This album broke new ground for the Beach Boys
in several ways - it was the first album made by Brian Wilson
while the rest of the band were away on tour, with the band only adding their vocals later; it was the first album where they used 8-track recording on some tracks, and it was the first album to feature new member Bruce Johnston
, who had joined the band as Brian's touring replacement. He didn't feature on the cover though, and wouldn't until 1967
's Wild Honey
album. (Al Jardine
isn't on the cover either - he missed the photo shoot through illness).
Musically, though, the album is treading water slightly. There are a number of excellent tracks, but also more than a couple that simply repeat the summer fun formulae of the past.
- The Girl From New York City
- Amusement Parks U.S.A.
- Then I Kissed Her
- Salt Lake City
- Girl Don't Tell Me
- Help Me Rhonda
- California Girls
- Let Him Run Wild
- You're So Good To Me
- Summer Means New Love
- I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man
- And Your Dream Comes True
The line-up for this album was Brian Wilson
, Carl Wilson
, Dennis Wilson
, Mike Love
, Al Jardine
and Bruce Johnston
The album is currently available on Capitol records
as a twofer CD with The Beach Boys Today!
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