The Beach Boys (album)

The Beach Boys (Album)

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The Beach Boys is the twenty-fifth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1985. This album is notable for several reasons:
  • It was the band's first album to be recorded after the death of Dennis Wilson.
  • It was the first of the band's albums to be released on CD.
  • It was the band's first album to be recorded digitally.
  • It was the band's last album for CBS Records (now Sony Music).
  • It was the first album for which Brian Wilson's therapist, Eugene Landy, was noted as a collaborating songwriter with Brian.
  • It was the band's last album with all new compositions.
  • It was the last album released by Caribou Records.
  • It features Motown artist Stevie Wonder on harmonica and keyboards on the song "I Do Love You", which he also wrote.


For the album, the band hired Culture Club producer Steve Levine, who took them into the world of drum machines, synthesizers, sampling, and hi-tech recording technology. All surviving members—Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine—took an active role in the project, writing several new songs for it, with Stevie Wonder and Culture Club each donating a song. The album was recorded during summer 1984 at Red Bus studio in London, and Westlake Audio in Los Angeles during late 1984/early 1985.

Although "Getcha Back" (composed by Love and his new musical partner, former Byrds producer Terry Melcher), was a top 30 hit, the album only reached #52 in the U.S. (making it their highest charting album since the...
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