Friday, August 08, 2008

Album Of The Day #20: SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!) - The Beach Boys

Title: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)

Artist: The Beach Boys
Label: Capitol
Year: 1965
Songs: The Girl From New York City/Amusement Parks U.S.A./Then I Kissed Her*/Salt Lake City/Girl Don't Tell Me/Help Me, Rhonda (Single Record Version)/California Girls/Let Him Run Wild/You're So Good To Me/Summer Means New Love**/I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man**/And Your Dream Comes True
Written by: Brian Wilson & Mike Love, except *by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwhich & Jeff Barry and *by Brian Wilson
Produced by: Brian Wilson
Thoughts: This is one of the greatest pop albums you'll hear, and although it is dated and has quite a few tracks of filler, it is still a great pop record. There are some hidden gems here that have gotten more attention as of late. Songs like "Girl Don't Tell Me", "Let Him Run Wild" and "You're So Good To Me" are too great to be forgotten. Finally, although "Good Vibrations" may be the best song the Boys ever released, "California Girls" is the best embodiment of what The Beach Boys mean to the world.
Rating: 7/10

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