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Sat, October 5, 2013
The Beach Boys - All Summer Long
The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, the Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in 1962. The band's early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. By the mid-1960s, Brian Wilson's growing creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group's musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years.
Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, assuming a reduced level of input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America despite once being seen as the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, there has been much publicized legal-wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits, and use of the band's name. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983, and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, a number of versions of the band, each fronted by surviving members from the original quintet, continued to tour into the 2000s. For the band's 50th anniversary, they briefly reunited as the Beach Boys for a new studio album, world tour, and career-spanning retrospective box set.
The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and Allmusic has stated that their "unerring ability…made them America's first, best rock band." The group have had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four of those reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
All Summer Long is the sixth studio album by The Beach Boys and their second in 1964. Recorded in the aftermath of the British Invasion, spearheaded by The Beatles, the album marked a major turning point in The Beach Boys' career, and in leader/primary songwriter Brian Wilson as an artist. All Summer Long rose to number four in the US during a forty-nine week chart stay.
Songs from this album are also featured on the EP Four by The Beach Boys.
Beginning in February 1964, Wilson engaged in a rigorous period of songwriting, emerging some weeks afterwards with songs including "I Get Around", "All Summer Long", "Wendy" and "Girls on the Beach".
"I Get Around" preceded the album's release by some two months and quickly raced to become their first number one single in the United States; they also had a UK Top 10 debut with a number seven peak. All Summer Long album was released in July, peaking at number four in the United States, and being certified gold by the RIAA.
There was a major change in the internal structure of The Beach Boys during the making of All Summer Long. After enduring father and manager Murry Wilson's domineering ways for over two years, the band had reached their breaking point. During the recording session for "I Get Around", the musicians dismissed him as manager. An attempt at reconciliation on Murry's part, much of it captured on the tapes for the 1965 single version of "Help Me, Rhonda", cemented the break.
Photography was credited to both Kenneth Veeder and George Jerman (who had taken the photographs for the bands earlier albums) but it remains unclear as to who took the color pictures in the montage on the front of the sleeve, or the black and white studio shots on the reverse. The location for the shoot was once again Paradise Cove, north of Malibu, the same location used for the Surfin' Safari sleeve. However, whilst it appears that all five band members were present for the session only Brian, Carl, Dennis and Mike were photographed on the sand (along with the two girls, in various outfits) - Al was absent that day for a case of Flu and his images were added at a later date.
On first pressings of the LP, the song "Don't Back Down" is misprinted as "Don't Break Down" on the front cover. This version of the LP sleeve also has the song titles printed in the same mustard-colored ink as the album title. Subsequent printings with the typo corrected have the song titles printed in black.
All songs written and composed by Brian Wilson/Mike Love except where noted.
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "I Get Around" B. Wilson with Love 2:14
2. "All Summer Long" Love 2:08
3. "Hushabye" (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) B. Wilson with Love 2:41
4. "Little Honda" Love 1:52
5. "We'll Run Away" (B. Wilson/Usher) B. Wilson 2:02
6. "Carl's Big Chance" (B. Wilson/C. Wilson) instrumental 2:03
No. Title Lead Vocals Length
1. "Wendy" Love 2:21
2. "Do You Remember?" Love with B. Wilson 1:40
3. "Girls on the Beach" (B. Wilson) B. Wilson with D. Wilson 2:28
4. "Drive-In" Love 1:49
5. "Our Favorite Recording Sessions" (B. Wilson/D. Wilson/C. Wilson/Love/Jardine) none (spoken word) 2:00
6. "Don't Back Down" Love with B. Wilson 1:52
2001 CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
13. "Be True to Your School (single version)" B. Wilson/Love Love 2:10
14. "All Dressed Up for School" B. Wilson Carl Wilson 2:24
15. "Little Honda (Alternate take)" B. Wilson/Love Love 2:13
16. "Don't Back Down (Alternate take)" B. Wilson/Love Love 1:39