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Question: Rate Shut Down, Volume II
5 - 9 (9.8%)
4 - 45 (48.9%)
3 - 29 (31.5%)
2 - 9 (9.8%)
1 - 0 (0%)
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« on: December 26, 2005, 04:00:43 PM »

Discuss, review and rate Shut Down, Volume II, released March 1964.

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 04:03:06 PM »

Really, really good. Classic songs. What else do you want to know? I still think it's Brian not quite to his prime, but he's not far from it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 04:03:51 PM »

You can't beat In The Parkin' Lot.

3 and a half.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2005, 04:06:52 PM »

Fun, but the filler is almost unbearable. But how can you overly fault an album with Fun Fun Fun, Don't Worry Baby, and The Warmth Of The Sun (on the first side no less!)?
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005, 04:36:45 AM »

Their most infuriating early album, suffering the same problems as "Sufer Girl", Brian was right to want to redo the album all over.

Another backward step after LDC.

3 1/2 stars.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005, 12:50:16 PM »

The only thing I don't like it is Brian's hair on the cover. It looks terrible on him. The fact Carl is outdoing him in cutiness that soon is kind of humorous. I do like most of the album. I really like Pom Pom Play Girl. Shut Down Part II is filler alert. So is Denny's Drums, Louie Louie, Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson and especially in the Parking Lot. Besides those songs, it's listenable.



3 stars.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005, 01:30:06 PM »

Don't Worry Baby and WOTS.  On one studio album of original material.  Really hard to beat that.

Not too many years ago, I found a copy of "volume one", the compilation of car songs and such issued by Capital.  I wondered why the band didn't give it another name?

Warmth of the Sun would have been a nice title cut, don't you think?
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2006, 07:43:53 AM »

Good album. I love that bass and piano to "This Car Mine", Dennis providing another great vocal. WDFFIL I think is better than the original. "Pom Pom Play Girl" reminds me of something Jan & Dean would produce, is that Carl on lead? I love the melody that Mike does after the verses. KAEOS, nice ballad. Shut Down Pt. II, could have used more sax, but it's a decent instrumental. Louie Louie, definate filler, but I dunno it's kind of catchy to me. I like Brian's arrangement of it, they sing it too seriously though. Denny's Drums, I like it but filler obviously. And how can you beat Fun Fun Fun??

I give it a 3.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2006, 12:26:06 PM »

How can you beat In The Parkin' Lot?
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2006, 01:15:31 PM »

Shut Down II is one of my very favorites. It’s filled to the brim with goodness. Well known classics like Fun Fun Fun, Don’t Worry Baby and Warmth of the Sun, and secret gems like “This Car of Mine” and “Pom Pom Playgirl”. Things are getting serious, production wise, but everything is still sort of innocent and fun. I love this record and listen to it all the time. Top 5.
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2006, 02:31:52 PM »

This was a great album. Just listen to the first eight bars of In The Parking Lot. Trademark Beach Boy Harmonies Personafied.
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2006, 06:37:31 AM »

This has always been a fave but it is really overlooked. All Summer Long had the edge but this is as good as Summer Days or Surfin USA. Way better then Party, Xmas or Little Deuce Coupe. The first really ful Brian productions are on here.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2006, 10:49:46 PM »

This and 'Deuce Coupe' are a step down from 'Surfer Girl'. Probably due to Capitol pressures and the build up before Murray was fired.
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2008, 10:59:59 PM »

Starts off really strong, but then falls flat on it's face. Dennis' Drums is probably my least favorite track--of all time, by any band. Louie Louie...yeah. I can just barely get into it, but come on.
Most of the other songs are cool, though. Warmth of the Sun is probably my favorite early Beach Boys track. Something really weird about it.
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2008, 09:45:57 PM »

Why didn't they fix the egregious guitar flub during the fade of "Keep an Eye on Summer?"
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2008, 11:51:02 AM »

4 out of 5. Some great singles mixed with some hidden gems make this a great album despite some clunkers.

My best to worst list:
Don't Worry Baby
Fun, Fun, Fun
The Warmth of the Sun
Keep an Eye on Summer
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
In the Parkin' Lot
Pom Pom Play Girl
This Car of Mine
Shut Down Pt. 2
Louie Louie
Denny's Drums
'Cassius' Love Vs. 'Sonny' Wilson
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« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2008, 10:33:36 AM »

Too bad the 10" album was phased out by the time of the Beach Boys.  Nearly all their 12" LPs would have made GREAT ten inchers.  This is one of them for sure.
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2008, 11:40:13 PM »

Ugh, more car so--- wait! Not bad, not bad!  3 stars.

Track picks:  Don't Worry Baby (+++), Fun Fun Fun (+++), The Warmth of the Sun (+++)
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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2008, 12:18:23 PM »

To me, this is the Beach Boys For Sale album, filled with an older tune (I'll follow the Sun/Keep an Eye on Summer- both great tunes). A great remake: Why do Fools Fall in Love/Rock and Roll Music and a not so great remake: Louie Louie/Mr. Moonlight. The beach boys are for more superior in original tunes, though the Beatles had a #1 on theirs (8 days a week) Fun Fun Fun, WOTS, DWB are far better than the likes of Don't wanna spoil the Party, Baby's in Black, I'm a loser, IMO
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« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2008, 09:28:36 PM »

Beatles vs. Beach Boys? Wha--? HUH?

I think overall, Beatles for Sale is a stronger album, I have always thought that album was underrated!! 
For me, SHUT DOWN would be fine if it just had one more SONG at the end, say, Back Home or something.  A twelve song solo, admittedly with a couple of clunkers but listenable and with some classics. Luckily with modern technology, I can make exactly that. Denny's Drums still sucks, but at least it's short.
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« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2008, 10:04:18 PM »

If we want to be mathematical about this, the big three songs would rate a 5, the three fillers would get a 3 (afterall they don't completely suck; I've heard much worse) and everything in between would get a 4.  That gives this album an overall 4, which I think is pretty fair.  I can get thru it without the urge to skip tracks.
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2009, 06:48:54 PM »

A 4.4 from me. Love v. Wilson, SD Pt 2, and Denny's Drums aren't enough for me to keep an album with Don't Worry Baby, Warmth of the Sun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Keep and Eye on Summer, and WDFFIL on it from being great, but it does hurt the consistency.

5/5 Fun, Fun, Fun
5/5 DWB
4/5 In the Parkin Lot (intro and outro vocals are great)
2/5 Love v. Wilson
5/5 Warmth of the Sun
4/5 This Car of Mine
4.5/5 WDFFIL
4/5 Pom Pom Play Girl (Carl!!)
5/5 Keep and Eye on Summer
3/5 SD Pt2
3.5/5 Louie, Louie
3/5 Denny's Drums
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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2009, 04:02:50 PM »

I think this was keith moon's favorite album. Grin
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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2009, 07:51:23 PM »

I love Denny's Drums!!
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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2010, 06:51:56 PM »

The disparity between the best songs and the filler has never been more apparent than on this album. Fun, Fun, Fun, Don't Worry Baby and The Warmth of the Sun are all undisputed classics. Why do Fools Fall in Love is a great cover and Pom Pom Play Girl has a certain charm (in spite of the lyrics). There are at least 5 or 6 substandard tracks though which drag it down.

2 1/2 out of 5.
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