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Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released 19 August 1996
Recorded 5 October 1995 -
12 June 1996
Genre Country
Length 37:47
Label River North Records
Producer Joe Thomas
Brian Wilson
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
(1993)
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
(1996)
The Pet Sounds Sessions
(1997)

Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 is an album by The Beach Boys. Released in 1996, it is, despite its 'Volume 1' sub-title, their only venture into the genre of country music.

The album contains new recordings of a number of the group's best-known songs, with stars of the country scene featured as guest artists. In the mid-1990s, country music was enjoying a new popularity and increased record sales (partly due to the success of Garth Brooks), and after the extremely poor sales of the previous Beach Boys album Summer in Paradise, it was hoped the project would revive their commercial fortunes.

Brian Wilson, at the time recently remarried and in his best mental state for many years, was persuaded to re-join the group and act as co-producer. In the event, it was to be the group's last recording with either Brian, Carl Wilson or Al Jardine, making Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, in all likelihood, the Beach Boys' final studio album.

Most of the guests were not mainstream country superstars who had crossed over into the pop market, although Toby Keith has done so since. Willie Nelson was easily the most recognizable name among them, and Timothy B. Schmit was known for his time in The Eagles. Tammy Wynette had recorded a version of "In My Room" with Brian Wilson, but it was saved for the projected Stars and Stripes Vol. 2, which never appeared (although her performance is included in the television documentary).

When it was released, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 easily outsold Summer in Paradise, but overall was not a major hit and was poorly received by critics. Consequently, further volumes in the series were scrapped.

The album went out of print for some years, but was reissued on CD in May 2008. The TV documentary Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds features studio footage of its making and interviews with participants.

Track listing

  1. "Don't Worry Baby" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 3:16
  2. "Little Deuce Coupe" (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian) – 2:50
  3. "409" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Gary Usher) – 2:20
  4. "Long Tall Texan" (Henry Strzelecki) – 4:02
  5. "I Get Around" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:29
  6. "Be True to Your School" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:18
  7. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:20
  8. "Help Me, Rhonda" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:10
  9. "The Warmth of the Sun" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:18
  10. "Sloop John B" (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:45
  11. "I Can Hear Music" (Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector) – 3:14
  12. "Caroline, No" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 3:19

Sales chart positions

Album
Chart (1996) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Billboard 200 101
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 12
Canadian RPM Country Albums 11
Singles
Year Single Chart Positions
US AC US Country CAN Country
1996 "I Can Hear Music" (with Kathy Troccoli) 16
"Don't Worry Baby" (with Lorrie Morgan) 73
"Little Deuce Coupe" (with James House) 69 41
"Long Tall Texan" (with Doug Supernaw) 69 82

Sources

  • Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 CD booklet notes, Robert K. Oermann
  • Allmusic.com
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