The Beach Boys - Today! (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: The Beach Boys
Title: The Beach Boys Today!
Genre: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Surf, Hot Rod
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: June 22, 1964–January 19, 1965, United Western Recorders, Gold Star Studios, and RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, The Beach Boys Today! is presented here in stereo.
The album is the eighth by the band, and featured hits such as "Do You Wanna Dance?", "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)", and "Dance, Dance, Dance". The album peaked at #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and the production hints at the more mature depth that would appear on albums such as Pet Sounds.
Brian Wilson's retirement from performing to concentrate on studio recording and production reaped immediate dividends with Today!, the first Beach Boys album that is strong almost from start to finish. "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Do You Wanna Dance" were upbeat hits with Spector-influenced arrangements, but Wilson began to deal with more sophisticated themes on another smash 45, "When I Grow Up," on which these eternal teenagers looked forward to the advancing years with fear and uncertainty. Surf/hot rod/beach themes were permanently retired in favor of late-adolescent, early-adult romance on this album, which included such decent outings in this vein as "She Knows Me Too Well," "Kiss Me Baby," and "In the Back of My Mind." The true gem is "Please Let Me Wonder," one of the group's most delicate mid-'60s works, with heartbreaking melodies and harmonies. Be aware that the version of "Help Me, Rhonda" found here is an inferior, earlier, and slower rendition; the familiar hit single take was included on their next album, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). --AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
1. Do You Wanna Dance? 02:40
2. Good To My Baby 02:22
3. Don't Hurt My Little Sister 02:08
4. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) 02:06
5. Help Me, Rhonda 03:07
6. Dance, Dance, Dance 02:06
7. Please Let Me Wonder 02:49
8. I'm So Young 02:35
9. Kiss Me, Baby 02:44
10. She Knows Me Too Well 02:32
11. In The Back Of My Mind 02:10
12. Bull Session With Big Daddy 02:20
Al Jardine – lead, harmony and backing vocals; electric rhythm guitar; bass guitar; handclaps
Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals; handclaps
Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; four and six-string bass guitar; grand, upright and tack piano; baldwin harpsichord; hammond organ; handclaps
Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; lead, rhythm and twelve-string guitar; six-string bass guitar; handclaps
Dennis Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; drums, tambourine, handclaps
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