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Question: Rate Little Deuce Coupe
5 - 16 (16.8%)
4 - 28 (29.5%)
3 - 33 (34.7%)
2 - 16 (16.8%)
1 - 0 (0%)
0 - 2 (2.1%)
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« on: December 26, 2005, 05:44:05 PM »

Discuss, review and rate Little Deuce Coupe, released October 1963.

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 05:48:25 PM »

With the exception of the title track and a couple of others, this doesn't have much I like. Inessential or worse, in my estimation, and if not for the fact that it came on the twofer with the great All Summer Long, I likely would have sold my copy.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 05:49:47 PM »

The weakest of the early albums, not much to like here.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2005, 06:19:04 PM »

A HELL of a lot to like here. The songs and arrangements are stunning. Only gets docked a point for the repeats. 4.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005, 12:37:09 AM »

I gave it a three for Custom Machine.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005, 04:33:35 AM »

What the hell?  This is their strongest pre-All Summer Long album (USA and this are a close run thing)... The reused tracks already 'sound' old, Brian was progressing so much...  "No Go Showboat" is one of those underated brilliant tunes Brian was churning out...  Car Crazy Cutie, Custom Machine, all strong new material.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005, 10:58:03 AM »

Exactly, Matinee.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2005, 11:48:45 AM »

A great album. This album and All Summer Long were my first twofer. After hearing these, I wanted to own everything. Sounds better on CD then on vinyl for sure.
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005, 11:49:37 AM »

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Sounds better on CD then on vinyl for sure.

Do you have the mono LP?
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005, 11:52:50 AM »

Yes I do but to me it's very muddy. Especially Spirit of America.
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2006, 09:54:24 AM »

4. Betsy's amazing.
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2006, 01:53:25 PM »

Awesome early concept album. There is a lot to enjoy here. I much prefer the version of "Be True To Your School" on this album, compared with the single version.

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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2006, 02:22:28 PM »

What the hell?  This is their strongest pre-All Summer Long album (USA and this are a close run thing)... The reused tracks already 'sound' old, Brian was progressing so much...  "No Go Showboat" is one of those underated brilliant tunes Brian was churning out...  Car Crazy Cutie, Custom Machine, all strong new material.

Alright Matinee, what the hell?  After reading you say that the 90's album "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" had Brian's best singing OF HIS CAREER, BEFORE OR SINCE, I couldn't let this statement go.  "Little Duece Coupe" is the strongest pre-"All Summer Long" album??  It's better then "Shut Down Vol. 2"?? 

"Shut Down Vol. 2" came out 4 months before "All Summer Long" and contains "Fun Fun Fun," "Don't Worry Baby," "Warmth of the Sun," "This Car of Mine," and "Keep an Eye on Summer."  That kicks "Little Duece Coupes" ass.  Thanks. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2006, 05:16:26 PM »

LDC is FAR, FAR stronger of an album than SDII.
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2006, 05:41:30 PM »

Let's not get greedy now, Shut Down Vol. II has two of the band's weakest songs ever on there (Denny's Drums, Shut Down Part II).
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2006, 06:04:11 PM »

And that's not counting Louie Louie and Cassius Love.
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2006, 06:15:35 PM »

You know, I might revise my rating of Little Deuce Coupe from a 2 to a 3 and give Shut Down Vol. II the 2.
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2006, 07:41:03 PM »

How about 5 for LDC and 4 for SD. That's what they deserve.
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2006, 01:52:55 AM »

Alright Matinee, what the hell?  After reading you say that the 90's album "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" had Brian's best singing OF HIS CAREER, BEFORE OR SINCE, I couldn't let this statement go.  "Little Duece Coupe" is the strongest pre-"All Summer Long" album??  It's better then "Shut Down Vol. 2"?? 

"Shut Down Vol. 2" came out 4 months before "All Summer Long" and contains "Fun Fun Fun," "Don't Worry Baby," "Warmth of the Sun," "This Car of Mine," and "Keep an Eye on Summer."  That kicks "Little Duece Coupes" ass.  Thanks. 

I'm quite sure I said they're the best vocals of his 'solo' career (excluding the '66 Caroline No, if you want to be a smartass).  Until I came here and read everyone slagging them off about being out of tune and the like, I didn't notice... all I heard was highly emotive vocals which I haven't heard on any other legitimate BW solo release.  Listen to them without being so damn critical... His version of "Meant For You" pisses all over the Friends version for example.

Onto LDC vs SD... Yes, SD has higher peaks, but much, much lower troughs... My god, with the amount of crap on the SD album you'd think Brian scooped it out of an Elephant enclosure with a shovel.  LDC is all solid (even the 'oldies')...

I mean, I recently found out that even Brian wanted to scrap SD and start from scratch... he wasn't allowed though... I wish he was.

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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2006, 02:24:53 AM »

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His version of "Meant For You" pisses all over the Friends version for example.

No way. That was meant for Mike to sing.
But Brian's is nice too.
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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2006, 02:43:08 AM »

Bah!  'm lookin' for support ere Ian Smiley

D'you like the way it finishes rather than an awkward fade out?

... What thread is this anyway?  LDC... Great album.
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« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2006, 02:46:34 AM »

I love the quick fade on the original, ends just when you expect it to kick in. Purely Brian.
Yes, LDC rules. First great BB album. If it didn't have the repeats, it's be perfect.
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« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2006, 05:26:38 AM »

What about Surfer Girl?  I thought that was a pretty good album.

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« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2006, 09:31:24 AM »

Yep, it's prety darn good, and so is USA. I love USA more, personally.
But LDC is conceptually perfect, with no weak cuts. Therefore, it must come above the first 3 and it's successor artistically.
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« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2006, 09:44:28 AM »

I can buy that, it was just the phrase "first great BB album" I was objecting to.
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