Whats not to love about the Beach Boys? I think it was 1992 that I saw them perform live for the first time. It wasn’t a concert, it was the seventh inning stretch at a San Diego Padres baseball game. Oh, and they were very good, they were exactly what I expected. They were the epitome of Southern California. They played the songs that I had heard on the radio, they were polite, they were entertaining, they were everything you could wish for in a 20 minute concert.

The Beach Boys have a long legacy, maybe they even have a dynasty, they have been together (in one shape or another) since the very early 60’s. Back in the early days they really did not have a clear plan, surfing, rock n roll , pop, if I am not wrong there was even an element of skiffle.

For the Beach Boys the period between 1962 and 1965 was pivotal. These were the years that they selected their musical direction. A tough decision for a young band.

The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection – The Capitol Years (1962-1965) is a must have. The 16 CD collection has all of the A and B sides from their releases during this period. What I like though, is there is more than one version of the song, the original Mono, a Stereo, and sometimes a different studio mix.

My wife Jan loves the Beach Boys, and she was ‘Surfin’ when I put it on the player. She thought it was Christmas when she discovered there were another 15 CD’s to listen to.

For the Beach Boys fan, you need this collection. My wife (of course) has a different view. She decided to put up her own review. (Don’t click here, it will only encourage her).

You can pick up your own copy of this great package from Amazon.

Simon Barrett


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