Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Beach Boys - Made In California ~ 1961-2012 (2013)


Rock, Blues | Mp3 320 kbps | 6 CD | 1,08 Gb

Designed as the triumphant conclusion to the Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion, Made in California is indeed something of an extravaganza. Packaged as a hardcover yearbook -- a motif that runs right through to the liner notes, which include a high school piece by Brian Wilson among the various essays, along with plenty of rare photos -- Made in California makes no secret of hiding its nostalgia, but that doesn't mean the average Beach Boys fan wishing to take a stroll down memory lane should turn to this luxurious box. This six-disc set may tell the Beach Boys story quite thoroughly, but the devil is indeed in the details, details that may only compel the devoted. Certainly, Made in California is filled with rarities and oddities, some genuinely rare and unreleased, with the bulk of the set comprised of many alternate mixes, vocal sessions, instrumental tracks, radio spots, and an abundance of live tracks from throughout the years. Along the way, all the hits are unveiled in some fashion, but the compilers have made a practice of choosing interesting or intriguing mixes over original hit single mixes; for Pet Sounds alone, the selected songs ping-pong between 1996 and 2001 stereo mixes, while elsewhere there are stereo mixes from 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2012, along with the occasional mono mix. All those dates suggest just how often the Beach Boys catalog has been remastered and reissued over the years, but there is only one real corollary in their catalog: the 1993 five-disc box Good Vibrations. Twenty years on, the remastering has certainly improved but that's not the only reason Made in California has an edge over Good Vibrations. Those two decades brought an official restoration of The Smile Sessions and, in 2012, the 50th Anniversary reunion album That's Why God Made the Radio, which provides a better, sweeter conclusion to the group's story than "Kokomo." That said, this 174-track box finds a way to overlook plenty of great, even important, songs from all eras of the Beach Boys, with "She Knows Me Too Well," "Getting Hungry," "Funky Pretty," and "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" being among the prominent inexplicable omissions. Thing is, the listeners who will really dig into the box -- the ones who will thrill to the early demos as much as they do to the unreleased Dennis Wilson songs, as well as the unreleased "California Feeling" -- won't care that these songs are missing, as they'll have them somewhere else in their collection, and the casual fan will be fine without them. But even if it tells the Beach Boys story thoroughly, Made in California is most decidedly not for the casual fan. It is for the dedicated, the kind who knows the story by heart but wants to hear it told slightly differently. For them, it's worth taking this roundabout journey while immersing themselves in the packaging; those with less invested will likely prefer sticking to the familiar paths provided by either the original albums or concise compilations.



CD 1
1. Shut Dowm (2003 Stereo Mix) (1:51)
2. 409 (Original Mono Long Version) (2:09)
3. Surfin' (With Session Intro - Mono) (2:26)
4. Surfin' Safari (Original Mono Long Version) (2:17)
5. Surfin' U.S.A. (2:28)
6. Lonely Sea (Original Mono Mix) (2:39)
7. Surfin' Rehearsal Highlights (2012 Mono Edit) (2:58)
8. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (Mono Demo) (2:37)
9. Little Deuce Coupe (1:40)
10. Surfer Girl (2:27)
11. Catch a Wave (2:09)
12. Our Car Club (2:23)
13. Be True to Your School (Mono Single Version) (2:10)
14. Back Home (2:22)
15. In My Room (2:13)
16. Surfers Rule (With Session Intro) (2:37)
17. Ballad of Ole' Betsy (2:17)
18. Fun, Fun, Fun (2:13)
19. Little Honda (1:52)
20. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Single Version) (2:01)
21. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (2009 Stereo Mix) (2:09)
22. Wendy (2007 Stereo Mix) (2:19)
23. I Get Around (With Session Intro - Mono) (2:56)
24. Don't Worry Baby (2009 Stereo Mix) (2:50)
25. The Warmth of the Sun (3:03)
26. All Summer Long (2007 Stereo Mix) (2:09)
27. Don't Back Down (1:44)
28. Girls on the Beach (2:25)
29. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:03)
30. In the Back of My Mind (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:13)
31. Please Let Me Wonder (2007 Stereo Mix) (2:51)
32. Dance, Dance, Dance (2003 Stereo Mix) (2:03)
33. All Dressed Up for School (2007 Stereo Mix) (2:18)
34. Kiss Me, Baby (2000 Stereo Mix) (2:43)

CD 2
1. Do You Wanna Dance (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:22)
2. Help Me, Rhonda (Mono Single Version) (2:47)
3. California Girls (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:46)
4. Radio Spot 'wonderful Kya' (Mono) (0:09)
5. Salt Lake City (2001 Stereo Mix) (2:03)
6. Let Him Run Wild (2007 Stereo Mix) (2:21)
7. Amusement Parks Usa (Early Version) (2:33)
8. The Little Girl I Once Knew (Mono) (2:33)
9. Graduation Day (Session Excerpts & Master Take, 2012 Mix) (3:25)
10. Barbara Ann (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:13)
11. Wouldn't It Be Nice (2001 Stereo Mix) (2:33)
12. There's No Other (Like My Baby) (2012 'Unplugged' Mix with Party Session Intro) (4:20)
13. God Only Knows (1996 Stereo Mix) (2:55)
14. Sloop John B (1996 Stereo Mix) (3:00)
15. Our Prayer (2012 'Smile Sessions' Stereo Mix) (1:08)
16. Caroline No (1996 Stereo Mix) (2:19)
17. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1996 Stereo Mix) (3:20)
18. Good Vibrations (Mono) (3:36)
19. The Elements - Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) ('Smile Sessions' Mix - Mono) (2:37)
20. Heroes and Villains - Part 1 ('Smile Sessions' Mix - Mono) (3:08)
21. Wind Chimes ('Smile Sessions' Stereo Mix) (3:07)
22. Vega-Tables ('Smile Sessions' Stereo Mix) (3:46)
23. Cabin Essence ('Smile Sessions' Mix - Mono) (3:32)
24. Heroes and Villains - Part 2 ('Smile Sessions' Mix - Mono) (4:18)
25. Heroes and Villains (2012 Stereo Mix) (3:39)
26. Wonderful (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:21)
27. Country Air (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:22)
28. Wild Honey (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:36)

CD 3
1. Darlin' (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:11)
2. Radio Spot 'Murray the K' (Mono) (0:11)
3. Meant for You (Alternate Version) (1:50)
4. Let the Wind Blow (2001 Stereo Mix) (2:35)
5. Little Bird (1:59)
6. We're Together Again (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:01)
7. Friends (2:32)
8. Sail Plane Song (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:27)
9. Old Man River (Vocal Section) (1:19)
10. Busy Doin' Nothin' (3:06)
11. Do It Again (2012 Stereo Mix) (2:20)
12. Can't Wait Too Long (A Cappella) (0:51)
13. I Went to Sleep (1:38)
14. I Can Hear Music (2:37)
15. Time to Get Alone (2:39)
16. Be with Me (3:09)
17. Break Away (Alternate Version) (3:11)
18. Celebrate the News (3:06)
19. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (Single Version, 2001 Stereo Mix) (3:15)
20. Susie Cincinnati (2012 Mix) (3:05)
21. Slip on Through (2:17)
22. Good Time (2:51)
23. This Whole World (1:58)
24. Add Some Music to Your Day (3:34)
25. Forever (2:43)
26. It's About Time (2:56)
27. 'til I Die (2:32)
28. Fallin' in Love (2009 Stereo Mix) (3:01)
29. Sound of Free (Mono Single Version) (2:26)
30. Soulful Old Man Sunshine (3:27)
31. Surf's Up (4:11)

CD 4
1. Don't Go Near the Water (2:39)
2. Disney Girls (1957) (4:06)
3. Feel Flows (4:45)
4. Sail On, Sailor (3:18)
5. Marcella (3:52)
6. (Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again (4:40)
7. All This Is That (3:58)
8. It's Ok (Alternate Mix) (2:11)
9. Let Us Go on This Way (1:59)
10. California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-I-A) (3:21)
11. Had to Phone Ya (1:45)
12. Rock and Roll Music (2012 Mix with Extra Verse) (3:10)
13. The Trader (5:04)
14. I'll Bet He's Nice (2:36)
15. Solar System (2:49)
16. Come Go with Me (2:07)
17. The Night Was So Young (2:16)
18. California Feelin' (2:54)
19. It's over Now (Alternate Mix) (2:44)
20. Good Timin' (2:14)
21. Brian's Back (Alternate Mix) (2:56)
22. Goin' to the Beach (2:22)
23. Angel Come Home (3:38)
24. It's a Beautiful Day (Single Edit - 2012 Mix) (3:28)
25. Baby Blue (3:22)

CD 5
1. Da Doo Ron Ron (1:53)
2. Goin' On (3:01)
3. Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love (3:15)
4. You're Still a Mystery (3:20)
5. That's Why God Made the Radio (3:19)
6. Runaway (Live Chicago 1965 with Concert Piano Intro - Mono) (2:53)
7. Getcha Back (2:59)
8. Isn't It Time (Single Version) (3:44)
9. Kokomo (3:37)
10. California Dreamin' (3:24)
11. All I Want to Do (Live London 1968) (2:03)
12. The Letter (Live Hawaii 1967 Rehearsal) (1:54)
13. You're So Good to Me (Live Paris 1966 - Mono) (2:15)
14. Soul Searchin' (3:59)
15. Friends (Live Chicago 1968 - Mono) (2:45)
16. Little Bird (Live Chicago 1968 - Mono) (1:57)
17. Vegetables (Live New York 1993) (2:22)
18. Help Me, Rhonda (Live New Jersey 1972) (4:13)
19. I Can Hear Music (Live Maryland 1975) (3:04)
20. Wonderful (Live New York 1993) (2:21)
21. It's About Time (Live Chicago 1973) (3:37)
22. Sail On, Sailor (Live Louisville 1995) (3:13)
23. Wild Honey (Live New Jersey 1972) (4:47)
24. Only with You (Live New York 1972) (4:28)
25. Summer in Paradise (Live Wembley 1993) (4:25)

CD 6
1. Radio Spot (1966 - Mono) (0:11)
2. Slip On Through (A Cappella Mix) (2:32)
3. Pom Pom Play Girl (Vocal Session Highlighs) (2:45)
4. Don't Worry Baby (Stereo Session Outtake with Alternate Lead Vocal) (3:07)
5. Guess I'm Dumb (Instrumental Track with Background Vocals) (2:55)
6. Sherry She Needs Me (1965 Track with 1976 Vocal) (2:53)
7. This Whole World (A Cappella) (1:58)
8. Had to Phone Ya (Instrumental Track) (1:49)
9. I Believe in Miracles (Vocal Section) (0:21)
10. Mona Kana (Instrumental Track) (2:56)
11. Where Is She (2:51)
12. Be with Me (Demo) (2:47)
13. Why (Instrumental Track) (2:09)
14. Barnyard Blues (2:33)
15. Don't Go Near the Water (Instrumental Track) (2:45)
16. Good Vibrations (Stereo Track Sections) (3:49)
17. Transcendental Meditation (Instrumental Track) (1:51)
18. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (3:54)
19. California Feelin' (Original Demo) (2:14)
20. Radio Spot (1964 - Mono) (0:14)
21. Back Home (1970 Version) (2:21)
22. Our Sweet Love (Vocals with Strings) (2:39)
23. Help You, Rhonda ('Lei'd in Hawaii' Studio Version) (2:24)
24. California Girls ('Lei'd in Hawaii' Studio Version) (2:28)
25. Surf's Up (1967 Version, 2012 Mix) (3:48)
26. My Love Lives On (2:32)
27. Smile Backing Vocals Montage (From 'The Smile Sessions') (8:31)
28. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (BBC - Live in the Studio 1964 - Mono) (2:03)
29. Wendy (BBC - Live in the Studio 1964 - Mono) (2:14)
30. Carl Wilson - Coda (2013 Edit) (1:24)
31. Hushabye (BBC - Live in the Studio 1964 - Mono) (2:39)



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