Biography

The Beach Boys were the idea of three Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love and school friend Al Jardine. Their first popular song Surfin' was released by the locallabel. It was welcomed so nicely, that, thanks to this track, the band entered the Billboard charts. Shortly after, Capitol Records managers took notice of the young men and offered them a contract. In 1962, they started cooperation. Within the following year and a half, The Beach Boys released as many as four albums. Ten songs from them became national bestsellers, and yet the hard work took its toll on the health of the main creative figure on the band – Brian Wilson, who was also working for Jan and Dean. In 1963, the young group's fame reached the shores of the UK, whose local music heroes were pushed aside by the single Surfin' USA. However, The Beach Boys surrendered their throne to the British invaders of the USA. The band did it best to resist the intervention and recorded three more albums in 1964, all in vain. The Beatles and their followers made The Beach Boys share their pie of glory. Brian alone wrote the whole material for the new CD Pet Sounds (1966). This record ruined the expectations of the local music lovers, who waited to hear the trademark music of The Beach Boys and bought up the album in a blink of an eye. Eventually, the new album was a commercial failure in the States while having critical acclaim across the Atlantic.

Brian's strong nervous tension aggravated his health troubles and put an end to his performing with the band. It caused the first substitutions in The Beach Boys lineup. Overcoming the hardships, the band released an undisputable masterpiece, Good Vibrations (1966). This song topped many prestigious charts, including the American Billboard. Meanwhile, the members of The Beach Boys experienced growing conflicts on musical basis. Some wanted to continue the pop line, and the others strived to experiment and innovate. Moreover, Brian's condition was constantly getting worse on the background of his drug addiction. All these factors influenced the next albums Smiley Smile, and Wild Honey (both 1967), which did not succeed. This coincided with Brian's taking to his bed seriously ill. In 1969, The Beach Boys parted with Capitol Records. Their following release Sunflower (1970) repeated the lot of the band's last works, which forced them to go on a large tour across the States to bring back the lost positions. However, the idea of these concerts together with the double The Beach Boys in Concert (1972) proved to be a disaster. Such failures made it surprising that the Endless Summer (1974) compilation remained one of the American chart-toppers for 149 weeks.

In 1976, having passed the rehabilitating courses, Brian became the full-time member of The Beach Boys again, but the other brothers had their own troubles with drugs. In 1983, the band suffered a tragedy – Dennis Wilson, the drummer, drowned after a dive from his friend's boat. In 1985, The Beach Boys recorded the album of the same name and seemed to make progress again. However, it was only a short-period tendency. Still, their studio activity was extremely poor. They managed to record only two albums in 90's - Summer In Paradise (1992) and Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1 (1996). It was the session for the latter, when Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine reunited for the last time. After Carl Wilson's death of lung cancer in 1998, the band practically collapsed. Time and again, the musicians attempted to bring back the good old days. However, for the last two decades, they caused sensations rather by participating in court battles claiming their copyrights and unpaid royalties, than by playing and making music. All these years The Beach Boys have been drawing attention only thanks to their glorious past.

Studio Albums

The Beach Boys, That's Why God Made The Radio mp3That's Why God Made The Radio
Not every band happens to celebrate a fiftieth anniversary, but The Beach Boys not ondly did it, but marked it with the release of a new studio album, That's Why God Made The Radio
2012
  • Adult Contemporary
The Beach Boys, Merry Christmas mp3Merry Christmas
2000
  • Pop
  • Soft Rock
The Beach Boys, Summer in Paradise mp3Summer in Paradise
1992
  • Soft Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Pop
  • Adult Contemporary
The Beach Boys, Christmas Album mp3Christmas Album
1991
  • Pop/Rock
  • Standards
  • Traditional Pop
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds mp3Pet Sounds
1990
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Sunflower mp3Sunflower
1990
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Friends mp3Friends
1989
  • Baroque Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Still Cruisin' mp3Still Cruisin'
1989
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Beach Boys, Wild Honey mp3Wild Honey
1989
  • Baroque Pop
  • Blue Eyed Soul
  • Chamber Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Keepin' the Summer Alive mp3Keepin' the Summer Alive
1980
  • Pop
  • Soft Rock
The Beach Boys, Love You mp3Love You
1977
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Beach Boys, 15 Big Ones mp315 Big Ones
1976
  • Doo-Wop
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Soft Rock
The Beach Boys, Holland mp3Holland
1973
  • Americana
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Carl and the Passions: "So Tough" mp3Carl and the Passions: "So Tough"
1972
  • Blue Eyed Soul
  • Country Rock
  • Pop/Rock
The Beach Boys, Surf's Up mp3Surf's Up
1971
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, 20/20 mp320/20
1969
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Smiley Smile mp3Smiley Smile
1967
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Baroque Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, Beach Boys' Party! mp3Beach Boys' Party!
1965
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock & Roll
  • Rock & Roll
The Beach Boys, Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) mp3Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)
1965
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock & Roll
The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys Today! mp3The Beach Boys Today!
1965
  • Pop/Rock
  • Baroque Pop
The Beach Boys, All Summer Long mp3All Summer Long
1964
  • Pop/Rock
  • Pop
The Beach Boys, Little Deuce Coupe mp3Little Deuce Coupe
1963
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock & Roll
The Beach Boys, Surfer Girl mp3Surfer Girl
1963
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Beach Boys, Surfin' Safari mp3Surfin' Safari
1962
  • Pop/Rock
  • Pop
  • Rock & Roll

Compilation albums

The Beach Boys, Made in California mp3Made in California
2013
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Pop/Rock
The Beach Boys, The SMiLE Sessions mp3The SMiLE Sessions
The legendary rockers The Beach Boys released a new long play. The album The SMiLE Sessions included songs, which had been recorded by the musicians in the sixties, but these tracks had never been introduced before
2011
  • Baroque Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
The Beach Boys, The Warmth of the Sun mp3The Warmth of the Sun
2007
  • Baroque Pop
  • Blue Eyed Soul
  • Close Harmony
  • Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Rock & Roll
  • Soft Rock
  • Traditional Pop
The Beach Boys, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys mp3Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys
2003
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Rock & Roll
The Beach Boys, Ultimate Christmas mp3Ultimate Christmas
1998
  • Pop/Rock
  • Standards
  • Traditional Pop

Lives

The Beach Boys, Independence Day Party 1981 mp3Independence Day Party 1981
2016
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop Rock
The Beach Boys, Ringing the Liberty Bell mp3Ringing the Liberty Bell
2016
  • Baroque Pop
  • Pop Rock
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