Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

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Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby toomanyhatz » 18 Apr 2017, 00:26

Pet Sounds
Smiley Smile
Friends
Today!
20/20
Sunflower
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
The Beach Boys Love You
Wild Honey
All Summer Long
Surf's Up
Party
Shut Down Vol. II
15 Big Ones
Stack O Tracks
Holland
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"
M.I.U. Album
Surfer Girl
Surfin' USA
L.A. (Light Album)
The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe
Surfin' Safari
That's Why God Made the Radio
Keepin' The Summer Alive
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Summer in Paradise
Still Cruisin'

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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Matt Wilson » 18 Apr 2017, 00:58

I'd forgotten about your strange love for Smiley Smile.

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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Matt Wilson » 18 Apr 2017, 00:59

And you forgot Summer Days and Summer Nights.

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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby toomanyhatz » 18 Apr 2017, 01:07

Matt Wilson wrote:I'd forgotten about your strange love for Smiley Smile.


Nothing strange about it. Taken on its own merit, it's a brilliant album. Some days I like it more than Pet Sounds, in fact. It's got to be the most 'reviewed not for what it is, but for what it isn't' album of all-time.

Matt Wilson wrote:And you forgot Summer Days and Summer Nights.


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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Bent Fabric » 18 Apr 2017, 05:25

Pet Sounds
The SMiLE Sessions
Friends
Today
Surfer Girl
All Summer Long

the remainder

Some of my favorite music of all time, but they nearly always struggled with the very format that they briefly helped to perfect.

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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Goat Boy » 18 Apr 2017, 15:25

Matt Wilson wrote:I'd forgotten about your strange love for Smiley Smile.



One of the great "weird" albums of all time.


Pet Sounds
Today!
Surf’s Up
Smiley Smile
All Summer Long
Summer Days
Friends
Sunflower



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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Quaco » 18 Apr 2017, 16:29

Because there were a number of different approaches they used, it's hard to say which is better, a great example of the early style (Summer Days) or a great example of the middle period (Surf's Up), etc. For my own clarification, I have grouped them in more general groupings. Thus some of the precise rankings within a group might vary on any given day! Everything in the first two categories makes me very happy.

P.S. They really had a thing for the letter "S", didn't they?

VERY, VERY GOOD
Smile (the original, as I imagine it)
Pet Sounds
Smiley Smile
Today!
All Summer Long

REALLY GOOD
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Surf's Up
Sunflower
Shut Down Vol. II

JUST FINE
Surfer Girl
Friends
Surfin' USA
20/20
Wild Honey
Holland
Surfin' Safari
Little Deuce Coupe
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Re: Best to worst studio albums - The Beach Boys

Postby Mike Boom » 18 Apr 2017, 18:36

Smile Sessions
Pet Sounds
Surfs Up
20/20
Smiley Smile
Wild Honey
Sunflower
Today
Friends
Holland