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Still Cruisin'
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released August 28, 1989
Recorded 1987–1989,
Except "I Get Around": April 1964, "Wouldn't It Be Nice": January–April 1966, and "California Girls": April & June 1965
Genre Rock
Length 33:44
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson, Terry Melcher, Al Jardine, Albert Calbrera and Tony Moran
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Made in U.S.A.
(1986)
Still Cruisin'
(1989)
Summer in Paradise
(1992)

Still Cruisin' is the twenty-sixth studio album by The Beach Boys, their thirty-fifth official album (counting compilations and live packages), and their last release of the 1980s. It is also the last album of new material released during a brief return to Capitol Records.

After "Kokomo" (when released as a single from the Cocktail film soundtrack) gave the Beach Boys their first number-one hit in the U.S. since 1966's "Good Vibrations", the band decided to put together an album of recent and classic songs. The classic songs included had been heard in recent films. The songs "Still Cruisin'", "Somewhere Near Japan" and "Island Girl" were recorded for the album by the touring Beach Boys band as well as studio musicians and producer Terry Melcher. Due to his ongoing relationship with Dr. Eugene Landy, Brian Wilson's lone contribution to this album was "In My Car", a song credited as being co-written by Landy and girlfriend Alexandra Morgan. However, as subsequent court cases have seen Landy's name removed from other period songs[1], such as those on Wilson's 1988 album, these credits may be negated. "Kokomo" was a recent single, as was "Wipe Out", a duet with American rap group the Fat Boys. (The song was originally to be recorded with Run-DMC, but Mike Love apparently struck a deal with the other group.)[1] "Make It Big" was recorded for the film Troop Beverly Hills, and the remaining three songs- "I Get Around", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "California Girls" - were the 'classic' recordings, ones from the group's earlier period, that had been used in recent films.

The Australian issue of the album adds the Spanish language version of "Kokomo".

Riding on the coattails of "Kokomo", Still Cruisin' went gold in the U.S., and gave The Beach Boys their best chart showing since 1976. During Capitol's Beach Boys re-issue campaign in 2000 and 2001 however, Still Cruisin' was left behind and allowed to go out of print. The album is available to download though on iTunes and other music downloading sites.

Contents

Promotional videos

Four music videos were produced for Still Crusin'

Track listing

  1. "Still Cruisin'" (Mike Love/Terry Melcher) – 3:35
    From Lethal Weapon 2
    Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  2. "Somewhere Near Japan" (Bruce Johnston/Mike Love/Terry Melcher/John Phillips) – 4:48
    Features Mike Love, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine on lead vocals
  3. "Island Girl" (Al Jardine) – 3:49
    Features Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "In My Car" (Brian Wilson/Eugene E. Landy/Alexandra Morgan) – 3:21
    Features Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine on lead vocals
  5. "Kokomo" (Mike Love/Scott McKenzie/Terry Melcher/John Phillips) – 3:35
    From Cocktail
    Features Mike Love and Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  6. "Wipe Out" (Bob Berryhill/Pat Connolly/Jim Fuller/Ron Wilson) – 4:00
    With The Fat Boys
    Features The Fat Boys (Lead vocals), Brian Wilson (Lead vocals, falsetto backing vocals), Mike Love (backing bass vocals)
  7. "Make It Big" (Mike Love/Bob House/Terry Melcher) – 3:08
    From Troop Beverly Hills
    Features Mike Love and Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  8. "I Get Around" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:09
    From "Good Morning Vietnam"
    Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  9. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher) – 2:22
    From The Big Chill, features an alternative mono mix with more prominent lead vocal also found on the 1986 Made in U.S.A. compilation
    Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  10. "California Girls" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:35
    From Soul Man
    Features Mike Love on lead vocals
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Singles

  • "Kokomo" b/w "Tutti Frutti" (Little Richard) (Elektra), July 18, 1988 US #1; UK #25
  • "Still Cruisin' " b/w "Kokomo" (Capitol), August 7, 1989 US #93
  • "Somewhere Near Japan" b/w "Kokomo" (Capitol), January 1990

Still Cruisin' (Capitol) reached #46 in the U.S. during a chart stay of 22 weeks.

References

  1. ^ a b Doe, Andrew and Tobler, John G. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys- The Complete Guys to Their Music. Omnibus Press, 1997.
  • 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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