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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2018, 05:42:43 PM »

Here's my single disc "personal favorites" mix
I made "personal favorites" compilation before, which has very odd selection, I guess:

Watamushi's Favorite BB Track:
1. Surfin' USA
2. Don't Worry Baby
3. I Get Around
4. Kiss Me, Baby
5. California Girls
6. You Still Believe In Me
7. Here Today
8. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
9. Good Vibrations [SMiLE Sessions Mix]
10. Wonderful [SMiLE Sessions Mix]
11. Surf's Up [SMilE Sessions Mix]
12. Vegetables  [Smiley Smile Ver.]
13. Busy Doin' Nothin'
14. I Can Hear Music
15. Break Away
16. Slip On Through
17. This Whole World
18. Deirdre
19. Long Promised Road
20. 'Til I Die
21. Only With You
22. Crack at Your Love
23. That Same Song
24. The Night Was So Young
25. On Broadway
26. Soul Seachin'
27. Still I Dream of It
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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2018, 08:41:39 PM »

I just find this too hard to do. The hits have to be there, but how do you fit in as many hits as space allows and still have room for some personal favorites? Anything hit-oriented is always going to rely heavily on 62-67 tracks. After that, it goes more to key tracks and personal favs, and I really feel like that needs to be a separate disc. There are a lot of bands that are served well by a single disc comp, but not the BB's.
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« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2018, 09:57:24 PM »

Skipped over some albums and some hit singles but I think a good overview.

1. Surfin’ USA
2. Shut Down
3. Surfer Girl
4. In My Room
5. Fun, Fun, Fun
6. Don’t Worry Baby
7. The Warmth of the Sun
8. I Get Around
9. All Summer Long
10. When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
11. Please Let Me Wonder
12. Help Me, Rhonda
13. The Little Girl I Once Knew
14. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
15. God Only Knows
16. Good Vibrations
17. Heroes and Villains
18. Wild Honey
19. Darlin’
20. Time to Get Alone
21. Break Away
22. ‘Til I Die
23. Surf’s Up
24. Feel Flows
25. Sail On, Sailor
26. The Night Was So Young
27. Good Timin’
28. Angel Come Home
29. Soul Searchin’
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« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2018, 05:19:24 AM »

I just find this too hard to do. The hits have to be there, but how do you fit in as many hits as space allows and still have room for some personal favorites? Anything hit-oriented is always going to rely heavily on 62-67 tracks. After that, it goes more to key tracks and personal favs, and I really feel like that needs to be a separate disc. There are a lot of bands that are served well by a single disc comp, but not the BB's.

That's why I think Warmth of the Sun works perfectly with Sounds of Summer.  SOS has all of the big hits, while WOTS has some of the hits that didn't make SOS, as well as fan favorites like Friends, Feel Flows, Til I Die, etc.
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« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2018, 06:16:55 AM »

Endless summer and PS are still the best way to start a 1CD collection.
I agree Endless Summer is nice collection, but I have to disagree about Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds, as far as I know, is the worse, if not the worst, way to be introduced to the Beach Boys discography. It's a great album, but there are two reasons why I think it's inappropriate for non-fans to get started:

1. You need to get a certain context behind Pet Sounds to understand the album. In spite of its static presence on "all-time greatest albums" lists by rock magazine, the sound of Pet Sounds, at the first listen, never sounds like rock, and sounds way too complicated for non-fans to enjoy it immediately. The word "immediately" is important, since unless they soon will learn to enjoy the album, they would eventually find it "boring" with only several listens and give up on it. IMO, All Summer Long, Today, Summer Days and Sunflower all would be better starter.

2. In case the person you recommended BB liked/loved Pet Sounds, then the problem is that what they choose next - get back to the first album, or move on to the next album. Big No. Both Surfin' Safari and Smiley Smile is not a good starter for those who "only" love PS, and I think you already know why. Probably the last proper album, Summer Days would work for them, but even with that album I can see some fail to get it.

So, if you want to introduce someone to the BB with one comp and one original albums, either Endless Summer or Sound of Summer, and either All Summer Long and Sunflower are the good choices, in my opinion. 
Well said Watamushi, Pet Sounds can be intimidating as hell on first listen without context....
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« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2018, 08:17:13 AM »

I included one song from every album (cancelled or otherwise) outside of concert albums, although I added singles that are more thought of as singles than part of an album (like Good Vibrations, Kokomo, and Breakaway)

1. Surfin Safari
2. Shut Down
3. In My Room
4. Little Deuce Coupe
5. Fun, Fun, Fun
6. All Summer Long
7. Little Saint Nick
8. In the Back of My Mind
9. Help Me, Rhonda 
10. Barbara Ann
11. God Only Knows
12. Good Vibrations
13. Surf's Up (Smile)
14. Vega-Tables (Smiley Smile)
15. Darlin'
16. Busy Doin' Nothing 
17. Time to Get Alone
18. Breakaway
19. Tears in the Morning
20. Long Promised Road
21. Here She Comes
22. California Saga: California
23. It's O.K.
24. The Night Was So Young
25. Still I Dream Of It
26. Matchpoint of Our Love
27. Baby Blue
28. Goin' On
29. Getcha Back
30. Kokomo
31. Somewhere Near Japan
32. Strange Things Happen
33. Soul Searchin'
34. Long Tall Texan
35. That's Why God Made the Radio
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« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2018, 11:34:21 AM »

Here is my concept of a 2-disc "The Story of the Beach Boys" compilation, one that showcases mostly hits with some deep cuts sprinkled in to give a comprehensive look at the band's history:

DISC 1:
1. Surfin' Safari
2. Surfin' USA
3. Surfer Girl
4. Little Deuce Coupe
5. In My Room
6. Fun, Fun, Fun
7. The Warmth of the Sun
8. I Get Around
9. Dance, Dance, Dance
10. Help Me Rhonda (single version)
11. Kiss Me Baby
12. In the Back of My Mind
13. Barbara Ann
14. Don't Worry Baby
15. California Girls
16. Wouldn't It Be Nice
17. That's Not Me
18. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
19. God Only Knows
20. Caroline, No
21. Good Vibrations
22. Heroes and Villains (Cantina version)
23. Vege-Tables (Smile mix)
24. Little Pad
25. Wild Honey
26. Aren't You Glad
27. Darlin'
28. Friends
29. I Can Hear Music
30. Cabinessence (20/20 stereo mix)
Runtime - 1:19:10

DISC 2:
1. Slip On Through
2. Add Some Music to Your Day
3. Forever
4. 'Til I Die
5. Surf's Up (Carl lead mix)
6. Marcella
7. Sail On Sailor
8. California Saga: California
9. Funky Pretty
10. Rock and Roll Music
11. Roller Skating Child
12. Solar System
13. The Night Was So Young
14. Life Is For The Living (Carl acapella intro mix)
15. It's Over Now (2012 mix)
16. Still I Dream Of It (album version)
17. My Diane (Single tracked vocal mix)
18. Hey Little Tomboy (MIU mix)
19. Good Timin'
20. Santa Ana Winds
21. Getcha Back
22. Kokomo
23. Strange World
24. From There to Back Again
25. Pacific Coast Highway
26. Summer's Gone
Runtime - 1:18:19
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2018, 11:36:54 AM »

B.E. ,

Whoops, didn't mean to include Lady Lynda twice, though I do love that song!

And my favorite version is the one from Made In California
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« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2018, 02:02:54 PM »

The "..Classics Selected By Brian Wilson" CD does an excellent job. Sometimes when these collections stop at a certain point in the group's history, it's doing them a favor.  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2018, 04:38:28 PM »

Endless summer and PS are still the best way to start a 1CD collection.
I agree Endless Summer is nice collection, but I have to disagree about Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds, as far as I know, is the worse, if not the worst, way to be introduced to the Beach Boys discography. It's a great album, but there are two reasons why I think it's inappropriate for non-fans to get started:

1. You need to get a certain context behind Pet Sounds to understand the album. In spite of its static presence on "all-time greatest albums" lists by rock magazine, the sound of Pet Sounds, at the first listen, never sounds like rock, and sounds way too complicated for non-fans to enjoy it immediately. The word "immediately" is important, since unless they soon will learn to enjoy the album, they would eventually find it "boring" with only several listens and give up on it. IMO, All Summer Long, Today, Summer Days and Sunflower all would be better starter.

2. In case the person you recommended BB liked/loved Pet Sounds, then the problem is that what they choose next - get back to the first album, or move on to the next album. Big No. Both Surfin' Safari and Smiley Smile is not a good starter for those who "only" love PS, and I think you already know why. Probably the last proper album, Summer Days would work for them, but even with that album I can see some fail to get it.

So, if you want to introduce someone to the BB with one comp and one original albums, either Endless Summer or Sound of Summer, and either All Summer Long and Sunflower are the good choices, in my opinion. 
Well said Watamushi, Pet Sounds can be intimidating as hell on first listen without context....
Yep, and I believe songs like Wendy, Let Him Run Wild, all I wanna do, Our Sweet Love etc. which are on the albums I pointed would help them with their future fully understanding of Pet Sounds Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2018, 05:07:40 PM »

The "..Classics Selected By Brian Wilson" CD does an excellent job. Sometimes when these collections stop at a certain point in the group's history, it's doing them a favor.  Grin
It's a nice compilation, but my only concern is that it doesn't present non-Brian works at all so that it could give people wrong understanding of the BB career: Brian =The Beach Boys.
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