The Bottom Line
- For completists, there are indeed a few previously unreleased mixes here.
- This is the next best thing to a stack of vintage Beach Boys 45s.
- It's hard to argue with the sound of the new (and.or recent) stereo mixes.
- If you're a hardcore Beach Boys fan, you probably own the bulk of these "rarities" already.
- Despite the legend, not everything the Boys put out in the early Sixties was worth archiving.
- Release date: June 10, 2008
- Capitol 15795
- Studio (1962-1965)
- Box set (16 discs)
- Limited edition
Guide Review - The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years (1962-1965) review
Some omissions are worth noting, too: although the "The Little Girl I Once Knew" b/w "There's No Other" single was released in '65, just before the double-whammy of the Beach Boys Party! and Pet Sounds LPs simultaneously summed up and left behind the band's first great era, it's not included here. (Their lone EP, 1964's Four By The Beach Boys, happily, is present, in both mono and stereo.) And "I Get Around" is missing its stereo mix, given only the Stack-O-Tracks treatment, with vocals wiped, though it does show how the group's pop sensibility was indeed grounded in rock rhythm. Some of the non-remix bonuses, like the lame "Wipeout" rip "Punchline" and a live version of "409," aren't exactly must-haves, either. Still, those stereo mixes are fantastic, even somewhat revelatory -- so if you don't have them, and want them all in one place, consider this expensive purchase. But only then.