The Beach Boys continue to dig deep into the vault and act like things are all fine and dandy with a career-spanning box set aptly titled, Made in California. Due out August 27th via Capitol, the six-CD collection spans seven-and-a-half hours, includes 60 original songs, demos, and alternate takes, in addition to an assortment of concert, television, and radio performances previously unreleased.
“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,” lead singer Mike Love wrote from atop a pile of gold coins, likely while commanding Huey, Dewey, and Bruce Johnston.
Amongst the unreleased rarities are tracks like ”Goin’ to the Beach”, “California Feelin’”, “Soul Searchin’”, and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”; a capella mixes straight “From the Vaults”; and BBC live recordings circa 1964.
Packaged as a high school yearbook, the set also includes a personal essay by Brian Wilson called “My Philosophy” that dates back to his school days in 1959, classic Beach Boys artwork and photos, and ”handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions” from Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.
Look for it before summer ends.
In related news, Wilson, Jardine, and Marks are recording alongside Jeff Beck, while The Beach Boys are playing god only knows where.