School’s out, the sun is blazing and those California beaches are most definitely calling.
The only thing that might be missing is a proper soundtrack for the season.
So, let’s once again turn to the greatest summertime band of all time.
Yes, of course, we’re talking about the Beach Boys.
Capitol Records and UMe are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act by releasing a greatly expanded and remastered edition of “Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys.”
The original multiplatinum-selling album was released in 2003 and featured 30 songs. The new version adds 50 more to the mix, resulting in 80 tracks that range from the band’s best-known hits to deep cuts.
Sing along with these Heroes of Hawthorne on “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Surfer Girl,” “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Barbara Ann,” “Help Me, Rhonda.” “In My Room” and many other beloved offerings.
“Sounds of Summer” is available for streaming and as a 3-CD set ($29.98). Yet, the best way to enjoy these classics is by grabbing the 6-LP 180-gram black vinyl boxed set ($179.98-$199.98). See thebeachboys.com for details.
Down the road a bit, local fans will have the chance to hear many of these “Sounds of Summer” songs in person when the Beach Boys perform on Sept. 11 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Tickets start at $54, mountainwinery.com.