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Album Review

The Beach Boys cashed in on the popular boom in country music in the early '90s with Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1, with a twist. Instead of recording a country album themselves, they hired a batch of country vocalists — ranging from Toby Keith to Willie Nelson and Lorrie Morgan — to perform the group's old hits. As for the Beach Boys themselves, they provide backing vocals. A handful of singers deliver good performances.

Customer Reviews

How this Came About

There wasn't any "Beachboys trying to go country" intentions here at all. Brian Wilson simply put out a cattle call and these artists grabbed dibs first because they justifiably idolize the man and his work. Scores of artists were turned away because it was First-Come-First-Serve. Wilson did use old Beachboys tracks as the foundation for the recordings.


Beach Boys harmonies with modern instrumentation, different vocals, and a totally different feel. These songs transcend time and genres.

Love Kathy & Lorrie

The two best songs on this album are definitely "I Can Heart Music" by Kathy Troccoli and "Don't Worry Baby" by Lorrie Morgan. Download them, you won't regret it!


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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