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Little Deuce Coupe
Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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The Beach Boys' fourth album found them trying to broaden their horizons--or at least move them farther inland. A "theme" album focusing on Southern California's burgeoning car culture, Little Deuce Coupe took its cue from...  more »

      
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All Artists: Beach Boys
Title: Little Deuce Coupe
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 6/28/1994
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724382963028

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The Beach Boys' fourth album found them trying to broaden their horizons--or at least move them farther inland. A "theme" album focusing on Southern California's burgeoning car culture, Little Deuce Coupe took its cue from a successful contemporary Capitol compilation (Shut Down) and gathers four of the band's previously released car songs--"409," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Shut Down," and "Our Car Club"--and surrounds them with eight new originals and a tribute to James Dean titled "A Young Man Is Gone," itself a rewrite of Bobby Troup's a cappella standard "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring." Collaborating with Los Angeles DJ-turned-lyricist Roger Christian (a key contributor to much of the band's early thematic sensibilities), Brian Wilson takes his musical growth another step forward here. And the success of the Mike Love vocal showcase "I Get Around" (the Beach Boys' first No. 1 single) began to build the band an international following as well. --Jerry McCulley

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An essential recording? No.
06/07/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I must respectfully disagree with Jerry McCulley concerning his review of this album. "Little Deuce Coupe" is by no means a bad record, but to pick this album as an "essential recording" instead of ALL SUMMER LONG, TODAY, SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS), FRIENDS and SUNFLOWER, to name just a few, boggles the mind. This is hardly an album that properly introduces a listener to Brian Wilson & Co. A Beach Boys collection is not THAT incomplete without "Little Deuce Coupe". It IS incomplete without the previously mentioned records.This album has a nice, pleasing pop sound, and Ballad of Ol' Betsy, Cherry Cherry Coupe and Shut Down are classics. But an essential recording? No.Furthermore, "I Get Around" does not appear on this album. Look it up."