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All Summer Long
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released July 13, 1964
Recorded April 2, 1964 – May 19, 1964
Except "Drive-In" 's instrumental track: October 18, 1963
Genre Rock, Surf rock
Length 25:06
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Shut Down Volume 2
(1964)
All Summer Long
(1964)
Beach Boys Concert
(1964)

All Summer Long is the sixth studio album by The Beach Boys and their second in 1964. Recorded in the aftermath of the British Invasion, spearheaded by The Beatles, the album marked a major turning point in The Beach Boys' career, and in leader/prime songwriter Brian Wilson as an artist.

All Summer Long hit #4 in the US during a 49 week chart stay. All Summer Long (Capitol (S) T 2110) is now paired on CD with Little Deuce Coupe, with bonus tracks from that period.

Songs from this album are also featured on the EP Four.

Contents

Album history

Beginning in February 1964, Wilson engaged in a rigorous period of songwriting, emerging some weeks afterwards with songs including "I Get Around", "All Summer Long", "Wendy" and "Girls on the Beach". The Beach Boys dubbed their vocals over the instrumental tracks performed by session musicians, all produced by the 21-year-old Wilson.

"I Get Around" preceded the album's release by some two months and quickly raced to become their first #1 single in the United States; they also had a UK Top 10 debut with a #7 peak. The album was released in July, peaking at #4 in the United States, and being certified gold; the album did not make the UK charts, however.

But there was one major change in the internal structure of The Beach Boys during the making of All Summer Long. After enduring father and manager Murry Wilson's domineering ways for over two years, the band had reached the breaking point. .[citation needed]

Front cover artwork

A summer feel permeates the cover of this album, with a series of candid snapshots mounted into a montage. Photography was credited to both Kenneth Veeder and George Jerman (who had taken the photographs for the bands earlier albums) but it remains unclear as to who took the color pictures on the front of the sleeve, or the black and white studio shots on the reverse. The location for the shoot was once again Paradise Cove, north of Malibu, the same location used for the Surfin' Safari sleeve. However, whilst it appears that all five band members were present for the session only Brian, Carl, Dennis and Mike were photographed on the sand (along with the two girls, in various outfits) - Al was absent that day for unknown reasons and his images were added at a later date.

Track listing

All songs by Brian Wilson/Mike Love, except where noted. The cassette version omits "Carl's Big Chance" and "Our Favorite Recording Sessions".

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Side one

  1. "I Get Around" – 2:12
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  2. "All Summer Long" – 2:06
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  3. "Hushabye" (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) – 2:40
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "Little Honda" – 1:52
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  5. "We'll Run Away" (Brian Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:00
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  6. "Carl's Big Chance" (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson) – 2:25
    • Instrumental

Side two

  1. "Wendy" – 2:19
    • Features Mike Love and Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  2. "Do You Remember?" – 1:40
    • Features Mike Love and Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  3. "Girls on the Beach" (Brian Wilson) – 2:24
    • Features Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson on lead vocals
  4. "Drive-In" – 1:51
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals. Backing track originally used for an early version of "Little Saint Nick" in October 1963
  5. "Our Favorite Recording Sessions" (Brian Wilson/Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Mike Love/Al Jardine) – 1:59
    • Features all group members in studio banter. Recording engineer Chuck Britz briefly appears.
  6. "Don't Back Down" – 1:44
    • Features Mike Love and Brian Wilson on lead vocals (Original album covers mistitle the track as "Don't Break Down")

Singles

  • "I Get Around" b/w "Don't Worry Baby" (from Shut Down Volume 2) (Capitol 5174), 23 May 1964 US #1; UK #7 ("Don't Worry Baby" US #24)

References

  • Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990.
  • The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience, Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story, Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • Top Pop Singles 1955-2001, Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Top Pop Albums 1955-2001, Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Allmusic.com

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