Monday Labor Day Special 6 LPs: (1) Beach Boys – Endless Summer (1974)

Endless Summer is a compilation album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on June 24, 1974. A collection of hits from the band’s 1962–65 period, Endless Summer was compiled by their old label, Capitol Records, while the Beach Boys were contracted to Reprise Records. Its unexpected success bore immediate consequences for the band’s then-progressive musical direction. It revitalized the band’s popularity after years of lukewarm sales, but also inspired nostalgia for the Beach Boys’ early surfing and hot rod-themed music, repositioning the group as an oldies act.

Four months after its release, the album reached number 1 in the United States and Canada. It was the group’s second chart-topping album in the US and returned them to a level of commercial success they had not experienced there since the mid 1960s. The compilation spent 155 weeks on the Billboard albums chart and was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA for shipping over three million copies.

The album was included in Robert Christgau’s “Basic Record Library” of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau’s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). It was voted number 972 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).

1. “Surfin’ USA” 2:05
2. “Surfer Girl” 2:26
3. “Catch a Wave” 2:07
4. “The Warmth of the Sun” 2:51
5. “Surfin’ U.S.A.” 2:27

1. “Be True to Your School” 2:07
2. “Little Deuce Coupe” 1:38
3. “In My Room” 2:11
4. “Shut Down” 1:49
5. “Fun, Fun, Fun” 2:16

1. “I Get Around” 2:12
2. “Girls on the Beach” 2:24
3. “Wendy” 2:16
4. “Let Him Run Wild” 2:20
5. “Don’t Worry Baby” 2:47

1. “California Girls” 2:38
2. “Girl Don’t Tell Me” 2:19
3. “Help Me, Rhonda” 3:08
4. “You’re So Good to Me” 2:14
5. “All Summer Long” 2:06

21. “Good Vibrations” 3:35