Beach Boys, Summer Days (and Summer Nights) (Mono & Stereo Remaster)

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 02.21.12 in Reviews

Summer Days (and Summer Nights) (Mono & Stereo Remaster)

Beach Boys
Too far to turn back now

Perhaps in reaction to Today! — which found Brian Wilson in a more wistful and personal exploration of himself — Summer Days has the feel of a strategic retreat, since Capitol (and Mike Love) thought the group was straying too far from its appointed mission as beachfront emissaries. But even in retrenchment, celebrating femmes of all geographics — “The Girl From New York City,” “California Girls,” not to mention “The Little Girl I Once Knew” — and challenging Phil Spector to a duel — “Then He Kissed Her” — and shifting time signatures like grains of sand as in “Let Him Run Wild,” Brian had gone too far to turn back now.