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Various Artists: The Roots of the Beach Boys [Digipak]

Track List

>Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
>Louie, Louie - Richard Berry
>Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman
>Moon Dawg! - The Gamblers
>Hully Gully - The Hollywood Argyles
>Riot in Cell Block Number 9 - The Robins
>To Know Him Is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
>Graduation Day - The Four Freshmen
>I Don't Want to Cry Anymore - The Hi-Lo's
>Hearts of Stone - Otis Williams & the Charms
>Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
>Devoted to You - The Everly Brothers
>Bluebirds Over the Mountain - Ritchie Valens
>Hushabye - The Mystics
>I'm So Young - The Students
>Deep Purple - Billy Ward & the Dominoes
>Mountain of Love - Harold Dorman
>Cindy Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher
>Summertime - George Gershwin
>Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
>Things We Did Last Summer, The - Jo Stafford
>In the Still of the Night - The Five Satins
>Ruby Baby - The Drifters
>Casual Look, A - Six Teens
>Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
>Cotton Fields - Lead Belly
>Wreck of The) "John B", (The - The Kingston Trio

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.

The Beach Boys' California sound was a joyful hybrid of Chuck Berry guitar riffs, Four Freshmen vocal harmonies, and a young man's fascination with fun and motion, which, in the case here, meant songs about cars, surfboards, and girls. That Brian Wilson and company cobbled all of this together into a soundtrack for an endless summer was either a stroke of genius or blind luck, and most likely a little of both. This set collects the originals of songs the Beach Boys either recorded or adapted, and the group's roots and influences are clear as sleigh bells. Chuck Berry is here ("Sweet Little Sixteen"), and so are the Four Freshmen ("Graduation Day"), as well as Ritchie Valens ("Bluebirds Over the Mountain") and Bobby Freeman ("Do You Wanna Dance"), and even Leadbelly ("Cotton Fields"), making this a fun playlist even without the Beach Boys angle. It's perfect for a long drive at the start of that endless summer. ~ Steve Leggett


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