PRNewsFoto/Capitol/EMIAs part of The Beach Boys' ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a wide variety of special releases will be hitting stores in the coming weeks.
On October 9, the surf-rock legends will be issuing two new career-spanning best-of compilations, titled Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones, respectively.
The first is a single CD collection that will feature 20 tracks, including classics like "California Girls," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Good Vibrations and "Kokomo." It also will feature the title track to The Beach Boys' acclaimed new studio effort, That's Why God Made the Radio.
50 Big Ones is a two-CD set that, as its title suggests, will offer 50 selections from the group's catalog. The album will include nearly all of the songs featured on Greatest Hits, plus such gems as "Barbara Ann," "In My Room," "Heroes and Villains" and Darlin'." Both releases also will be available as digital downloads.
In addition to the hits packages, remastered editions of 12 of the group's studio albums will be issued on September 25. The updated versions of the records will be available on CD and digitally, and most will feature both mono and stereo mixes. The offerings include 1963's Surfin' U.S.A., Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe; 1964's Shut Down Volume 2 and All Summer Long; 1965's The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and Beach Boys Party!; 1966's Pet Sounds; 1967's Smiley Smile; 1970's Sunflower; and 1971's Surf's Up. Noteworthy among these releases will be the first-ever appearance of Beach Boys' Party! and Smiley Smile in stereo.
Lastly, The Beach Boys will participate in a September 18 event marking the opening of an exhibit commemorating the band's half-century anniversary at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "An Evening with The Beach Boys" will feature an acoustic set by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, as well as a Q&A session with the famed musicians.
The Beach Boys ******* up a European leg of their 50th anniversary world tour on Tuesday. Next up for the band is a series of dates in Japan that kicks off August 16 in Tokyo. You can check out all of the group's upcoming concerts at TheBeachBoys.com.
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