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Brian Wilson's brilliance manifested itself in the euphoric, cheerfully square, sun-and-fun stuff heard here early on, before it got darker and more complicated. Endless Summer runs from the beginning of the Boys' pinstriped career to 1965, right before the melancholy of Pet Sounds, but also includes the inescapable "Good Vibrations." You can hear a few hints of adolescent sadness and fear--"Help Me, Rhonda" is essentially a kids' sing-along about a wrenching emotional rebound, and the shadow of death is hiding somewhere in "Don't Worry, Baby"--but Wilson is mostly concerned with the cars, waves, and girls that made up the Boys' public image, and his ingenious arrangements (coupled with the group's inimitable harmonies) make everything go down as smoothly as lemonade. --Douglas Wolk
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MP3 album problem!
Alexander | Va, USA | 06/09/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before you give me a thumbs down, hear me out: I would rate the music 10/5 stars! This album is a GREAT compilation of the Beach Boys' songs. I am rating it three stars for faulty audio download:
I specifically bought this album for 'Don't Worry Baby (mono)' - I downloaded the album only to find out that 'Don't Worry Baby' is not in mono but in stereo (even in the audio sample you can tell it is stereo)...thus, it is not being advertised properly.
I understand this isn't a big deal to most people, but I know most people work for a living and it sucks to be sold something not properly advertised. Anyways, thankfully, Amazon has a great customer service dept and I got a refund. I am thankful for the refund but I hope that they will soon fix the problem. Once they fix the problem I will gladly change my rating of this album to 5 stars where it belongs.
My complaint aside, this is a fantastic album. The audio is somewhat lacking in quality on some songs, but on most it is superb.
I also recommend their 'Warmth of the Sun' compilation - truly shows how underrated the Beach Boys are."