LABEL: Capitol CATALOG #: SVBB-11384. TITLE: THE BEACH BOYS “Spirit of America.” SONGS / WORKS: Features 23 songs. CONDITION: NM- lps, NM- gatefold jacket. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: 1975 2-lp double album. Orange lp labels (1975). The follow-up to 1974's incredibly popular Endless Summer -- which gave the Beach Boys their highest chart placement for an album (at number one, no less) in a dog's age -- Spirit of America was a similar attempt to mine the group's classic Capitol Records catalog. Some of the less than wholly satisfying moments were more a reflection of the woeful state of Capitol's A&R department than they were any black mark against the Beach Boys' music. And the album did have its unexpected joys, as well as a few lessons to teach a lot of bands from the 1970s. Endless Summer had, indeed, mined the lion's share of big hits associated with the band, but Spirit of America, which was more hooked around the band's car song repertory than its surf music output, had its familiar moments -- "409," "Dance, Dance, Dance," "Little Honda," "Do You Wanna Dance," and "Barbara Ann" were great selections (and perfect to reach out to a teenage/early-twenties listenership attuned to -- if not always fully enamored of -- oldies and early-'60s nostalgia), and most of what surrounded them was a good match. And there was a serious, unexpected twist in the range of the content going right into the second song on side one, the repertory making a sudden leap across five years to the end of the 1960s and the group's then all-but-forgotten late-era single "Break Away." The latter song, which probably came up too early on the album to generate its maximum impact, did fit with the rest of what's here and helped direct a few otherwise unsuspecting low-level fans toward the group's then-overlooked late-'60s psychedelic-era output. There was a highly instructive lesson to be gleaned from listening to this collection, realizing that the four-sided double LP ran less than 50 minutes, without leaving anyone feeling cheated -- at a time when most bands this side of the Ramones and maybe the Flamin' Groovies seemed incapable of recording songs that ran less than five or six minutes, Spirit of America was downright refreshing in its succinct, bracing brevity, singles and album tracks alike. The 1975-vintage Beach Boys themselves could have taken a lesson from that aspect of this collection and its predecessor. This album is pretty much fun anyway you get to hear it, which is pretty much all the Beach Boys set out to do when they cut just about everything here, and that's a success in anyone's book. The Beach Boys "Spirit of America" Includes the following classic songs: Dance, dance, dance Break away A Young man is gone 409 The little girl I once knew Spririt of America Little honda Hushabye Hawaii Drive-in Good to my baby Tell me why Do you remember? This car of mine Please let me wonder Why do fools fall in love Custom Machine Barbara ann Salt lake city Don't back down When I Grow Up (To be a Man) Do you wanna dance Graduation day
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Classic 2 LP Set The Beach Boys "Spirit of America"

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LABEL: Capitol

CATALOG #: SVBB-11384.

TITLE: THE BEACH BOYS “Spirit of America.”

SONGS / WORKS: Features 23 songs.

CONDITION: NM- lps, NM- gatefold jacket.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: 1975 2-lp double album. Orange lp labels (1975).

The follow-up to 1974's incredibly popular Endless Summer -- which gave the Beach Boys their highest chart placement for an album (at number one, no less) in a dog's age -- Spirit of America was a similar attempt to mine the group's classic Capitol Records catalog. Some of the less than wholly satisfying moments were more a reflection of the woeful state of Capitol's A&R department than they were any black mark against the Beach Boys' music. And the album did have its unexpected joys, as well as a few lessons to teach a lot of bands from the 1970s. Endless Summer had, indeed, mined the lion's share of big hits associated with the band, but Spirit of America, which was more hooked around the band's car song repertory than its surf music output, had its familiar moments -- "409," "Dance, Dance, Dance," "Little Honda," "Do You Wanna Dance," and "Barbara Ann" were great selections (and perfect to reach out to a teenage/early-twenties listenership attuned to -- if not always fully enamored of -- oldies and early-'60s nostalgia), and most of what surrounded them was a good match. And there was a serious, unexpected twist in the range of the content going right into the second song on side one, the repertory making a sudden leap across five years to the end of the 1960s and the group's then all-but-forgotten late-era single "Break Away." The latter song, which probably came up too early on the album to generate its maximum impact, did fit with the rest of what's here and helped direct a few otherwise unsuspecting low-level fans toward the group's then-overlooked late-'60s psychedelic-era output. There was a highly instructive lesson to be gleaned from listening to this collection, realizing that the four-sided double LP ran less than 50 minutes, without leaving anyone feeling cheated -- at a time when most bands this side of the Ramones and maybe the Flamin' Groovies seemed incapable of recording songs that ran less than five or six minutes, Spirit of America was downright refreshing in its succinct, bracing brevity, singles and album tracks alike. The 1975-vintage Beach Boys themselves could have taken a lesson from that aspect of this collection and its predecessor. This album is pretty much fun anyway you get to hear it, which is pretty much all the Beach Boys set out to do when they cut just about everything here, and that's a success in anyone's book.

The Beach Boys "Spirit of America" Includes the following classic songs:

Dance, dance, dance
Break away
A Young man is gone
409
The little girl I once knew
Spririt of America
Little honda
Hushabye
Hawaii
Drive-in
Good to my baby
Tell me why
Do you remember?
This car of mine
Please let me wonder
Why do fools fall in love
Custom Machine
Barbara ann
Salt lake city
Don't back down
When I Grow Up (To be a Man)
Do you wanna dance
Graduation day

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