Beach Boys Announce Massive Reissue Campaign With 12 Studio Albums and Two Compilations
The celebration of the Beach Boys‘ 50th anniversary rolls on! Capitol Records has announced it will be launching yet another massive re-issue campaign for the legendary Californian band.
The lead-off releases in this series are two new greatest hits packages. For the timid, there is ‘The Beach Boys Greatest Hits,’ a compact 20-track collection of the band’s biggest hits. For those who wish to dive in a little deeper, there is a deluxe, career-spanning 2CD box entitled ‘Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones.’ This collection features, as the title suggests, 50 Beach Boys favorites, including two songs from this year’s ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio.’
The box will be issued in a lift-top box package including an expanded booklet with new liner notes and seven postcards. The collection will also be available as digital download — no postcards with that one!
In addition to the hits packages, twelve of the band’s albums will also be re-issued. They have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett, who has been behind the board for many of the previous Beach Boys re-masters. The titles being re-issued are: ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ ‘Surfer Girl,’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ ‘Shut Down Volume 2,’ ‘All Summer Long,’ ‘Today!,’ ‘Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!),’ ‘Beach Boys Party!,’ ‘Pet Sounds,’ ‘Smiley Smile,’ ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Surf’s Up.’
Most of these titles will feature both mono and stereo mixes, with the exception of ‘Surf’s Up’ and ‘Sunflower,’ as they were never mixed in mono. No word on why ‘Surfin Safari,’ ‘Christmas Album,’ ‘Wild Honey,’ ‘Friends’ or ’20/20′ are not part of this re-issue series. Also in the works is a career-spanning 50th Anniversary box set for release later this year.
On Sept. 18th, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will launch a special Beach Boys 50th Anniversary exhibit. Opening night will kick off with ‘An Evening With The Beach Boys,’ which will be a public event featuring a Q&A and acoustic performance by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.