“Beach Boys’ Party!” by The Beach Boys - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1965Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Capitol wanted “Pet Sounds” out in time for Christmas 1965. That was never going to happen. The pressure from the label led to the “Beach Boys Party!” LP, issued in November 1965. The stopgap appeaser for “those who must be obeyed” represented something completely different. For the first time, the Beach Boys delivered (virtually) an all covers album… with an added twist. Recorded acoustically (with a light touch of electric bass) in the studio sporadically during September, the band and their friends rehearsed current and older hits, and presented them as an impromptu live recording of a party. In reality, the individual songs were recorded carefully, with laughter and background chatter being mixed in during post-production. The Olympics, The Beatles (thrice), The Rivingtons, The Everly Brothers, The Crystals, and even Bob Dylan are amongst those to whom The Beach Boys doff the cap. This album seems to have gotten a right old critical kicking, despite (in my opinion) being their best album yet. Human DNA eh? My ears and brain can only perceive the sheer unbridled joy of talented guys having “campfire style” fun with a set which gives fantastic insight to the core roots of the band’s influences. Just for the record, this sensory transmission reaches my fingers, toes and vocal chords. “Beach Boys’ Party!” is a complete winner… and, once again, Brian and the boys deliver a “stick that in yer pipe” to the label.

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A1 [02:22] 6.6.png The Beach Boys - Hully Gully (Cliff Goldsmith, Fred Smith) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [01:40] 7.1.png The Beach Boys - I Should Have Known Better (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [01:46] 6.9.png The Beach Boys - Tell Me Why (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Pop
A4 [02:18] 6.0.png The Beach Boys - Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (Alfred Frazier, John Earl Harris, Carl White, Turner Wilson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [02:51] 7.3.png The Beach Boys - Mountain Of Love (Harold Dorman) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A6 [02:56] 6.6.png The Beach Boys - You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Folk Rock / Americana
B1 [02:13] 7.2.png The Beach Boys - Devoted To You (Boudleaux Bryant) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:56] 5.6.png The Beach Boys - Alley Oop (Dallas Frazier) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [03:05] 8.2.png The Beach Boys - There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (Phil Spector, Leroy Bates) Rock n Roll Ballad
B4 [03:12] 6.0.png The Beach Boys - Medley: I Get Around / Little Deuce Coupe (Brian Wilson, Mike Love - Brian Wilson, Roger Christian) Pop
B5 [02:23] 6.5.png The Beach Boys - The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Robert Zimmerman) Folk
B6 [03:23] 9.6.png The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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