10/11/2010

JIRO'S TOP 50 BEACH BOYS SONGS

If I had to choose just 1 band or artist to listen to for the rest of my life it would be without doubt The Beach Boys, I could listen to those guy's beautiful harmonies all day long. There are a lot of SMiLE bootleg versions of songs here because in my opinion a lot of those versions are better, usually because they sound less polished compared to their later re-worked versions.

50 - AT MY WINDOW - SUNFLOWER


49 - LITTLE HONDA - ALL SUMMER LONG



48 - YOU'RE SO GOOD TO ME - SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!)


47 - BE HERE IN THE MORNING - FRIENDS


46 - HOLIDAY - SMILE (VIGOTONE)

Maybe just a mess around for SMiLE but something about it just makes me wish SMiLE was released.

45 - I WENT TO SLEEP - 20/20


44 - DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER - SURF'S UP



43 - SAIL ON SAILOR - HOLLAND


42 - FRIENDS - FRIENDS



41 - LET HIM RUN WILD - SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!)


40 - VEGETABLES - (SMILEY SMILE)


39 - GIRLS DON'T TELL ME - SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!)


38 - OUR SWEET LOVE - SUNFLOWER


37 - I'D LOVE JUST ONCE TO SEE YOU - WILD HONEY


36 - ALL I WANNA DO - SUNFLOWER


35 - WOULDN'T IT BE NICE - PET SOUNDS


34 - THE WOODSHOP SONG - SMILE (VIGOTONE)

I don't know why a song full of noises of nails being hammered and wood being sawn would sound good but it does here, another example of the playful and unusualness of the stuff being recorded on SMiLE.

33 - PASSING BY - FRIENDS


32 - ANNALEE, THE HEALER - FRIENDS


31 - WHISTLE IN - SMILEY SMILE


30 - CHILD IS THE FATHER OF MINE - SMILE (VIGOTONE)


29 - KISS ME BABY - THE BEACH BOYS TODAY


28 - I GET AROUND - ALL SUMMER LONG



27 - PLEASE LET ME WONDER - THE BEACH BOYS TODAY


26 - THE TRADER - HOLLAND


25 - BLUEBIRDS OVER THE MOUNTAIN - 20/20


I think this is the only cover on this list.

24 - WIND CHIMES - SMILE (VIGOTONE)

Like the rest of SMiLE, this version is a lot less polished than the Smiley Smile version.

23 - CAN'T WAIT TOO LONG - UNRELEASED

This song was never actually ever finished and ultimately never released on any albums other than as a bonus on later re-issues, no idea why, it's beautiful.

22 - CALIFORNIA GIRLS - SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!)



21 - BUSY DOIN' NOTHIN' - FRIENDS


20 - IN THE BACK OF MY MIND - THE BEACH BOYS TODAY


19 - LONELY SEA - SURFIN' USA



18 - YOUR SUMMER DREAM - SURFER GIRL


17 - AREN'T YOU GLAD - WILD HONEY


16 - SLOOP JOHN B - PET SOUNDS



15 - ALL SUMMER LONG - ALL SUMMER LONG


14 - HELP ME RHONDA - SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!)


13 - THE SURFER MOON - SURFER GIRL


12 - FEEL FLOW - SURF'S UP


11 - DON'T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER) - PET SOUNDS


10 - GOOD VIBRATIONS - SMILEY SMILE



9 - LONG PROMISED ROAD - SURF'S UP


Carl's best song.

8 - OUR PRAYER - 20/20

Another SMiLE song that ended up somewhere else.

7 - IN MY ROOM - SURFER GIRL



6 - 'TIL I DIE (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) - SURF'S UP


5 - HEROES & VILLAINS - SMILE (VIGOTONE)

The thing with this song is that I don't think anyone other than Brian or Van Dyke Parks actually know how this was supposed to sound. The version on Smiley Smile is a nice pop song but there are elements in this Vigotone SMiLE version that make me believe that SMiLE really could have been the greatest album ever made.

4 - I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES - PET SOUNDS


3 - SURF'S UP - SMILE (VIGOTONE)

Beach Boys Surf's Up
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The main reason I prefer this version over the Surf's Up version is it sounds a lot rawer and closer to the live performance Brian did which is my favourite version of this song.

2 - FOREVER - SUNFLOWER


Dennis showing he could write something just as beautiful as Brian.

1 - GOD ONLY KNOWS - PET SOUNDS

Not only the best Beach Boys song but in my opinion the greatest song of all time.

4 comments:

ele said...

beach boyss make me wish is always summer

Alexandre said...

Thank you so much Jiro! This is a true christmas gift!! "All you wanna do" and "At my window" are such fantastic tunes. This selection sounds very Beatles... And your #1 confirms this feeling! Also, is there any reason why you didn't you include "Little Saint Nick" and "Warmth of the Sun"?
Hope to chat soon,
Cheers,
Alexandre

Bewusstseinserweiternd said...

Delightful!

Anonymous said...

Whoever would want to listen to this lot all day long. I can think of plenty of other things to do!!