Rev 'em Up
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."