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 friend Al Jardine. Initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, the Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in 1962. The band's early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars and romance. During the early to mid-1960s, Brian Wilson's creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group's musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years.

Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input due to 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, despite the period when they were the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many different live configurations of the band fronted by Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band's 50th anniversary, they briefly reunited as the Beach Boys for a new studio album, world tour, and career-spanning retrospective box set.

The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and 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 United States 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". 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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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists 3 2
1991 California Dreamin' Various Artists 1
1991 More Rock'n'roll Love Songs Various Artists 1
1996 Crank It Up: The Music Album Jeff Foxworthy 1
1996 Don't Stop Status Quo 2
1997 75 Milestones of Pop & Rock Various Artists 1
1997 la gran enciclopedia del rock 60 Various Artists 1
1998 Hölle Hölle Hölle - Der Party Wahnsinn 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
2013 A Groovy Kind of Love Various Artists 1
25 Hits of the 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
25 Hits of the 60's, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
A Tower Records Tribute to the Beatles Various Artists 1
Gone Surfin' Various Artists 1
Summer Love Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1966 The No. 1 Hits 1966 Compilation Various Artists 1
1969 Ljuva 60-tal 1964-1969 Compilation Various Artists 1
1970 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Compilation Various Artists 1
1972 25 Rockin' & Rollin' Greats Compilation Various Artists 1
1972 Middle of the Road Compilation Various Artists 1
1976 20 United Stars of America Compilation Various Artists 1
1976 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Take Two Compilation Various Artists 1
1982 Bustin' Surfboards - 14 Smash Hits Featuring The Great Surf Legends Compilation Various Artists 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 9 Compilation Various Artists 1
1985 The Beach Boys: Surf in the USA Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 Now That's What I Call Music: The Summer Album Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 California Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 The Christmas Compact Disc Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1962 Compilation Various Artists 4
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1963 Compilation Various Artists 2
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music 10 (UK) Compilation Various Artists 2 3
1987 20 Years of No. 1 Hits: 1956-1975 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 21 Super Golden Oldies Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Beach Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1964 Compilation Various Artists 3
1987 Classic Rock: 1965 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1966 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Frat Rock: The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Party Tunes of All Time Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Oldies but Goodies, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Sixties, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 stereoplay, CD 27: Yesterday's Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 The No. 1 Power Hits of the 80's Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Jingle Bell Rock Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Compilation Various Artists 6

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