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8Nov/17Off

The Beach Boys – 1967. Sunshine Tomorrow (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

The Beach Boys – 1967. Sunshine Tomorrow (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 02:38:34 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © CAPITOL

Let’s go back 50 years. In 1967, the Beach Boys were the kings of American pop. Heavyweights who managed to evolve the thrilling surf music of their early days towards much more complex, daring and crazy skies, most notably with their masterpiece Pet Sounds, released in May 1966. In December 1967, Wild Honey showed yet another facet of Brian Wilson’s gang. This thirteenth album’s sessions, albeit not as essential as Pet Sounds, were intense and disconcerting as evidenced by 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow. Released in June 2017, it features the album’s comprehensive mix complemented by previously unpublished recording sessions as well as sessions from Smiley Smile and the Lei’d in Hawaii live. In concrete terms, the first CD features Wild Honey’s new stereo mix as well as twenty previously unpublished takes from the album’s recording sessions. The second CD focuses on Smiley Smile, which was released three months prior to Wild Honey, in September of 1967. It comprises ten previously unpublished alternative takes as well as Lei’d In Hawaii. Finally, this second CD features eight live tracks never heard before, as well as a few more oddities, such as Surf’s Up’s 1967 version. Overall, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow constitutes an essential piece for Beach Boys fans.

21Sep/17Off

The Beach Boys – Holland (1973/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Holland (1973/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:27 minutes | 2,5 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Capitol Records

Holland is the 19th studio album by the American rock group The Beach Boys, released in January 1973. It peaked at number 36 in the US and number 20 in the UK. At the end of the 1973, Rolling Stone named Holland as one of their picks for “album of the year”. In 2000, Elvis Costello ranked the album as one of his favorite records of all time. Holland included a bonus EP, Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale), a musical fairy tale written by Brian Wilson about a magical transistor radio who appears to a young prince.

The surprisingly weak result of a concerted effort by both band and label to push the Beach Boys back into the Top 40 (they succeeded, barely), Holland continued the muddy sound of Carl and the Passions – So Tough. The highlights here – Carl’s “The Trader,” Brian’s “Sail on, Sailor” and “Funky Pretty” – are marginally better than their immediate predecessors, though “Leavin’ This Town” (from recent addition Blondie Chaplin) is rather tiresome. Also, Al Jardine and Mike Love’s three-part “California Saga” shows the effects of their environmentalist spirituality left to bake in the sun a few minutes too long (though the conclusion, “California,” is a solid return to the harmony-laden sun-and-surf ’60s). “Only with You” is yet another tender ballad given an excellent reading by Carl.

10Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (1971) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (1971) [Analogue Productions 2016] {2.0 & 4.0}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:43 minutes | Scans included | 2,41 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 648 MB

The Beach Boys’ post-1966 catalog is littered with LPs that barely scraped the charts upon release but matured into solid fan favorites despite – and occasionally, because of – their many and varied eccentricities. Surf’s Up could well be the definitive example, beginning with the cloying “Don’t Go Near the Water” and ending a bare half-hour later with the baroque majesty of the title track (originally written in 1966). The album is a virtual laundry list of each uncommon intricacy that made the Beach Boys’ forgotten decade such a bittersweet thrill – the fluffy yet endearing pop (od)ditties of Brian Wilson, quasi-mystical white-boy soul from brother Carl, and the downright laughable songwriting on tracks charting Mike Love’s devotion to Buddhism and Al Jardine’s social/environmental concerns. Those songs are enjoyable enough, but the last three tracks are what make Surf’s Up such a masterpiece. The first, “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” is simultaneously one of Brian’s most deeply touching and bizarre compositions; he is the narrator and object of the song (though not the vocalist; co-writer Jack Rieley lends a hand), lamenting his long life amid the pollution and grime of a city park while the somber tones of a pipe organ build atmosphere. The second, “‘Til I Die,” isn’t the love song the title suggests; it’s a haunting, fatalistic piece of pop surrealism that appeared to signal Brian’s retirement from active life. The album closer, “Surf’s Up,” is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the SMiLE period. Carl gives a soulful performance despite the surreal wordplay, and Brian’s coda is one of the most stirring moments in his catalog. Wrapped up in a mess of contradictions, Surf’s Up defined the Beach Boys’ tumultuous career better than any other album.

10Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970) [Analogue Productions 2016] {2.0 & 4.0}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:01 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 697 MB

After Reprise rejected what was to be their debut album for the label, the Beach Boys re-entered the studio to begin work on what would become a largely different set of songs. The results signaled a creative rebirth for the band, a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Though the songwriting didn’t quite reach the high quality of “California Girls” or “God Only Knows,” Sunflower showed the Beach Boys truly working as a band, and doing so better than they ever had in the past (or would in the future). Many of the songs were co-compositions, and the undeniable songwriting and performance talents of Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were finally allowed to flourish: Dennis contributed “Slip On Through,” “Forever,” and “Got to Know the Woman,” while Bruce wrote “Deirdre” and “Tears in the Morning.” After a succession of spare, unadorned lead vocals on rock-oriented albums like Wild Honey and 20/20, Sunflower returned the Beach Boys to gorgeous vocal harmonies on the tracks “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water,” and “This Whole World.” And the arrangements, tight and inventive, showed Brian Wilson once again back near the top of his game (though the production is credited to the entire band). Sunflower is also a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the Beach Boys since Pet Sounds. As with that album, Sunflower earned critical raves in Britain but was virtually ignored in America.

10Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile (1967) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile (1967) [Analogue Productions 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo & Mono 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 27:40/27:48 minutes | Scans included | 2,23 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | MONO | 27:48 mins | Full Scans included | 468 MB
Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

After the much-discussed, uncompleted Smile project – which was supposed to take the innovations of Pet Sounds to even grander heights – collapsed, the Beach Boys released Smiley Smile in its place. (To clarify much confusion: Smiley Smile is an entirely different piece of work than Smile would have been, although some material that ended up on Smiley Smile would have most likely been used on Smile. Also, much of Smiley Smile was in fact recorded after the Smile sessions had ceased.) For fans expecting something along the lines of Sgt. Pepper (and there were many of them), Smiley Smile was a major disappointment, replacing psychedelic experimentation with spare, eccentric miniatures. Heard now, outside of such unrealistic expectations, it’s a rather nifty, if rather slight, effort that’s plenty weird – in fact, often downright goofy – despite Brian Wilson’s retreat from both avant pop and active leadership of the group. “Wind Chimes,” “Wonderful,” “Vegetables,” and much of the rest is low-key psychedelic quirkiness, with abundant fine harmonies and unusual arrangements. The standouts, nonetheless, were two recent hit singles in which Brian Wilson’s ambitions were still intact: the inscrutable mini-opera “Heroes and Villains,” and the number one hit “Good Vibrations,” one of the few occasions where the group managed to be recklessly experimental and massively commercial at the same time.

10Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – Holland (1973) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

The Beach Boys – Holland (1973) [Analogue Productions 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:01 minutes | Scans included | 2,19 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 982 MB
Mastered for this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

The surprisingly weak result of a concerted effort by both band and label to push the Beach Boys back into the Top 40 (they succeeded, barely), Holland continued the muddy sound of Carl and the Passions – So Tough. The highlights here – Carl’s “The Trader,” Brian’s “Sail on, Sailor” and “Funky Pretty” – are marginally better than their immediate predecessors, though “Leavin’ This Town” (from recent addition Blondie Chaplin) is rather tiresome. Also, Al Jardine and Mike Love’s three-part “California Saga” shows the effects of their environmentalist spirituality left to bake in the sun a few minutes too long (though the conclusion, “California,” is a solid return to the harmony-laden sun-and-surf ’60s). “Only with You” is yet another tender ballad given an excellent reading by Carl.

4Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – 15 Big Ones (1976/2015) [Pop, HDTracks, FLAC 192kHz/24bit]

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: 15 Big Ones
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1976/2015
Label: Capitol Records
Duration: 39:08
Quality: FLAC 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

15 Big Ones is the 20th studio album by American rock group The Beach Boys released in July 1976. It comprises cover versions of rock and roll and rhythm and blues standards, along with a few new originals. The album was met with mixed reviews, but the highest sales the band had for a new studio album in many years, peaking at number 8 on the weekly Billboard albums chart.

3Jul/17Off

The Beach Boys – 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow [2CD] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

The Beach Boys - 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow [2CD] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: The Beach Boys
Album: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow [2CD]
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 739 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

This unique 2CD compilation pulls together a slew of previously unreleased material from America's favorite band, The Beach Boys. The collection includes the new stereo remix of Wild Honey, as well as unreleased outtakes from the session recordings. Also included are unreleased session tracks from the Smiley Smile sessions and live tracks from Hawaii, Washington, DC and Boston.

17Jul/16Off

The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (2011) [Rock, HDTracks, FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit]

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: The Smile Sessions
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2011
Label: Capitol Records
Duration: 2:20:59
Quality: FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

From the summer of 1966 into early 1967, the iconic Californian rock band embarked on the anticipated follow-up to their 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds. The unreleased album, SMiLE, was recorded and drafted through various sessions but was ultimately abandoned and unreleased, until now. This definitive collection features the full participation of original Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Mike Love and Brian Wilson. The band's trademark vocals harmonies and riveting guitar work have made them one of America's bestselling artists of all time. This essential release, embodying the California spirit, features the hit songs, "Good Vibrations," "Surf's Up," "Heroes and Villains," "Cabin Essence," "Wonderful," "Our Prayer" and dozens more. A stunning mosaic of pop-rock anthems, The SMiLE Sessions is a truly long awaited release, now available as a pristine hi-res download.

17Jul/16Off

The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys Party Uncovered And Unplugged (2015) [Rock, HDTracks, FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit]

Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: The Beach Boys Party Uncovered And Unplugged
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2015
Label: Capitol Records
Duration: 33:45
Quality: FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged is an upcoming compilation and remix album to be released by Capitol Records on November 20, 2015. It is an 81-track expansion of Beach Boys' Party!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 release of the Beach Boys' top 10 album Party!, group members have overseen this remixed, remastered and expanded edition, Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered And Unplugged, which removes the overdubbed party sounds from the 12-track original album's mix and adds 69 more songs and dialogue tracks culled from all of the band's Party! recording sessions.

"Mike was saying, why not a party album and we can act like we are (at a party) and just be ourselves on tape, you know? And that's what happened. It was a very spontaneous album." --Brian Wilson

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