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Shut Down Volume 2
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released March 2, 1964
Recorded February 20, 1964
Western Studios
Genre Surf rock
Length 27:05
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down Volume 2
All Summer Long

Shut Down Volume 2 is the fifth studio album by The Beach Boys, and the first of four they would release in 1964. The album's "Volume 2" refers to the 1963 hot rod compilation Shut Down, released by the band's label, Capitol Records, which included "409" and "Shut Down" but was not a Beach Boys album.

Shut Down Volume 2 hit #13 in the US charts during a chart stay of 38 weeks. Shut Down Volume 2 (Capitol (S) T 2027) is now paired on CD with Surfer Girl, with bonus tracks from that period.


Album History

Recorded just as "Beatlemania" was beginning to reach American shores (and would soon profoundly affect leader Brian Wilson's writing and career goals for The Beach Boys) Shut Down Volume 2 was meant to cement the band's position as the biggest band in America. Instead, The Beatles' invasion was so overpowering that the album peaked at US #13 (though it eventually went gold).

Part of the blame for the album's less than stellar performance was due to possibly the weakest ending to any Beach Boys album, with the last three tracks being considered, by common consent, filler. And although humorous, the addition of " "Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson" (a mock-fight between Brian and Mike) served to illustrate the need to fill up the album.

However, the high points of Shut Down Volume 2 are arguably among the strongest moments in The Beach Boys' saga thus far: "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Don't Worry Baby" (Brian's response to Phil Spector's "Be My Baby"), "The Warmth of the Sun" (written just hours after JFK's assassination) and a cover of Frankie Lymon's "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". "Pom, Pom Play Girl" also features Carl Wilson's first official lead vocal on a Beach Boys song.

Shut Down Volume 2 was marketed as a "hot rod" collection after predecessor Little Deuce Coupe had performed so successfully, but The Beach Boys were not able to maintain the theme as consistently this time around, signaling that prime songwriter Brian Wilson was already running out of car songs and would need to shift gears, subject-wise, soon.

Cover art

The front sleeve photograph, taken by Capitol staff photographer George Jerman, shows the band (now with Al Jardine making his cover debut) posing next to a selection of cool cars - notably, a blue Corvette Sting Ray owned by Dennis and Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Carl.

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:03
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  2. "Don’t Worry Baby" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 2:47
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  3. "In the Parkin' Lot" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 2:01
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson" (Mike Love/Brian Wilson) – 3:30
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals. All group members featured in spoken word parts.
  5. "The Warmth of the Sun" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:51
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  6. "This Car of Mine" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 1:35
    • Features Dennis Wilson on lead vocals

Side two

  1. "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (Frankie Lymon/M. Levy) – 2:07
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  2. "Pom Pom Play Girl" (Brian Wilson/Gary Usher) – 1:30
    • Features Carl Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  3. "Keep an Eye on Summer" (Brian Wilson/Bob Norman) – 2:21
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "Shut Down, Part II" (Carl Wilson) – 2:07
    • Instrumental
  5. "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry) – 2:17
    • Features Carl Wilson [1st and 3rd verses] and Mike Love on lead vocals [2nd verse and bass vocal]
  6. "Denny's Drums" (Dennis Wilson) – 1:56
    • Instrumental


  • "Fun, Fun, Fun" b/w "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (Capitol 5118), 3 February 1964 US #5
  • "Don't Worry Baby" featured as the B-side to "I Get Around" US #24
  • "The Warmth of the Sun" featured as the B-side to "Dance, Dance, Dance"


  • Surfer Girl/Shut Down Volume 2 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.

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