Mix and match, remix and matchless, this complement to 2004's Sounds of Summer shuffles the Beach Boy deck once again, adding more modern stereo balancing on several cuts, highlighting the occasional alternate version ("Breakaway"), and unearthing oddities, such as a "California Dreamin'" that features Roger McGuinn on 12-string guitar. Beyond strip mining, what it does, more than anything, is unite the various Beach Boys eras into a single overview, showing that despite many upheavals, their level of craft and songmanship is the reason why their I-can-hear music continues to touch hearts and elevate souls, and will always be ripe for another joyous repackage.
By Lenny Kaye on 05.16.11 in Icons
This year, the Beach Boys celebrate their half century — silver surfers all. Theirs is a family saga that, in the midst of unrivaled siblings and a belief in the transcendental meditation that is music, captures a moment...
By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
Surf's up for a new biopic about the Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson at two different ages, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fal...
By Glenn Kenny on 12.12.14 in Features
The prolific director discusses seminal music moments in his films and the art of selecting the right song.
By Lindsay Hood on 11.20.14 in News
Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee. On a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, it seem...