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The Beach Boys
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released June 10, 1985
Recorded June 1984–March 1985
Genre Rock
Length 40:31
Label Brother/Caribou/CBS
Producer Steve Levine
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Ten Years of Harmony
The Beach Boys
Made in U.S.A.

The Beach Boys is the twenty-fifth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1985. This album is notable for several reasons:

  • It was the band's first album to be recorded after the death of Dennis Wilson.
  • It was the first of the band's albums to be released on CD.
  • It was the band's last album for CBS Records (now Sony Music).
  • It was the first album for which Brian Wilson's Svengali, Eugene Landy, was noted as a collaborating songwriter with Brian.
  • It was the band's last album with all new compositions.

For the album, the band hired Culture Club producer Steve Levine, who took them into the world of drum machines, synthesizers, sampling, and hi-tech recording technology. All the members – Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and Al Jardine – took an active role in the project, writing several new songs for it, with Stevie Wonder and Culture Club each donating a song.

Although "Getcha Back" (composed by Love and his new musical partner, former Byrds producer Terry Melcher), was a top 30 hit, the album only reached #52 in the U.S. (making it their highest charting album since the release of 1976's album 15 Big Ones). After the album, CBS Records let the band's contract expire, leaving them without a record deal for the first time in years.

Brian Wilson contributed a song written in 1982 by himself and Dennis Wilson called "Oh Lord", but the song did not make the final cut. Also cut from the album was a cover of "At The Hop" with lead vocals by Mike Love.


Promotional videos

Two videos were produced to promote the album: "Getcha Back" and "It's Gettin' Late". Both videos featured a stereotypical nerd as the central character who socializes near the beach. In "Getcha Back", all (then-surviving) Beach Boys were featured in a story of childhood love separated until the couple reaches their teen years. The second video, "It's Gettin' Late", the central character is learning about the trials and tribulations of dating. The only Beach Boys member to be appear in "It's Gettin' Late" is Brian Wilson, who has a cameo at the end of the video where he picks up a seashell and listens to the song, "California Calling".

Track listing

  1. "Getcha Back" (Mike Love/Terry Melcher) – 3:02
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals, w/ Brian Wilson on the chorus falsetto as well as the ending lines to the song
  2. "It's Gettin' Late" (Carl Wilson/Myrna Smith Schilling/Robert White Johnson) – 3:27
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  3. "Crack at Your Love" (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine) – 3:40
    • Features Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine on lead vocals
  4. "Maybe I Don't Know" (Carl Wilson/Myrna Smith Schilling/Steve Levine/Julian Stewart Lindsay) – 3:54
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals, w/ Gary Moore on rhythm and lead guitars
  5. "She Believes in Love Again" (Bruce Johnston) – 3:29
    • Features Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston on lead vocals, w/ Gary Moore on guitar and synthaxe
  6. "California Calling" (Al Jardine/Brian Wilson) – 2:50
    • Features Mike Love and Al Jardine on lead vocals, w/ Ringo Starr on drums and timpani
  7. "Passing Friend" (George O'Dowd/Roy Hay) – 5:00
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals, w/Roy Hay on all instrumentation
  8. "I'm So Lonely" (Brian Wilson/Eugene E. Landy) – 2:52
    • Features Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson [middle-8] on lead vocals
  9. "Where I Belong" (Carl Wilson/Robert White Johnson) – 2:58
    • Features Carl Wilson [verses] and Al Jardine [chorus] on lead vocals
  10. "I Do Love You" (Stevie Wonder) – 4:20
    • Features Carl Wilson and Al Jardine on lead vocals, w/ Stevie Wonder on drums, bass, Fender rhodes and harmonica
  11. "It's Just a Matter of Time" (Brian Wilson/Eugene E. Landy) – 2:23
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  12. "Male Ego" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Eugene E. Landy) – 2:32
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
    This song was included as a bonus track on all CD releases of "The Beach Boys"


  • "Getcha Back" b/w "Male Ego" (Brother/Caribou), May 8, 1985 US #26
  • "It’s Gettin' Late" b/w "It’s OK" (Brother/Caribou), July 17, 1985 US #82
  • "She Believes in Love Again" b/w "It’s Just a Matter of Time" (Caribou), October 2, 1985

The Beach Boys is now paired on CD with Keepin' the Summer Alive.

The Beach Boys (Brother/Caribou/CBS BFZ 39946) reached #52 in the U.S. during a chart stay of 14 weeks. It reached #60 in the UK


  • Keepin' the Summer Alive/The Beach Boys CD booklet notes, Andrew G. Doe, c.2000.
  • "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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