Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Beach Boys - 20 Good Vibrations: The Greatest Hits (1995)


Ah, nothing says summer like Beach Boys music. Were they the best American rock band of the 1960's? Hmmm. Could be. You know the melodies. You know the lyrics. This isn't the best compilation, but it'll do. While I can't complain about the music, I have two complaints about the CD. While it does include 20 tracks, it's only 49 minutes worth of music. Also, the music isn't in chronological order and I can't figure out any reasoning behind the sequencing. If you're looking for a better choice, check out The Very Best Of The Beach Boys: Sounds Of Summer.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #198 (Apr 20, 1996)

Tracks: My all-time favorite BB song is here, God Only Knows (I just hit the repeat button so I could hear it again). Other favs are I Get Around, California Girls, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Good Vibrations, and Barbara Ann. I would have liked the inclusion of In My Room, Don't Worry Baby, and All Summer Long, but they're not here. All the tracks are from the years 1962-1966 except for the final track, the cringe-inducing Kokomo from the 1988 movie, Cocktail, which is equally cringe-inducing.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: One of my earliest memories of album art is the cover for the group's 1974 compilation, Endless Summer. Far out.


When I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October, 2007, there was a large Beach Boys exhibit which included many of Brian Wilson's original lyric sheets. To me, the most memorable item in the exhibit was a note the Wilson boys left on their family kitchen table for their mother explaining that they had left the house for a photo shoot at Capitol Records, just like you and I would have left a note to our mothers that we had run to the store when we were in high school.

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