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The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:30 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Pop
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This self-titled 1985 album from the Beach Boys marked the beginning of a new era for the band: it was the first to be recorded following the death of Dennis Wilson two years earlier and it also brought the Beach Boys into the modern era of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and 1980s production courtesy of Culture Club producer Steve Levine. Including the top 30 US hit Getcha Back, the album features guests Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder, Culture Club member Roy Hay, rock guitarist Gary Moore and horn and string players.

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The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:58 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Pop
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Sunflower, released in 1970, marked the debut of the Beach Boys on Reprise Records after spending almost a decade at Capitol. The album scored more positively with critics than at the cash registers, however, racking up accolades and glowing reviews around the world. Rolling Stone included Sunflower at number 300 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time; in his 2006 biography of Brian Wilson, writer and critic Peter Ames Carlin compared Sunflower to Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles.

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The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – M.I.U. Album (1978/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Pop
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Released in 1978, this Beach Boys album is named for the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa where it was recorded, a move that caused great turmoil within the band. Neither Dennis nor Carl Wilson approved of the decision, prompted by Mike Love’s adherence to Transcendental Meditation. As a result, only Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson were involved in any major way. The single Come Go With Me, re-released off a compilation in 1981, broke into the top 20 the second time around.

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The Beach Boys – Love You (1977/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Love You (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:28 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Pop
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Love You (also known as The Beach Boys Love You) is the 21st studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on April 11, 1977. Originally conceived as a Brian Wilson solo album entitled Brian Loves You, the album is almost entirely written and performed by Wilson, with the other band members mainly serving as additional lead vocalists. Peaking at number 53 on US record charts, the album was received with a sharp divide between fans and critics. One single was issued from the album: “Honkin’ Down the Highway” backed with “Solar System”.

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The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015) [HDTracks 24-88.2]

The Beach Boys – Live In Chicago 1965 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:47:39  minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Pop
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“Live In Chicago 1965” is an album of two previously unreleased recordings of The Beach Boys playing at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago on March 26 and 27, 1965.

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The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – L.A. (Light Album) (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:18 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Pop
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L.A. (Light Album) is the 23rd studio album by The Beach Boys, released on March 19, 1979. Produced by Bruce Johnston, James William Guercio and the band itself, the album was The Beach Boys’ first on CBS Records, and the first to feature contributions from Johnston since his departure from the band in 1972. Johnston was brought in when it became clear that the ailing Brian Wilson was in no fit state to produce the album, and has remained in the band ever since.

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The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Keepin’ The Summer Alive (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:12 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Pop
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Keepin’ The Summer Alive, released in 1980, was lushly produced by Bruce Johnston after an ill-fated attempt to have Brian Wilson helm the album. Featuring string and horn sections and many contributing musicians, among them Joe Walsh on guitar on the title track, this is the last Beach Boys album issued before the death of Dennis Wilson in 1983. The drummer refused to participate in the recording of Keepin’ The Summer Alive and only appears on one old track from 1972.

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The Beach Boys – Carl and the Passions ‘So Tough’ (1972/2015) [HDTracks 24-192]

The Beach Boys – Carl and the Passions ‘So Tough’ (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:31 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Pop
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Taking its title from Carl Wilson’s teenage band, Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” originally included Pet Sounds as a bonus when it was released in 1972. The Beach Boys’ personnel was in flux at this point, with outside members coming and going and minimal input from Brian Wilson. Nevertheless, the album hit number 25 in the UK and number 50 in the US.

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The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (1971) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (1971) [Analogue Productions 2016] {2.0 & 4.0}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:43 minutes | Scans included | 2,41 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 648 MB
Genre: Rock

The Beach Boys’ post-1966 catalog is littered with LPs that barely scraped the charts upon release but matured into solid fan favorites despite – and occasionally, because of – their many and varied eccentricities. Surf’s Up could well be the definitive example, beginning with the cloying “Don’t Go Near the Water” and ending a bare half-hour later with the baroque majesty of the title track (originally written in 1966). The album is a virtual laundry list of each uncommon intricacy that made the Beach Boys’ forgotten decade such a bittersweet thrill – the fluffy yet endearing pop (od)ditties of Brian Wilson, quasi-mystical white-boy soul from brother Carl, and the downright laughable songwriting on tracks charting Mike Love’s devotion to Buddhism and Al Jardine’s social/environmental concerns. Those songs are enjoyable enough, but the last three tracks are what make Surf’s Up such a masterpiece. The first, “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” is simultaneously one of Brian’s most deeply touching and bizarre compositions; he is the narrator and object of the song (though not the vocalist; co-writer Jack Rieley lends a hand), lamenting his long life amid the pollution and grime of a city park while the somber tones of a pipe organ build atmosphere. The second, “‘Til I Die,” isn’t the love song the title suggests; it’s a haunting, fatalistic piece of pop surrealism that appeared to signal Brian’s retirement from active life. The album closer, “Surf’s Up,” is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the SMiLE period. Carl gives a soulful performance despite the surreal wordplay, and Brian’s coda is one of the most stirring moments in his catalog. Wrapped up in a mess of contradictions, Surf’s Up defined the Beach Boys’ tumultuous career better than any other album.

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The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970) [APO Remaster 2016] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970) [Analogue Productions 2016] {2.0 & 4.0}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:01 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 697 MB
Genre: Rock

After Reprise rejected what was to be their debut album for the label, the Beach Boys re-entered the studio to begin work on what would become a largely different set of songs. The results signaled a creative rebirth for the band, a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Though the songwriting didn’t quite reach the high quality of “California Girls” or “God Only Knows,” Sunflower showed the Beach Boys truly working as a band, and doing so better than they ever had in the past (or would in the future). Many of the songs were co-compositions, and the undeniable songwriting and performance talents of Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were finally allowed to flourish: Dennis contributed “Slip On Through,” “Forever,” and “Got to Know the Woman,” while Bruce wrote “Deirdre” and “Tears in the Morning.” After a succession of spare, unadorned lead vocals on rock-oriented albums like Wild Honey and 20/20, Sunflower returned the Beach Boys to gorgeous vocal harmonies on the tracks “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water,” and “This Whole World.” And the arrangements, tight and inventive, showed Brian Wilson once again back near the top of his game (though the production is credited to the entire band). Sunflower is also a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the Beach Boys since Pet Sounds. As with that album, Sunflower earned critical raves in Britain but was virtually ignored in America.

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