The Beach Boys’ style set the soundtrack for summer that still endures 50 years later
VISALIA – Last week, The Beach Boys’ acclaimed 1966 album, “Pet Sounds,” was released in a limited colored vinyl LP edition by Capitol/UMe. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide and available exclusively from The Sound of Vinyl, the collectible special edition presents the classic album’s stereo mix on a 130-gram LP pressed on split translucent yellow and green vinyl.
The Beach Boys’ 12th studio album, Pet Sounds is of one of popular music’s most influential and universally-acclaimed albums and an example of it’s the band’s enduring music. More than 100 domestic and international publications and journalists have lauded Pet Sounds as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. In 1995, Pet Sounds topped MOJO’s special list of “The Greatest Albums of All Time” at No. 1, and in 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 2 on the magazine’s oft-cited list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Not a vinyl collector? Why not listen to the classic sounds of one of America’s most iconic bands in person next month when The Beach Boys will perform live at the Visalia Fox Theater.
You can capsulate most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But the band’s greater significance lies in the band being among the pioneers of the pop music genre.
For five decades, The Beach Boys — America’s first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone — has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, Calif. in 1961, 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.
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 under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping make The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.
Impressively, 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). 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 a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the 13th album Wild Honey, for which their tour is named. “Darlin’” reached the U.S. Top 20. The album itself reached number 24 in the U.S. and number seven in the U.K. The Beach Boys are led on the tour by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the band. This tour will not feature original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance.
The Beach Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St. in Visalia. Tickets range from $66 to $110 and can be purchased at foxvisalia.org or by calling the box office at 559-625-1369.