The Beach Boys U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962 - 1965


Ago 17 2008, 17:58

I love the U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962 - 1965 set by The Beach Boys. I've finally finished ripping all of the songs and scanning all of the CD sleeves. Overall, the sound is awesome. Pretty much the best versions of these songs appear on this set. Though I think I prefer the stereo mix of California Girls from Endless Harmony. The one that appears here is the same as the Sounds of Summer version. The volume level varies a bit more than I'd like and many songs are compressed a bit too much, but what can you do? The replication of the original 45 vinyl sleeves is one of the best things about the set. Each side of the sleeve is different. The book is great, though I wish I had a second one to rip apart and scan the photos. I know the set is pricey, but for a The Beach Boys fan, it's a must-own. Since the set stops at 1965, there will probably be at least one more set. Bring it on!

You can see scans of the covers here:

U.S. Singles Collection


  • Sessions_please

    So glad you got this set-the vinyl sleeve re-do was a stroke of genius on Capitol's part. I still need to investigate the EH California Girls vs. the US SC California Girls versions. Hope there are more sets in the works with improved levels. Any place to leave them feedback on this>?

    Ago 17 2008, 23:34
  • Jyroflux

    The next set will be great. It will have the Pet Sounds singles and Good Vibrations. Maybe the long-awaited stereo version of GV????

    Ago 18 2008, 1:03
  • Sessions_please

    After having listened to both CGs, I totally agree they should have used the more pristine sounding 99 stereo remix. The 2002 one sounds muddier. How did that happen? The PS singles & GVs set wouldn't go amiss in any collection, woo!

    Ago 18 2008, 2:13
  • Lowbacca

    don't have the money, sadly. they should another "hawthorne, c.a." compilation soon! there's so much unreleased stuff out there!

    Ago 24 2008, 20:02
  • Jyroflux

    You're gonna love it so much!

    Ott 4 2008, 1:02
  • Jyroflux

    I've added a second page that lists more details about the songs on the CD's.

    Gen 5 2009, 6:31
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