The Beach Boys

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The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Emerging at the vanguard of the "California Sound", the band's early music gained international popularity for distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics that evoked a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Influenced by jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band to experiment with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque, while devising novel approaches to music production and arranging. While initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, Brian's creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominated the group's musical direction.

Released in 1966, the Pet Sounds album and the "Good Vibrations" single featured an intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years. Soon after the dissolution of Smile, Brian gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired.

Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band's 50th anniversary, the surviving co-founders briefly reunited for a new studio album and world tour.

The Beach Boys are regarded as the most iconic American band and one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time, while AllMusic stated that their "unerring ability... made them America's first, best rock band." The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They have received one Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions (2011). The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists 3 3
1991 California Dreamin' Various Artists 1
1991 More Rock'n'roll Love Songs Various Artists 1
1993 Surf Party The Ultimate Summer Collection Various Artists 1
1996 Crank It Up: The Music Album Jeff Foxworthy 1
1996 Don't Stop Status Quo 2
1996 We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Volume III Various Artists 1
1997 la gran enciclopedia del rock 60 Various Artists 1
1998 Hölle, Hölle, Hölle: Der Party Wahnsinn Various Artists 1
2000 The Best Rock 'N' Roll Love Songs in the World Ever Various Artists 1
2001 Voices of the Century Various Artists 1
2002 Heavy Traffic Status Quo 4
2005 Acoustic Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2006 Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2008 Pure Summer Various Artists 1
2009 The Sherman Brothers Songbook Various Artists 1
2009 Headed 2 Da Movies (80's Edition)(Nano Remix) Various Artists 1
2010 Get Together Spirit of the 60s Various Artists 1
25 Hits of the 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
A Tower Records Tribute to the Beatles Various Artists 1
Disney 26 Magical Songs From The Movies Various Artists 1
Gone Surfin' Various Artists 1
Summer Love Various Artists 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
’60s Music Revolution Various Artists 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The No. 1 Hits 1966 Various Artists 1
1969 Ljuva 60-tal 1964-1969 Various Artists 1
1970 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Various Artists 1
1972 25 Rockin' & Rollin' Greats Various Artists 1
1972 Middle of the Road Various Artists 1
1976 20 United Stars of America Various Artists 1
1976 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Take Two Various Artists 1
1982 Bustin' Surfboards - 14 Smash Hits Featuring The Great Surf Legends Various Artists 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
1984 Up the Creek: Original Soundtrack From the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
1985 Now That’s What I Call Music: The Christmas Album Various Artists 1
1985 The Beach Boys: Surf in the USA Various Artists 1
1986 Now That's What I Call Music: The Summer Album Various Artists 5 1
1986 California Various Artists 1
1986 The Christmas Compact Disc Various Artists 1
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1963 Various Artists 2
1986 The Rock ’n’ Roll Era: 1962 Various Artists 4
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music! 10 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1987 20 Years of No. 1 Hits: 1956-1975 Various Artists 1
1987 21 Super Golden Oldies Various Artists 1
1987 Beach Classics Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1964 Various Artists 3
1987 Classic Rock: 1965 Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1966 Various Artists 1
1987 Frat Rock: The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Party Tunes of All Time Various Artists 1
1987 Hits of the World 1964/1965 Various Artists 1

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