Tag: Capitol Records

Song Of The Day: The Decemberists, “Traveling On”

Taken from the Capitol Records release, Traveling On.

The Beach Boys: Wake The World: The Friends Sessions (Capitol)

The first of two offerings in the annual Beach Boys copyright extension series, this alternate version of their album Friends is a beautiful and surprisingly essential collection that offers new depth to one of their most underrated albums.

Paul McCartney & Wings: Wings Greatest (Capitol Records)

Though the usefulness of this recently reissued greatest hits package raises certain questions, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a perfect, bare-bones collection of Sir Paul McCartney’s absolute greatest hits.

Song Of The Day: Paul McCartney, “I Don’t Know”

Taken from the forthcoming Capitol Records release, Egypt Station.

The Beach Boys: 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions (Capitol Records)

The end of the year always finds The Beach Boys gifting their fans with dives into their vast studio and live archives. This year’s offering serves as a companion to the superb 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, and though it’s probably one of the less essential offerings in the ongoing series, it still contains a few moments that make it worthwhile.

The Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow (Capitol Records)

1967 wasn’t a good year for The Beach Boys, and it especially wasn’t good for Brian Wilson’s psyche. But the year did produce one of their greatest albums, the highly underrated Wild Honey. This two-disc collection examines the lesser-explored post-Smile Beach Boys era, even though the biggest selling point of this generous rarities collection deserved to stay unreleased.

The Beach Boys: Graduation Day 1966: Live At The University of Michigan (Capitol Records)

This year’s archival copyright release from The Beach Boys is a collection of two live performances. As live performances go, it’s a perfunctory show, yet these two shows represent something greater: a band at a crossroads, shortly before things worsened for their career.

Becoming The Beach Boys, 1961-1963 (McFarland)

Becoming The Beach Boys is the first truly exhaustive, in-depth biography of the formative years of America’s Band. It’s an unbiased look into their early years, and does quite a bit of myth-busting.

Lost Singles: The Beach Boys “California Girls” c/w “Let Him Run Wild”

  What would July 4th be without The Beach Boys? In selecting the single for this feature, I initially wanted to highlight the ultimate summertime song, “All Summer Long,” but, surprisingly, it was not initially released as a single in the US, although it was a popular album cut, and was released in various formats… Read More ›