy this and enjoy

Love it!

I was very surprised with how many of the songs I wasn't familiar with, but now I'm addicted to this album worth the cost.

Biography

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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