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Beach Boys

Brian Wilson (vocals, piano born June 20, 1942),
Dennis Wilson (drums born 4. 12. 1944, died 28. 12. 1983),
Carl Wilson (vocals, guitar born 21. 12. 1946, died 6. 2. 1998),
Al Jardine (vocals, guitar born 3. 9. 1942) and
Mike Love (born 15. 3. 1941)

 

The Beach Boys, formed in 1961, still extant in 1975 with no prospect of dissolution, were America's only real challenge to the Beatles and certainly the most prominent white American group of the pre-psychedelic era.

The group's formation took place in a middle-class Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, and was centred around the teenage Wilson Brothers — Brian (born June 20, 1942); Dennis (Dec. 4, 1944); and Carl (Dec. 21, 1946) — their cousin Mike Love (March 15, 1941); and friend Alan Jardine (Sept. 3, 1942). Harmony singing had always been an important part of their family life, and when the Wilson parents took a holiday in Mexico in September 1961 it was a perfect opportunity for the kids to rent instruments and start a group in their living room. It was Dennis's addiction to the Californian sport of surf-ing that gave the group their initial identity, one which survives indelibly in the minds of today's audiences. He sug-gested that the group sing about the pastime, and a song (written by Brian and Mike) called `Surfin" was the im-mediate result.

Their father, Murray Wilson, himself a song-writer, took the boys along to his music publisher and the song was recorded in somewhat improvised conditions with Carl on guitar, Alan on acoustic bass, and Brian providing percussive support on a garbage can. The publisher procured a release for the record on the local X label and then the slightly larger Candix label, and against all the odds it stuck around the lower limits of the American Hot Hundred for six weeks — based mainly on sales to Californian surfer boys and girls, no doubt. They also began to appear in public, initially as the Pendletones (after a make of heavy plaid shirt which surfers wore and which became their early uni-form), briefly as Carl and the Passions, and ultimately as the Beach Boys, the last name being a suggestion from Can-dix's promotion man. Their concert debut under this name was in the Ritchie Valens Memorial Concert in Long Beach Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 31, 1961. Jardine left around this time to pursue his dentistry studies and was replaced by neighbour David Marks who played rhythm guitar, enabling Brian to switch to bass guitar.

Dennis played drums, while Mike Love- shared the lead vocals with Brian. When Candix, a small label, folded early in 1962, Murray Wilson took the boys along to Capitol Records and played producer Nik Venet acetates of `Surfin' Safari' and '409' — the latter a hymn in praise of the singer's car. Venet grasped the possibilities, signed the group, and `Surfin' Safari' became a national Top Twenty hit. 'Ten Little Indians', the follow-up, was a comparative flop, but the next one was big indeed : `Surfin' USA' reached No. 3 in the early summer of 1963. In addition, it laid bare the influences be-hind the growing talent of Brian Wilson, who was coming to the forefront as the group's real creative force. For `Surfin' USA' Brian had borrowed the tune and treatment from Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen', adding new words and a lead vocal surrounded by the beginnings of a cool, liquid harmony style strongly reminiscent of the Four Freshmen (and, by implication, the American glee-club tradition).

The next single, 'Surfer Girl', a wistful, yearning ballad emphasized the harmonies even more heavily as the voices began to twist and turn in creamy, close-packed, harmoni-cally sophisticated chorales, topped off with a gimmick adapted from East Coast vocal group records — Brian's cool, cruising falsetto, which became a major trademark. `Surfin' USA' and 'Surfer Girl' marked the complementary modes which Brian and the group explored for the next three years. The up-tempo style led to 'Fun Fun Fun', 'I Get Around' (a No. 1), 'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)', `Dance Dance Dance', and 'Help Me Rhonda' (another No. 1) — all Top Ten hits in 1964 and 1965 — while the possibili-ties of the ballad form were explored with ever more trance-like effect in such classics as 'In My Room', 'The Lonely Sea', 'Girls On The Beach', 'Don't Worry Baby', 'The Warmth Of The Sun', 'She Knows Me Too Well', 'Kiss Me Baby', and 'Please Let Me Wonder' from the same period.

By this time, too, Jardine had returned to the fold, displacing Marks. On a wider front, the group's own influence had become widespread. Their early surfing records sparked off a com-plete genre, opening the way for performers like Jan and Dean (`Surf City'), Bruce (Johnston) and Terry (Melcher) with 'Summer Means Fun', Ronnie and the Daytonas (Teach Boy'), Jack Nitszche (`The Lonely Surfer'), Dick Dale and the Del-Tones (`Surf Beat'), and hundreds of aspiring Californian garage bands. When surfing's vogue dropped off, the Beach Boys put out an album of car songs called Little Deuce Coupe, featuring '409' alongside other beauties like 'Our Car Club', 'Cherry Cherry Coupe', `No-Go Showboat' and 'Custom Machine'. Sure enough, others responded : Jan and Dean with 'Dead Man's Curve' and `Drag City', Bruce and Terry with 'Custom Machine' and `Hot Rod USA', Ronnie and the Daytonas with 'GTO', the Rip-Chords with 'Hey Little Cobra' and 'Three Window Coupe'.

Through all this, Brian Wilson was as a journalist : absorbing and reflecting the emerging lifestyle of teenage California, a lifestyle which — luckily for him — kids from New York to London to Paris also decided they wanted to emulate. He wrote many of the early lyrics himself. In cold print they lack grace and wit, but sung by the group they are perfect expressions of teen angst in all its forms.

 

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Surfin' Safari - Soundtrack American Graffiti (7inch, 45rpm, PS) The Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari - Soundtrack American Graffiti... Art-Nr.: 45CAP81652

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(Capitol France) 2-Track Single - French pressing from the film soundtrack of the movie blockbuster 'American Graffiti' from 1973! Original Capitol recordings 1961-1963! 45 rpm, picture cover and large inner hole fitting for the jukebox!...
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L.A. (Light Album) (LP) The Beach Boys: L.A. (Light Album) (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCRB32806

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(Caribou Records) 12 Tracks - US Longbox - CD-version from 1985, original brand-new shrink-wrapped! Contains the CD bonus track 'Male Ego'!
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(Capitol) 13 Tracks - Rare recordings! Cut-Out LP
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Spirit Of America (CD) The Beach Boys: Spirit Of America (CD) Art-Nr.: CD661829

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Greatest Car Songs (CD) The Beach Boys: Greatest Car Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDL57241

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(Capitol Records) 12 Tracks - 1961-1964
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Disque D'or(LP) The Beach Boys: Disque D'or(LP) Art-Nr.: LPPM85014

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(Pathe Marconi) 14 tracks - Original 'Capitol' recoordings from 1963 to 1969
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L.A. - Light Album (CD) The Beach Boys: L.A. - Light Album (CD) Art-Nr.: CD9021272

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(1989/CBS) 10 tracks, original classic album
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Be True To Your School (LP) The Beach Boys: Be True To Your School (LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMI16273

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(EMI) 10 tracks - Originally sealed 1982 'Capitol' compilation, featuring Beach Boys recordings from the early 1960s
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Surfin Safari (LP) The Beach Boys: Surfin Safari (LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMI86373

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(EMI Talent) 10 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1962 'Capitol' LP album
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15 Big Ones (CD, US Longbox) The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones (CD, US Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDZK46955

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Surf's Up (LP) The Beach Boys: Surf's Up (LP) Art-Nr.: LP467895

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(Epic) 10 tracks - 1991 re-issue of the original 1971 'Reprise' LP album - Cut-out LP
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The Best Of Beach Boys - 1970-1986 The Brother Years (CD) The Beach Boys: The Best Of Beach Boys - 1970-1986 The Brother... Art-Nr.: CD5250024

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(2000/Capitol) 22 tracks, 24-bit digitally remastered
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Het Beste Van The Beach Boys (CD) The Beach Boys: Het Beste Van The Beach Boys (CD) Art-Nr.: CD7952332

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(1990/EMI) 24 tracks - Dutch pressing
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California Girls (CD) The Beach Boys: California Girls (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP7480462

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(1987/Capitol) 10 tracks
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Beach Boy's Party - Uncovered And Unplugged (LP) The Beach Boys: Beach Boy's Party - Uncovered And Unplugged (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCAP51761

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(2015/Capitol) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1965 'Capitol' album - comes with a download code
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Live In Japan '66 (CD) The Beach Boys: Live In Japan '66 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRV2047

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(2016/Rox Vox) 14 tracks -Great performance from Sankei Hall, Osaka, Japan on 13th January 1966, broadcast on NHK Radio, finds them on excellent form as they tackle a cross-section of their most popular material to date, both originals...
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Live In Japan '66 (LP, 180g Coloured Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Live In Japan '66 (LP, 180g Coloured Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPRV2047

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(2016/Rox Vox) 14 tracks -Great performance from Sankei Hall, Osaka, Japan on 13th January 1966, broadcast on NHK Radio, finds them on excellent form as they tackle a cross-section of their most popular material to date, both originals...
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Surfin' Safari (LP) The Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCAP86373

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(EMI Italy) 10 tracks - Italian Re-issue of the original 1962 album but it has two less tracks than the original version. Originally sealed copy
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Fun, Fun, Fun (LP) The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSN16013

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(1979/Capitol Canada) 10 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1964 album but with two tracks less than the original issue! This copy is originally sealed
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Surfin U.S.A. (LP) The Beach Boys: Surfin U.S.A. (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCAP82003

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(1980/EMI NL) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1963 'Capitol' album
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Lost & Found 1961 -1962 (CD) The Beach Boys: Lost & Found 1961 -1962 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDZS054

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(1991/DCC) 21 tracks - very hard to find rarity compilation - original US Longbox store copy (Bear Family Records) - Most of the 20 tracks appear in mono, with 2 in stereo and about half containing studio talk. Some songs have been...
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The Very Best Of The Beach Boys (CD) The Beach Boys: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI32615

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(2001/EMI-Capitol) 30 Tracks - 8-page booklet! Great compilation!
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Smiley Smile (LP, 180g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPSV219

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​(Simply Vinyl) 11 tracks - Limited re-issue on 180g Vinyl of the original 1967 'Capitol' LP album
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The Capitol Years (7-LP) The Beach Boys: The Capitol Years (7-LP) Art-Nr.: LPECS50063

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(1980/Capitol Japan) 117 tracks - Originally factory sealed copy, including the original Obi as well
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The Gold Collection (2-LP) The Beach Boys: The Gold Collection (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMI234

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(EMI Capitol Germany) 30 tracks - original recordings
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Beach Boys's Party! - Stack-O-Tracks (CD) The Beach Boys: Beach Boys's Party! - Stack-O-Tracks (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5316412

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(Capitol) 30 tracks (74:31) with 24 page booklet. - Beach Boy's Party! : One night in June of 1965, I and the other Beach Boys invited some friends to the recording studio to take part in what was to be the first and only live party...
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Wouldn't It Be Nice -  I Get Around (Maxi, 12inch, 45rpm) The Beach Boys: Wouldn't It Be Nice - I Get Around (Maxi,... Art-Nr.: LPCL579

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(1990/CAPITOL) 3 tracks 12inch vinyl single includes 'The Beach Boys Medley' Uptempo Long Version. Collectors item produced by Brian Wilson.
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Christmas With The Beach Boys (Tree Cover) (CD) The Beach Boys: Christmas With The Beach Boys (Tree Cover) (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5797652

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(2004/EMI) 25 tracks 1963-1977 with 16 page booklet
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Beach Boy's Christmas Album (LP, 220g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Beach Boy's Christmas Album (LP, 220g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPCAP11848

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(2014/Capitol) 12 tracks - Vinyl LP repressing of the mono version of this holiday classic. Digitally remastered edition of the original holiday album by Brian Wilson and the boys. With this release, the album is returned to its original...
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Shut Down, Vol.2 (LP) The Beach Boys: Shut Down, Vol.2 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPC5535

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(1989/C5) 12 tracks, Re-issue of the original 1964 'Capitol' album - Stereo recordings
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Pet Sounds - 40th Anniversary Edition (2-LP, Ltd.) The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds - 40th Anniversary Edition (2-LP, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPEMI13701

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(2006/EMI) - 26 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1966 'Capitol' album in mono and stereo - Green Vinyl - Limited edition (10000) - originally sealed copies - stickers are also original and come with the album
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Rarities - Beach Boys Medley (CD) The Beach Boys: Rarities - Beach Boys Medley (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6604

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(1991/Capitol Japan) 16 tracks
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For The Girls On The Beach (CD) The Beach Boys: For The Girls On The Beach (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7832

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(1993/Capitol Japan) 16 tracks
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The Beach Boys For The Girls (CD) The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys For The Girls (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7870

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(1993/Capitol Japan)17 tracks
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In My Room - Brian Wilson Sings (CD) The Beach Boys: In My Room - Brian Wilson Sings (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7831

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(1993/Capitol Japan) 20 tracks
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Our Car Club (CD) The Beach Boys: Our Car Club (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7833

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(1993/Capitol Japan) 20 tracks
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Little Deuce Coupe (CD Japan) The Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDCP216004

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(1990/Capitol Japan) 12 tracks - original sealed , new stock copy.
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Shut Down (CD Japan) The Beach Boys: Shut Down (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDCP216005

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(1990/Capitol Japan) 12 tracks - sealed new stock copy
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Covers (CD Japan) The Beach Boys: Covers (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6772

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(1991/Capitol Japan) 20 tracks - original sealed new stock copy
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M.I.U. Album - L.A. (Light Album) (CD) The Beach Boys: M.I.U. Album - L.A. (Light Album) (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5279502

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​(2000/Capitol) 22 tracks
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The Beach Boys Singles Collection (3-CD Box, Ltd.) The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Singles Collection (3-CD Box, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7770

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(1993/Capitol Japan) 70 Tracks, Complete singles 1961-1968 - Contains a 40 page picture sleeves booklet plus a 34 page booklet with liner notes in Japanese language! Extremely rare limited edition Japan CD box!
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Little Deuce Coupe (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOS657

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(2017/DOL) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1963 'Capitol' album - picture LP - Side one is in 'Stereo' and side two in 'Mono'
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Surfin' Safari plus ...  (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari plus ... (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOS763

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(2017/DOL) 23 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1962 'Capitol' album plus their 'Candix' recordings incl. the masters and unreleased material - picture LP
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Surfin' USA (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Surfin' USA (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOS645

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(2017/DOL) 24 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1963 'Capitol' album in 'Mono' and in 'Stereo' - picture LP
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Surfer Girl  (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) The Beach Boys: Surfer Girl (Picture-LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOS626

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(2017/DOL) 24 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1963 'Capitol' album in 'Mono' and in 'Stereo' - picture LP
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The Beach Boys Collectors Box Set (3-DVD & Book, Ltd.) The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Collectors Box Set (3-DVD &... Art-Nr.: DVDCBX2701

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(2003/Ragnarock Films) Collector's edition, English, color-b/w - no further details available!
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Smile (CD) The Beach Boys: Smile (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI276662

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(2011/CAPITOL) 27 tracks (79:20) with 8 page booklet.
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