Wendysue F. from MENOMONEE FLS, WI Reviewed on 8/22/2009...
fun songs - reminds me of my growing up days. Lots of great selections of their 'best'.
We're enjoying it and my kids are getting educated on the oldies :-)
A cheap collection of classic songs
sixtymilesmile | 12/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That one star review really annoyed me. All this is is a cheap way to obtain ten of the Beach Boys classics on one CD. Their early surf period is when they did their best songs, after that Brian Wilson's creativity fizzled. I'd rather hear Fun, Fun, Fun, Barbera-Ann and Wouldn't It Be Nice than stuff like I Can Hear Music, Kokomo or Then I Kissed Her. These are pure classics, and to be honest if you think such a veteran band, now lacking all three Wilsons, would be able to match these records if they re-entered the studio, you're living in cloud cuckoo land. These could well be among the band's ten best songs, though why God Only Knows isn't hear I don't know, and for such a low price..... But hey, I was forgetting- 'About 90% of this album is from the early 60's surfing career, plus a few songs from Pet Sounds'. Aside from the shaky maths of that statement, teh fact is their best songs were from said early surf period, and almost everything after Pet Sounds was tripe. 20 Golden Greats is a better set, but for the price this is an ideal introduction."
Either Love It Or Hate It
anthony nasti | Brooklyn, NY United States | 01/19/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly, I really used to like this album. It was this album that got me into The Beach Boys' music. I used to play it all the time in my car. Then, as I got more and more into their music and I heard stuff from "Pet Sounds", "Friends" and "Sunflower", I realized that this album was nothing more than a cheap way to cash in on the success of The Beach Boys.For a greatest hits collection, the song selection can hardly be beat - "California Girls", "Surfer Girl", "Fun Fun Fun", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", etc. There all here. But the complaint is for what's not here. With 10 tracks that equal a running time of about 20 minutes, there was enough room to include "Little Deuce Coupe", "Shut Down", "Surfin' Safari", "In My Room", "God Only Knows", "Surfin'", "409", "Little Saint Nick", and "Sloop John B." to make it a much more complete collection of hits. If you want a single disc collection of The Beach Boys' greatest hits, then seek out "Sounds Of Summer". It has all 10 of the tracks on this cd, as well as 20 other hit singles. It also has better sound and liner notesby an experienced rock and roll researcher. Take my advice (and the advice of every other reviewer who gave this a one or two star review) and skip this album."
WONDERFUL But Short
sixtymilesmile | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first BEACH BOYS tape I ever heard! It's a wonderful tape (and I'm mad because there are two tracks on the CD edition that don't come with the tape--you see, I don't have a CD player....) But wonderful songs that really brighten your spirits, no matter how short it is!"
You can't cover the career of the Beach Boys in 10 songs.
sixtymilesmile | 11/27/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As of this year, the Beach Boys have been together for 39 years. They have put out around 50 albums, not including greatest hits albums such as this. One of their albums has been called by MOJO magazine the best album of all time. All of their founding members, and two of the later members have put out solo efforts. They were in the top 5 best selling bands of the 60's, and have had many hits outside of the 60's. 10 songs?If you want a greatest hits for the Beach Boys, try the Good Vibrations box set. That is about 8 hours of music, and it isn't nearly big enough. The best thing you can do is buy all the albums.If you only want a slight intruduction, try something else. Anything else. About 90% of this album is from the early 60's surfing career, plus a few songs from Pet Sounds, the crowning achievement.Capitol needs to learn to stop all these stupid greatest hits packages, and pressure the band to stop living off nostalgia and make a CD. At least Brian is still being productive, the genius that he is. It would be really cool if he formed a band.Good luck Brian, and everybody out there, stay away from this and go buy Pet Sounds."