~ Release group by The Beach Boys


20/20 is the 15th studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on February 10, 1969. The LP was named for being their 20th overall album release. Much of it consists of outtakes from earlier albums. It reached number 3 on UK record charts and number 68 in the US. Brian Wilson was absent during most of the album's recording after admitting himself into a psychiatric hospital, requiring brothers Carl and Dennis to retrieve several outtakes he had recorded years earlier. While Brian does not appear on the front cover, the inner gatefold of the original vinyl release features him alone, behind an eye examination chart.

The singles "Do It Again" and "Bluebirds over the Mountain" preceded the album's release by several months. The former was the band's first attempt at revisiting the surf sound they had abandoned since All Summer Long, topping UK and Australian charts, and the latter contained a B-side co-written by Charles Manson: "Never Learn Not to Love". 20/20 was the last studio album released on Capitol Records that would contain new material for the next 17 years. The following singles "I Can Hear Music", "Break Away", and "Cotton Fields" concluded their contract. In 2018, session highlights, outtakes, and alternate takes were released for the compilation I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions.

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
20/20 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SKAO 133 [none]
20/20 CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CP21-6015 [none]
20/20 CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 8 29638 2 0 724382963820
20/20 (stereo) Digital Media 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 602547388452


Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000118177 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/78053 [info]
Wikidata: Q918646 [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beach_boys/20_20/ [info]

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