Which Four Beach Boys Tunes Would You Add to Endless Summer?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ShockControl, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. ShockControl

    ShockControl Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Endless Summer has only 20 tracks. If you were to add four, to create a 24-track album, which would you choose?

    For the purposes of this poll: Let's pretend that Spirit of America or Sunshine Dream don't exist.

    Let's also limit the choices to pre-Pet Sounds material, although I've made an exception for "Sloop John B," since it pre-dates Pet Sounds and arguably fits well with the earlier era.

    I tried to pick what I consider to be the better surf/hot rod songs from the early albums, and I have also included an assortment of Today tracks.

    If you choose "other," please specify, but please keep within the aforementioned parameters.

    I have played this game over the years, and the choices are harder than I might have thought. At this point, I don't know which four I would choose.

    Have fun!
  2. jfire

    jfire Beatles and Jazz Know-if-All

    "Johnny Carson"
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  3. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    Lonely Sea
    Farmer's Daughter
    Summer Means New Love
    And Your Dream Comes True
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  4. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    I'd say the four best Brian/Beach Boys songs that aren't on "Endless Summer" and precede "Pet Sounds" would be:

    1. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
    2. Your Summer Dream
    3. The Surfer Moon
    4. We'll Run Away

    The last song is really my "left field pick", yet I think it's one of the most beautiful songs Brian ever wrote. I rarely see it mentioned yet I made a "Songwriters of the Century" disc for Brian Wilson and I included that one. I've always loved it.

    I'm ashamed that I had to leave off tracks like "Please Let Me Wonder", "Kiss Me Baby", etc.
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  5. Silver Surfer

    Silver Surfer Forum Resident

    1. Barbara Ann
    2. Little Honda
    3. Sloop John B
    4. Good Vibrations (which did appear on a CD reissue)
  6. 1.) Peggy Sue
    2.) Kona Coast
    3.) Shortnin' Bread
    4.) Livin' With A Heartache
  7. MonkeyLizard

    MonkeyLizard I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

    Of the song listed:

    Kiss Me Baby
    She Knows Me Too Well
    When I Grow Up To Be A Man
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  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I picked songs like 409, that were singles that should have made the first cut.
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  9. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Forum Resident

    New York
    I would add:

    1. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On my Shoulder)
    2. Lonely Sea
    3. Surfers Rule
    4. Summer Means New Love--instrumental but I love it. Simple but yet complicated. A work of genius for a young Brian.
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  10. Technically I certainly should have voted "Other", but I stuck the list instead...all from "The Beach Boys Today"... love the choices, but I could have picked 4 others honestly...
    "Please Let Me Wonder"
    "Kiss Me Baby"
    "She Knows Me Too Well"
    "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)"
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  11. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo

    Side A: add "Surfers Rule"
    Side B: add "This Car of Mine"
    Side C: add "When I Grow Up"
    Side D: add "Little Honda"
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
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  12. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    Barbra Ann (#2 Billboard)
    Sloop John B (#3)
    Dance, Dance, Dance (#8)
    When I Grow Up (#9)

    Endless Summer basically rewrote the Beach Boys’ history in the minds of the general public. By omitting these top 10 hits, and including non-charting B-sides “The Warmth of the Sun”, “Girl Don’t Tell Me” and “You’re So Good To Me”, as well as a couple of B-sides that managed to chart in the lower regions - “In My Room” (#23) and “Don’t Worry Baby” (#24) - the people who assembled this collection displayed a keen appreciation for the group’s best (if not best-selling) songs.

    Although clearly not at the level of the songs that were included, these four songs were hits and could have been included.
  13. Pierino

    Pierino Forum Resident

    1. Good Vibrations *
    2. Sloop John B
    3. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    4. Barbara Ann

    * As has been mentioned, Good Vibrations was NOT on the original album, only appearing later on the CD release. If I don't count Good Vibrations, then I would choose Dance, Dance, Dance.
  14. JamesD1957

    JamesD1957 Forum Resident

    Cypress, Texas
    I added:

    Barbara Ann
    Little Honda
    Sloop John B

    Not because I think they are the best of the songs listed, but because I think they fit best with the songs currently on Endless Summer.
  15. Edwin Hawley

    Edwin Hawley Forum Resident

    Okobojo, SD
    Barbara Ann
    When I Grow Up
    God Only Knows
    Good Vibrations
  16. grillo

    grillo Member

    portland OR
    Lonely Sea
    Your Summer Dream
    Don't Back Down
    Please Let Me Wonder...
    Obviously nearly all those songs are contenders (though nobody needs to hear Barbara Ann again!) but PLMW is my all time fave song.
    Don't Back Down shoulda been a single and would be considered another classic had it been.
    And I can never get enough of BW's ballads, especially when he's singing them.
    Great topic BTW!
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  17. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    Okay, using the old vinyl 5 songs per side, I would add the following:

    Side One: Lonely Sea
    Side Two: Dance, Dance, Dance
    Side Three: When I Grow Up
    Side Four: Kiss Me Baby
  18. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Well, I'd let Pet Sounds be it's own thing* so "Sloop John B" is out**. I voted for "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Do You Want to Dance" (only Joey sang it better than Dennis), "Kiss Me Baby" and "The Little Girl I Once Knew".

    *Now that I think about it, a while back I did a Beach Boys mix that was a hybrid of Endless Summer and Spirit of America but it ended with "Let's Go Away for Awhile" so can that be my honorable mention?
  19. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    I left Sloop John B off for about the same reason as above. Seems the start of a new era. Picked Custom Machine, Spirit America, Dance Dance Dance, Please Let Me Wonder.
  20. Pierino

    Pierino Forum Resident

    I don't view Pet Sounds as the start of a new era. I view Pet Sounds (and "Good Vibrations") as the end of an era.
  21. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
    - Keep An Eye On Summer
    - Do You Wanna Dance
    - She Knows Me Too Well

    also, they're basically my favorites
  22. Isamet

    Isamet Forum Resident

    New York
    Hang On To Your Ego :)
  23. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    Very intricate question. I would have to pass. I only know a couple of those songs.
  24. ShockControl

    ShockControl Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Considering that Capitol at one disowned Pet Sounds and gave everything from that point on to Reprise, I can't erase that giant line in the sand drawn by Capitol.
  25. ShockControl

    ShockControl Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks all for participating.

    At this point, it looks like the winners are "Barbara Ann," "Sloop John B," "Dance Dance Dance," and "When I Grow Up."

    I still haven't voted. I can't decide!

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