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Little Deuce Coupe/ All Summer Long
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Released just one month after the Surfer Girl album, Little Deuce Coupe was, incredibly, the band's fourth album in less than a year. Brian Wilson and the band responded by turning in arguably their most consistent effort ... more »
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Released just one month after the Surfer Girl album, Little Deuce Coupe was, incredibly, the band's fourth album in less than a year. Brian Wilson and the band responded by turning in arguably their most consistent effort to date--and a concept album, to boot. Deuce Coupe expanded the band's subject matter to encompass 1963 America's burgeoning love affair with hot rods, surrounding previously released cuts such as the title track, "409," and others with strong new material (much of it cowritten by Wilson and a DJ, Roger Christian). A highpoint: the a cappella James Dean tribute "A Young Man Is Gone" (a reworking of Bobby Troup's beautiful "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"), a prime example of Wilson's arranging genius and the band's vocal prowess. All Summer Long was notable not only for racheting up the band's standards and essentially bidding farewell to the surf songs that inspired both their name and reputation, but also for going toe-to-toe with one of rock's most explosive phenomena--Beatlemania--and coming away victorious, with the single "I Get Around" soaring to No. 1 in the spring of 1964. Essentially another loose concept record (revolving around the innocent hedonistic pursuits of an idyllic SoCal summer) that takes its cue from the effervescent title track, it also documents Brian's restless creativity pushing the band toward its performing peak. Bonus takes include the superior single take of band staple "Be True to Your School," alternate takes of "Little Honda" and "Don't Back Down," and the slightly salacious outtake "All Dressed Up for School." Both albums have also been sonically burnished via 24-bit digital remastering. --Jerry McCulley
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Ken Douglas | Landlocked in Reno | 03/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Originally this was a car record and it was a for runner of many concept records to come. I don't know if Brian Wilson invented the idea, but I think he did, without knowing it. The originally running order is: Side One: "Little Deuce Coup", "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", "Be True to Your School, Car Crazy Cutie", "Cherry, Cherry Coupe" and the better than excellent, "409". Side two: "Shut Down," "Spirit of America", "Our Car Club", "No-Go Showboat", "A Young Man is Gone" and "Custom Machine".
I was into cars in 1963, into music too. This record was a natural for me and for every lickin', stickin' American teenage male. Great car songs, great music and harmonies like you could't believe. Surfers and car guys, too. You had to love the Beach Boys and we did.
Now "Little Deuce Coupe" has been repackaged with "All Summer Long" and they've thrown in some extra tracks, but even without the extra stuff, "Little Deuce Coupe" is a must have record for anybody who's ever dreamed of racing a car."
Contains Many Obscure Beach Boys Gems
Eric Mayforth | Houston, Texas | 04/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Beach Boys' first few albums were definitely great, but the group really hit its stride on the two albums on this CD, "Little Deuce Coupe" (1963) and "All Summer Long" (1964). The first album is devoted to car songs, while the second looks at teenage life in Southern California in that era.
The albums contain some of the group's most famous songs, but the reason fans might want to pick up this CD is that it contains some of the best of the band's songs you may have never heard, such as "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", "Cherry Cherry Coupe", "No-Go Showboat", "Custom Machine", "Drive-In", and "Don't Back Down".
Fans of the Beach Boys or of Sixties surf rock in general would definitely find this a worthwhile purchase."