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Question: Pick the 10 essential Beach Boy and BB solo albums
Pet Sounds - 221 (9.9%)
Wild Honey - 96 (4.3%)
Smiley Smile - 93 (4.2%)
Stack-O-Tracks - 5 (0.2%)
Surfer Girl - 49 (2.2%)
Surfin Safari - 5 (0.2%)
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) - 95 (4.3%)
20/20 - 79 (3.5%)
Friends - 131 (5.9%)
The Beach Boys Today! - 175 (7.9%)
Shut Down, Volume II - 11 (0.5%)
Beach Boys' Party! - 8 (0.4%)
Lost And Found (1961-1962) - 0 (0%)
Surfin' USA - 14 (0.6%)
The Beach Boys' Concert - 2 (0.1%)
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album - 4 (0.2%)
All Summer Long - 90 (4%)
Little Deuce Coupe - 12 (0.5%)
The Beach Boys Love You - 112 (5%)
Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London) - 5 (0.2%)
Carl And The Passions- So Tough - 31 (1.4%)
The M.I.U. Album - 7 (0.3%)
Sunflower - 185 (8.3%)
Holland - 93 (4.2%)
Surf's Up - 118 (5.3%)
15 Big Ones - 3 (0.1%)
Spirit Of America - 3 (0.1%)
L.A. (Light Album) - 12 (0.5%)
Endless Summer - 11 (0.5%)
The Beach Boys In Concert - 31 (1.4%)
The Beach Boys - 4 (0.2%)
Made In USA - 4 (0.2%)
Still Cruisin' - 5 (0.2%)
Keepin' The Summer Alive - 3 (0.1%)
Ten Years Of Harmony - 6 (0.3%)
Beach Boys Rarities - 0 (0%)
Endless Harmony - 14 (0.6%)
Good Vibrations - Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys - 95 (4.3%)
Stars And Stripes Volume I - 2 (0.1%)
Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks Salute NASCAR - 3 (0.1%)
Summer In Paradise - 5 (0.2%)
Hawthorne CA - 25 (1.1%)
Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys - 11 (0.5%)
The Beach Boys Classics Selected By Brian Wilson - 4 (0.2%)
Good Timin': Live At Knebworth 1980 - 4 (0.2%)
What I Really Want For Christmas - 8 (0.4%)
Brian Wilson - 36 (1.6%)
Gettin' in Over My Head - 4 (0.2%)
Orange Crate Art (BW/VDP solo) - 7 (0.3%)
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - 4 (0.2%)
Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE - 142 (6.4%)
Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live - 2 (0.1%)
Imagination - 6 (0.3%)
Live At The Roxy Theatre - 11 (0.5%)
Live In Las Vegas (AJ solo) - 4 (0.2%)
Looking Back With Love (ML solo) - 4 (0.2%)
Pacific Ocean Blue (DW solo) - 107 (4.8%)
Going Public (BJ solo) - 5 (0.2%)
Youngblood (CW solo) - 0 (0%)
Carl Wilson (CW solo) - 1 (0%)
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« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2007, 10:44:25 PM »

I can't believe Summer in Paradise got more votes than Rarities and BB85.
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« Reply #51 on: October 03, 2007, 04:16:26 AM »

I can't believe Summer in Paradise got more votes than Rarities and BB85.

If it helps Rarities is my favorite comp. Plays good as an album.
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« Reply #52 on: June 19, 2008, 07:04:42 PM »

BW88 gets no respect...
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« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2008, 01:51:28 PM »

I picked:

Surfer Girl - Because they took a quantum leap in my eyes here from the first two. It's actually a little less filler-y than some of the later ones, and features the first appearance of the close-sung harmonies for any great length of time. It's also notable for Brian's emergence as co-lead singer, and also the beginning of the Mike on verses, Brian on choruses "formula".

All Summer Long - ASL is to 1964 what Surfer Girl is to 1963. Compare Girls On The Beach to the title track of SG. All Summer Long is the definitive early BBs album, the apex of the "what-the-man-on-the-street-thinks-the-Beach-Boys-are" stereotype. But it's a beautiful thing for all that.

Beach Boys Today! - Because it's damn near perfect.

Pet Sounds - Obviously.

Surf's Up - The album that heralded the resurgance of the Boys, and as serious artists too. Plus it's the best Side Two of any Beach Boys record since Today. Or since.

Holland - The studio album that heralded the end of the resurgance of the Boys, and one of their most underrated works. But it's an aural watercolour, it really is.

Love You - For I'll Bet He's Nice. And a half-dozen others. But also because it's a pure Brian statement.

Pacific Ocean Blue - Repeat the "Love You" spiel, but replace "I'll Bet He's Nice" with "River Song" and "Brian" with "Dennis".

Thirty Years Of Good Vibrations - Simply for having (nearly) of it in there.

Brian Wilson Presents Smile - This one is as self-explanatory as Pet Sounds in my eyes.

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« Reply #54 on: November 14, 2008, 10:35:57 PM »

Tough to cut it down to 10 but here it goes...

1.  Sunflower
2.  Friends
3.  Surf's Up
4.  Pet Sounds
5.  The Beach Boys Love You
6.  Holland
7.  Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE
8.  Summer Days
9.  Keepin' the Summer Alive
10.  Pacific Ocean Blue
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« Reply #55 on: November 15, 2008, 01:27:02 AM »

I think the compilations should be removed - once you've chosen the 1993 box, Pet Sounds & POB, you still got seven picks to fill in the gaps.
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« Reply #56 on: November 15, 2008, 02:29:14 AM »

Pet Sounds
Today
Wild Honey
Sunflower
Surf's Up
Holland
POB
Friends
BWPS
20/20
All Summer Long

My outsiders would be Summer Days..., Love You and BW88 and Smiley Smile and Surfer Girl and...
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« Reply #57 on: November 15, 2008, 12:52:53 PM »

I think the compilations should be removed - once you've chosen the 1993 box, Pet Sounds & POB, you still got seven picks to fill in the gaps.
Yeah, but some people see albums like "Endless Summer" as holding historical, emotional significance.
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« Reply #58 on: November 16, 2008, 04:18:55 AM »

Current top 10 would be ...

Pet Sounds
Sunflower
Surf's Up
All Summer Long
Pacific Ocean Blue
BWP SMiLE
20/20
Today
Concert (1974)
and ... wait for it ... Summer In Paradise !  Wink

Hmmm - a few months down the line and I'm-a-thinkin' that just MAYBE I should've gone for "Holland" or "CATP" instead of "SIP"  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #59 on: June 23, 2011, 10:47:22 AM »

picked (chronologically):

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Pet Sounds
Wild Honey
Friends
Sunflower
Surf's Up
Holland
Pacific Ocean Blue
Love You
BWPS

summer days is a MONSTER album for me. it seems criminally overlooked compared to today. all in a row -- girl don't tell me, help me rhonda, california girls, let him run wild, you're so good to me. mindblowing.
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« Reply #60 on: June 28, 2011, 01:59:15 PM »

I have this hole in my heart where Bambu and SMiLE (even in its unfinished, unreleased state) should be on this list.
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« Reply #61 on: May 13, 2012, 02:07:07 PM »

And now we have the problem that The Smile Sessions is A: Missing and B: Has no Votes. TWGMTR (Album) will also be lacking a spot.
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« Reply #62 on: June 02, 2012, 05:19:02 AM »

Picked:


PS - obviously
BWPS - come on, its SMiLE (i woulda added TSS instead perhaps if it was on the list)
Smiley Smile - because that transition is spectacular, and the album is very good if not very weird
Wild Honey - gotta show that diversity in style and man those Carl vocals!
Sunflower - obviously
Holland - show that progressive touch they had in the ealy 70's
In Concert - shows how kickass they were live at this time (very important part of their history!)
Love You - shows how things went when Brian returned from the abyss, essential to understand Brian after his absence
Today! - most solid predeccesor of PS, many wonderful ballads and upbeat tracks (+ some filler...)
Endless Summer - because it sums up their early image very well with all the known songs (woulda been cool if it had a few deeper cuts but since this was 1974 cant blame them!)


I feel I balanced it out well? Some of the picks might be debatable, I chose no GV box because that is cheating right?
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« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2013, 09:55:31 PM »

A good compilation to the cover the early surf and sun songs
Today!
Pet Sounds
The Smile Sessions (I know it's not on the list, but come on)
Smiley Smile
Sunflower
Surf's Up
Love You



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« Reply #64 on: May 07, 2013, 11:58:40 PM »

Wild Honey
Smiley Smile
Pet Sounds
Friends
All Summer Long
Today
Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)
Sunflower
Surfer Girl
Brian Wilson presents "Smile"

Very 1960s-slanted.
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« Reply #65 on: May 15, 2013, 07:12:11 PM »

My favorite albums(in no particular order and excluding comps, live and solo, so there's less than 10)

Pet Sounds - a perennial of course.  Not (IMO) the "greatest album ever", but a great one amongst many great ones that have been through out recorded musical history.   To this day it stands as a unique work.  There's nothing else, including anything in the Beach Boys catalog, that sounds quite like it.  

Smiley Smile - The SMiLE project distilled and corked for public consumption; too bad no one was thirsty, because they missed one of the most sublime little freaky nuggets ever, and I am guessing, the first album to really illustrate what one can achieve via a home recording studio.  

Friends - Such a pure, sweet album, comfort food, peaceful vibe....  This album might have done better had it come out in the mid 70's, it has that feel to me.

Today - This is, start to finish, one of the best albums of the 60's, and because they were wise enough to put the "audio verite'" ("...Big Daddy") track at the end of side 2 (instead of in the midst of the album as the previous two LP's had), it acts more as a coda, or bonus track to the album and not as a part of it.  This album is fantastic.  

Carl & The Passions - So Tough - Quite possibly more derided than even Smiley Smile, but this is my favorite album of theirs during that early 70's period.  First off it is the first post SMiLE debacle which does not recycle some piece of that project, and it's lack of cohesiveness, or flow makes me think of the Beatles White Album.  This is the Beach Boys White Album (albeit truncated), and I like all the songs on it.  I dig the gospel of "He Come Down" and the etheral "All This Is That", the Brian songs, "Marcella" and "Mess Of Help" are raunchy little rockers, and Dennis' tunes are two of the greatest and best examples of the "So Overwrought It's Nearly Ridiculous, But Somehow Still Inescapably Gorgeous And Touching" variety - and even the Fataar/Chaplan songs are decent.  

Surfer Girl - IMO their best early album.  Every song is enjoyable, it's young and fun and steeped in the classic image of the band.  Some of the lyrics are a bit sickeningly corny, but I'd still take "Surfer Girl", "Your Summer Dream" and "Surfer Moon" any day over "Girls On The Beach".    This is the classic early Beach Boys at their album oriented best.  

Wild Honey - Though I'm not a fan of Carl's karaoke run throughs of "Wild Honey" and "I Was Made To Love Her" (Al or Mike should have sung those IMO) this is a helluva great album.  
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« Reply #66 on: May 17, 2013, 12:47:18 PM »

My 10 were...

Today
Pet Sounds
Sunflower
Surf's Up
Holland
In Concert
Love You
Pacific Ocean Blue
Good Vibrations - 50 Years of the Beach Boys
Brian Wilson Presents Smile

Of course, the Smile Sessions would probably take BWP Smile for me now.  Felt bad for shutting out the 1962-1964 and 1967-1969 periods, but the boxset makes up for it a bit at least.
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« Reply #67 on: June 26, 2013, 10:49:12 PM »

My Top 10

1.  Pet Sounds
2.  Smiley Smile
3.  Holland
4.  The Smile Sessions
5.  Shut Down Vol. 2
6.  Sunflower
7.  Today
8. Surf's Up
9.  Pacific Ocean Blue
10. Love You

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« Reply #68 on: August 20, 2013, 02:59:54 PM »

Essential:

Sounds Of Summer
Pet Sounds


If you're a fan:
The Smile Sessions
etc
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« Reply #69 on: August 20, 2013, 04:35:47 PM »

Shut Down 2
All Summer Long
Today
Summer Days
Pet
Wild
Friends
20-20
Sunflower
POB

Others I like a lot but didn't make it
Surfin USA
BWPS
Rarities (killer stuff from late 60s on there)
Ten Years Of Harmony
Surf's Up
Holland
So Tough
and all 3 BB live LPs

Top ten is still the same, my comps and second choices would replace BWPS with TSS, but otherwise these are still favorites.
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« Reply #70 on: August 20, 2013, 05:13:39 PM »

Pet Sounds. Greatest BB's Album, although it is not my favourite lol.
Wild Honey. Nice Rocker. Another favourite, should be listened to by people who are just getting into the Beach Boys.
20/20. Love the Variety. Slightly Underrated.
Sunflower. Another all-time favourite. Like Pet Sounds, but more Beach Boys than Brian Wilson.
Surf's Up. Love It! Such an excellent album, but it would have been better with the Dennis Wilson songs!
Carl And The Passions - "So Tough". Second-most underrated Beach Boys album. Love this album!
Holland. Very slightly overrated, but still a great album. Don't much care for California Saga, however.
Love You. Their second-best album of the 70's. Didn't like it much at first, but it grew on me. Gotta love the rockin' Mona!
Pacific Ocean Blue. Hands down the best Beach Boys solo album. Sadly forgotten and therefore highly underrated to non-Beach Boys fans.
The Beach Boys. Easily their most underrated album. Love most of the tracks. Other than the then-contemporary production, what the hell is so bad about this album?!

I really wanted to include the Smile Sessions, but that isn't an option, so I replaced that with Holland.
Other albums that came close to making this list, but ultimately fell short:
Surfer Girl
Shut Down Volume 2.
The Beach Boys Today!
Smiley Smile
Friends
L.A. Light Album
Rarities
Brian Wilson
Imagination
That's Why God Made The Radio (although that isn't an option anyway)
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« Reply #71 on: March 17, 2014, 06:13:20 AM »

Surfer Girl
Today!
Pet Sounds
Smiley Smile
Wild Honey
Sunflower
Surf's Up!
Holland
Pacific Ocean Blue
Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE


It would be nice if SS/WH could be the 2fer (as in "Can't Wait Too Long")
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« Reply #72 on: February 06, 2017, 03:58:24 PM »

Today!
Summer Days
Pet Sounds
Smiley Smile
Sunflower
Surf's Up
Love You
Good Vibrations boxset (for as much as I can salvage from the albums I didn't choose)
Endless Harmony soundtrack (can't live without 'Soulful Old Man Sunshine')

I only chose 9 because the 10th would be The SMiLE Sessions
Or, in a world where things had gone better,
SMiLE
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« Reply #73 on: February 06, 2017, 10:36:18 PM »

1. The Smile Sessions, definitely.
2. Smiley Smile (barebones, back-to-basics BBs)
3. Pet Sounds (in best album lists blah blah blah)
4. Sunflower (each BB songwriting showcase)
5. Sounds of Summer (the sonic quality is top here, every hit single compilation)
6. M.I.U. (Al Jardine-produced)
7. LU (unconventional)
8. Holland (Chaplin/ Fataar)
9. Surfin' Safari (the debut)
10. Party! (nobody before & after made sth. like this)
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