Made in California Box Set
Made in California to Be Released August 27 by Capitol/UMe
Career-spanning set features Beach Boys classics and more than 60 previously unreleased songs, home demos, alternate mixes, and live recordings, presented in a yearbook-inspired hardbound book
Los Angeles, California — June 11, 2013 — The Beach Boys have opened their archives for a new career-spanning, six-CD collection titled Made in California, capping the legendary band's 50th Anniversary celebrations. To be released worldwide on August 27 (August 26 outside of North America) by Capitol/UMe, Made in California features more than seven and a half hours of music, including more than 60 previously unreleased tracks. The deluxe set is presented in a high school annual-inspired hardbound book with personal recollections from the band's members, replicated classic artwork and memorabilia, photos from the band's archive, and handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions from Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.
Produced by The Beach Boys and The Smile Sessions' Grammy® Award-winning team of Mark Linett, Alan Boyd, and Dennis Wolfe, Made in California chronologically charts the 50-year career of America's Band, from their earliest demos to their most recent recordings. With huge hits and rare gems including never-before-released original songs, home demos, alternate takes and mixes, and live concert, television and radio performances, the set showcases the breadth and diversity of The Beach Boys' recorded catalog and illustrates the band's unique and evocative West Coast story. From “Surfin' Safari” to “God Only Knows,” “Wouldn't It Be Nice” and “Good Vibrations” to “Kokomo,” The Beach Boys' canon boasts a masterful versatility that is unparalleled in American popular music.
Made in California's memorabilia includes Brian Wilson's 1959 high school essay titled “My Philosophy,” which is reproduced in the collection's book in its original handwritten form (the original is currently on display in The Grammy Museum's yearlong Beach Boys exhibit celebrating the band's 50-year career). In the essay, Wilson expresses his wish for a satisfying life, writing, “I don't want to settle for a mediocre life, but make a name for myself in my life's work, which I hope will be music.”
“This box set captures the evolution of a dream which started with a family singing Everly Brothers songs around a piano, to creating the harmonies that fans would carry in their hearts for a lifetime,” said Mike Love. “Seeing these photos and rediscovering some of this music, I'm reminded of the immense love I feel for Brian, Dennis, Carl, Bruce, Al, and David. I'm still floored that our stories continue to inspire new generations to catch a wave and ride it is long as it lasts.”
Made in California's previously unreleased and long sought-after recordings include “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling,” and “You're Still a Mystery,” among others. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, including “Runaway” (1965), “Friends” and “Little Bird” (1968), “Wild Honey” (1972), “It's About Time” (1973), “Wonderful” and “Vegetables” from The Beach Boys' legendary 1993 acoustic tour, and a 1995 rendition of “Sail On, Sailor” featuring a soulful lead vocal by the late Carl Wilson. The greatly missed talents of Carl and Dennis Wilson are also celebrated with rare and previously unreleased recordings including Dennis' “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” “Barnyard Blues” and “My Love Lives On,” Carl's lead vocals on “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Soul Searchin',” and Carl's shared lead with Bruce and Brian on “California Feelin'.”
The set also features a special “From the Vaults” disc of rarities selected by the band and the producers with longtime Beach Boys fans in mind. Among the disc's highlights are a cappella mixes of standout vocal recordings for songs including “This Whole World” and “Slip On Through,” alternate versions of “Don't Worry Baby” and other Beach Boys classics, session highlights and instrumental tracks, plus newly-discovered BBC Radio live recordings from 1964 of “Wendy,” “When I Grow Up (to Be a Man),” and “Hushabye.”
One of the most iconic bands in popular music history and America's first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone, The Beach Boys have performed and recorded the world's favorite soundtrack to summer since 1961. Founded that year in Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.
Last year's reunion of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks for a new studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour, the band's first major outing to include Wilson in more than two decades, made headlines around the world as one of the year's top entertainment stories.
Released last June, That's Why God Made the Radio was the band's 29th studio album (including 2011's The Smile Sessions), and the first in decades to feature all of the band's surviving original members. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the band's highest-ever album chart debut.
The sold-out tour took The Beach Boys to more than 70 cities around the world, including their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl since 1965, headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and tour-closing concerts at London's O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall. In a review of the landmark tour's first concert, Rolling Stone recognized the band's deep well of signature songs, noting, “It's not until a band like the Beach Boys runs through their hits back-to-back in rapid succession that you realize just how many hits they've had.” On May 21, Capitol/UMe released The Beach Boys' new concert album, Live — The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2CD and digital collection of 41 standout recordings from the acclaimed tour.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin' Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and the band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.
In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band's members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys' intellectual property, including the band's catalog with Capitol/UMe and other label partners, as well as its name, artwork/logos, image and likeness.
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys has achieved triple-Platinum sales status, and The Smile Sessions, released to worldwide critical acclaim in November 2011, won a Grammy® Award for Best Historical Album and was heralded as the year's Best Reissue by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.
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