Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pre-Order The Beach Boys New Career-Spanning Box Set 'Made in California'

So much has happened since Capitol released the five-disc, career spanning Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys box set back in 1993. The Beach Boys have released the outtakes compilation Endless Harmony, and after years of crazed fan anticipation, a remarkable facsimile of the scrapped SMiLE project. They’ve reformed for a successful tour and L.P. Most of their classic albums have been remastered and repackaged more than once. With another twenty years on the timeline, it’s about time for a new retrospective, and on August 27, 2013, we’ll be getting one called Made in California.

Way back in December of 2011, I announced Capitol’s plans to put out a “new career-spanning box set” and was disappointed when the lame double-disc box Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones materialized last October. I assumed that this was what Capitol had been announcing the previous December. Uh-uh. Made in California is a six-disc, 174-track ride through fifty years of sun, fun, and psychedelic psychodrama. That’s 32 tracks more than the 1993 set. We do lose several key songs that were included on Good Vibrations, the best being “Spirit of America,” “She Knows Me Too Well,” previously unreleased versions of “Ruby Baby” and “Hang on to Your Ego,” “You Still Believe in Me,” “Do You Like Worms,” “Long Promised Road,” “Funky Pretty,” “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone,” and a run of rarities that made disc three of the old box truly valuable (“San Miguel,” “Games Two Can Play,” “I Just Got My Pay,” “H.E.L.P. Is on the Way,” and “4th of July”). But in place of such tracks, we get a slew of great songs that didn’t make the cut of the first box, including “The Lonely Sea,” “The Girls on the Beach,” “Kiss Me, Baby,” “In the Back of My Mind,” “Let Him Run Wild” (which Brian Wilson allegedly vetoed from Good Vibrations because he thought he always thought his voice sounded too effeminate on it), “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow,” “Country Air,” “Feel Flows,” and others. The source of a lot of these tracks in unclear, but it seems that the most recent remasters were used whenever possible.

The real selling point of Made in California will be the 60 previously unreleased tracks, and yes, the legendary “(Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again” is among them. Others include a selection of 17 live cuts from throughout The Beach Boys’ career and a “Stack-O-Tracks”-style disc totally distinct from the one included with Good Vibrations. The set will be packaged in a fancy, schmancy high school yearbook-style box that will include Brian’s 1959 high school essay “My Philosophy.”

Made in California is available to pre-order from Amazon.com here:

And now the tracks (thanks to The Second Disc for this line up):

Disc One

  1. Home Recordings / Surfin’ Rehearsal Highlights
  2. Surfin’
  3. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
  4. Surfin’ Safari
  5. 409 (Original Mono Long Version)
  6. Lonely Sea (Original Mono Mix)
  7. Surfin’ U.S.A.
  8. Shut Down (2003 Stereo Mix)
  9. Surfer Girl
  10. Little Deuce Coupe
  11. Catch A Wave
  12. Our Car Club
  13. Surfers Rule (with Session Intro)
  14. In My Room
  15. Back Home
  16. Be True To Your School (Mono Single Version)
  17. Ballad Of Ole’ Betsy
  18. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Single Version)
  19. Fun, Fun, Fun (Mono Single Version)
  20. Little Honda
  21. Don’t Worry Baby (2009 Stereo Mix)
  22. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)
  23. The Warmth Of The Sun
  24. I Get Around (with Session Intro – Mono)
  25. Wendy (2007 Stereo Mix)
  26. All Summer Long (2007 Stereo Mix)
  27. Girls On The Beach
  28. Don’t Back Down
  29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (2012 Stereo Mix)
  30. All Dressed Up For School (Mono)
  31. Please Let Me Wonder (2007 Stereo Mix)
  32. Kiss Me, Baby (2000 Stereo Mix)
  33. In The Back of My Mind (2012 Stereo Mix)
  34. Dance, Dance, Dance (2003 Stereo Mix)

Disc Two

  1. Do You Wanna Dance (2012 Stereo Mix)
  2. Help Me, Rhonda (Mono Single Version)
  3. California Girls (2002 Stereo Mix)
  4. Amusement Parks USA (Early Version)
  5. Salt Lake City (2001 Stereo Mix)
  6. Let Him Run Wild (2007 Stereo Mix)
  7. Graduation Day (Session Excerpt and Master Take, 2012 Mix)
  8. The Little Girl I Once Knew (Mono)
  9. There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (2012 “Unplugged” Mix with Party Session Intro)
  10. Barbara Ann (2012 Stereo Mix)
  11. Radio Spot “Wonderful KYA” (Mono)
  12. Sloop John B (1996 Stereo Mix)
  13. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2001 Stereo Mix)
  14. God Only Knows (1996 Stereo Mix)
  15. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (1996 Stereo Mix)
  16. Caroline No (1996 Stereo Mix)
  17. Good Vibrations (Mono)
  18. Our Prayer (2012 “Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  19. Heroes And Villains: Part 1 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  20. Heroes And Villains: Part 2 (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  21. Vega-Tables (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  22. Wind Chimes (“Smile Sessions” Stereo Mix)
  23. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  24. Cabin Essence (“Smile Sessions” Mix – Mono)
  25. Heroes And Villains (2012 Stereo Mix)
  26. Wonderful (2012 Stereo Mix)
  27. Country Air (2012 Stereo Mix)
  28. Wild Honey (2012 Stereo Mix)

Disc Three

  1. Darlin’ (2012 Stereo Mix)
  2. Let The Wind Blow (2001 Stereo Mix)
  3. Meant For You (Alternate Version)
  4. Friends
  5. Little Bird
  6. Busy Doin’ Nothin’
  7. Sail Plane Song (2012 Stereo Mix)
  8. We’re Together Again (2012 Stereo Mix)
  9. Radio Spot “Murray The K” (Mono)
  10. Do It Again (2012 Stereo Mix)
  11. Ol’ Man River (Vocal Section)
  12. Be With Me
  13. I Can Hear Music
  14. Time To Get Alone
  15. I Went To Sleep
  16. Can’t Wait Too Long (A Cappella)
  17. Break Away (Alternate Version)
  18. Celebrate The News
  19. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (Single Version, 2001 Stereo Mix)
  20. Susie Cincinnati (2012 Mix)
  21. Good Time
  22. Slip On Through
  23. Add Some Music To Your Day
  24. This Whole World
  25. Forever
  26. It’s About Time
  27. Soulful Old Man Sunshine
  28. Fallin’ In Love (2009 Stereo Mix)
  29. Sound Of Free (Mono Single Version)
  30. ‘Til I Die
  31. Surf’s Up

Disc Four

  1. Don’t Go Near The Water
  2. Disney Girls (1957)
  3. Feel Flows
  4. (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again
  5. Marcella
  6. All This Is That
  7. Sail On Sailor
  8. The Trader
  9. California Saga (On My Way To Sunny Californ-I-A)
  10. Rock And Roll Music (2012 Mix w/Extra Verse)
  11. It’s OK (Alternate Mix)
  12. Had To Phone Ya
  13. Let Us Go On This Way
  14. I’ll Bet He’s Nice
  15. Solar System
  16. The Night Was So Young
  17. It’s Over Now (Alternate Mix)
  18. Come Go With Me
  19. California Feelin’
  20. Brian’s Back (Alternate Mix)
  21. Good Timin’
  22. Angel Come Home
  23. Baby Blue
  24. It’s A Beautiful Day (Single Edit) (2012 Mix)
  25. Goin’ To The Beach

Disc Five

  1. Goin’ On
  2. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love
  3. Da Doo Ron Ron
  4. Getcha Back
  5. California Dreamin’
  6. Kokomo
  7. Soul Searchin’
  8. You’re Still A Mystery
  9. That’s Why God Made The Radio
  10. Isn’t It Time (Single Version)
  11. Runaway (Chicago 1965 — w/Concert Promo Intro – Mono)
  12. You’re So Good To Me (Paris 1966 – Mono)
  13. The Letter (Hawaii Rehearsal 1967)
  14. Friends (Chicago 1968 – Mono)
  15. Little Bird (Chicago 1968 – Mono)
  16. All I Want To Do (London 1968)
  17. Help Me, Rhonda (New Jersey 1972)
  18. Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)
  19. Only With You (New York 1972)
  20. It’s About Time (Chicago 1973)
  21. I Can Hear Music (Maryland 1975)
  22. Vegetables (New York 1993)
  23. Wonderful (New York 1993)
  24. Sail On Sailor (Louisville 1995)
  25. Summer In Paradise (Wembley 1993)

Disc Six – “From the Vaults”

  1. Radio Spot (1966 — Mono)
  2. Slip On Through (A Cappella Mix)
  3. Don’t Worry Baby (Stereo Session Outtake w/ Alternate Lead Vocal)
  4. Pom Pom Play Girl (Vocal Session Highlight)
  5. Guess I’m Dumb (Instrumental Track w/Background Vocals)
  6. Sherry She Needs Me (1965 Track w/1976 Vocal)
  7. Mona Kana (Instrumental Track)
  8. This Whole World (A Cappella)
  9. Where Is She?
  10. Had To Phone Ya (Instrumental Track)
  11. SMiLE Backing Vocals Montage (from “The Smile Sessions”)
  12. Good Vibrations (Stereo Track Sections)
  13. Be With Me (Demo)
  14. I Believe In Miracles (Vocal Section)
  15. Why (Instrumental Track)
  16. Barnyard Blues
  17. Don’t Go Near The Water (Instrumental Track)
  18. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
  19. Transcendental Meditation (Instrumental Track)
  20. Our Sweet Love (Vocals w/Strings)
  21. Back Home (1970 Version)
  22. California Feelin’ (Original Demo)
  23. California Girls (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)
  24. Help You, Rhonda (“Lei’d In Hawaii” Studio Version)
  25. Surf’s Up (1967 Version) (2012 Mix)
  26. My Love Lives On
  27. Radio Spot (1964 – Mono)
  28. Wendy (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  29. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  30. Hushabye (BBC — Live in the Studio 1964 – Mono)
  31. Carl Wilson: Coda (2013 Edit)

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