ARTIST: The Beach Boys
TITLE: All Summer Long
YEAR RELEASED: 1964
CHART ACTION: #4
SINGLES: I Get Around (#1 US, #7 UK), Don’t Worry Baby (#24 US), Little Honda (#65 US, #11 UK), Wendy (#11 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: All Summer Long, Hushabye, Don’t Back Down, The Girls on the Beach
LINEUP: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love. Hal Blaine elped with drums.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Finally, an album with minimal filler and time wasting, though there are still a couple of real filler tracks.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This definitely is a summer album, with the perfect summer album opener (“I Get Around), one of the best motorcycle songs of the era (“Little Honda”), a beautiful, plaintive track (“Wendy”), and probably the best example of Brian Wilson’s falsetto (Don’t Back Down”)
The other tracks aren’t totally embarrassing. The surf instrumental by Carl Wilson is decent enough, and the song about drive-in movies is childish but harmless, and there is one that’s just recording studio chatter, but that’s easily skipped and it’s not cringeworthy.
What’s best is that Brian Wilson is soon becoming the consistent and memorable songwriter and arranger that we know him for. Good musical times were coming.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: During the brilliant “I Get Around”, Brian fired his dad as the manager.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Single mixes and alternate takes.
GRADE: B: Not many to skip or exile, finally.