Saturday, 25 March 2017

"U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965" by THE BEACH BOYS (June 2008 USA Capitol 16-Disc Mini Box Set Of CD Singles) - A Review by Mark Barry...


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"…Surfin' U.S.A.…"

Released June 2008 in the USA on Capitol 509992 15795 23 – the sonically amazing and sumptuously packaged "U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965" by THE BEACH BOYS has elicited a lot of joy amongst fans and the occasional howl of derision too (I'm with the happy bunnies personally). 

With its beautifully laid out 56-page hardback book and repro facsimile sleeves – to look at "U.S. Singles…" is a thing of beauty for sure. But diehard fans have complained about a paltry 8 unreleased tracks (Disc 1, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 16) and a not too insignificant price tag. 

Whatever way you look at it – "The Capitol Years 1962-1965" by THE BEACH BOYS is bit special in my book and in 2017 - its 58-tracks are available for a lot less than its initial steep asking price. So here are the bikini-clad details and Californian heavy waves…

All tracks are in MONO unless otherwise stated:
Disc 1:
1. Surfin’ Safari
2. 409
3. 409 (Live)
Tracks 1 and 2 are their debut USA 45 released May 1962 on Capitol 4777. Track 3 is a Previously Unreleased Mono Live Version

Disc 2
1. Ten Little Indians
2. County Fair
3. Punchline
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1962 on Capitol 4880.

Disc 3
1. Surfin’ USA
2. Shut Down
3. Surfin USA (Stereo Mix)
4. Shut Down (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released April 1963 on Capitol 4932.

Disc 4
1. Surfer Girl
2. Little Deuce Coupe
3. Surfer Girl (Stereo Mix)
4. Little Deuce Coup (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released August 1963 on Capitol 5009

Disc 5
1. Be True To Your School
2. In My Room
3. Be True To Your School (Alternate Version)
4. In My Room (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released October 1963 on Capitol 5069.

Disc 6
1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Lord’s Prayer
3. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Mix)
4. The Lord’s Prayer (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released December 1963 on Capitol 5096. Track 3 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 7
1. Fun, Fun, Fun
2. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
3. Fun, Fun, Fun (Stereo Mix)
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Alternate Mono Single Edit)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released February 1964 on Capitol 5118. Track 4 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 8
1. I Get Around
2. Don’t Worry Baby
3. I Get Around (Stereo Backing Track)
4. Don’t Worry Baby (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released May 1964 on Capitol 5174.

Disc 9
1. When I Grow Up To Be A Man
2. She Knows Me Too Well
3. When I Grow Up To Be A Man (Stereo Mix)
4. She Knows Me Too Well (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released September 1964 on Capitol 5245. Tracks 3 and 4 are Previously Unreleased

Disc 10
1. Wendy
2. Don’t Back Down
3. Little Honda
4. Hushabye
5. Wendy (Stereo Mix)
6. Don’t Back Down (Stereo Mix)
7. Little Honda (Stereo Mix)
8. Hushabye (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 to 4 are a USA 7” EP “Four By The Beach Boys” released October 1964 on Capitol R 5267

Disc 11
1. Dance, Dance, Dance
2. The Warmth Of The Sun
3. Dance, Dance, Dance (Stereo Mix)
4. The Warmth Of The Sun (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1964 on Capitol 5306

Disc 12
1. The Man With All The Toys
2. Blue Christmas
3. The Man With All The Toys (Stereo Mix)
4. Blue Christmas (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1964 on Capitol 5312

Disc 13
1. Do You Wanna Dance
2. Please Let Me Wonder
3. Do You Wanna Dance (Stereo Mix)
4. Please Let Me Wonder (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released March 1965 on Capitol 5372. Track 3 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 14
1. Help Me Rhonda
2. Kiss Me, Baby
3. Help Me Rhonda (Mono Backing Track)
4. Kiss Me, Baby (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released April 1965 on Capitol 5395

Disc 15
1. California Girls
2. Let Him Run Wild
3. California Girls (Stereo Mix)
4. Let Him Run Wild (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released July 1965 on Capitol 5464

Disc 16 BONUS DISC:
1. All Dressed Up For School (Original Mono Mix)
2. I’m So Young (Original Mono Mix)
3. Help Me, Rhonda (Alternate Mix)
4. Graduation Day (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are Previously Unreleased

As other reviewers have quite rightly pointed out – the MARK LINETT remasters in both MONO and STEREO are second to none and worth the price of admission alone. But I’m also loving those spruced up STEREO versions – especially the rare “Four” EP and “California Girls”. I doubt I ever want to hear the festive singles “Little Saint Nick” and “The man With All The Toys” ever again – but “Help Me Rhonda”, “I Get Around” and “Be True To Your School” are still amazing.

It’s a niche product for sure – and aimed squarely at the collector – but in 2014 with its dropped-in-price tab and that storming audio to entice  – "U.S. Singles..." is more than worth a splash of your cash…

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