Beach Boys, The - Shut Down Volume 2 (Mono) [LP] (200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl)

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The ultimate pressings of the Beach Boys discography from Analogue Productions!

33 1/3 RPM mono mixes created under Brian Wilson's supervision

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, most from the original master tapes or best sources available

Lacquer plating by Gary Salstrom and 200-gram vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings

To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!

For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.

Bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!

We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!

But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like ''Surfer Girl,'' ''In My Room,'' ''Little Deuce Coupe'' and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.

The look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in ''old school'' Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!

The first Shut Down was a hugely successful Capitol Records Various Artists compilation LP that had included a pair of Beach Boys tracks. Whereas their previous album Little Deuce Coupe had been a full-on car themed concept album, the Beach Boys' Shut Down Volume 2 was pretty much evenly split between songs with car themes and various high school and summertime-themed tunes. The album sought to further the Beach Boys beyond its ironic sea-and-sun fetish (none but Dennis Wilson ever surfed) into the burgeoning hot-rod subculture. ''... the high points remain nothing short of spectacular, including the Mike Love-propelled 'Fun, Fun, Fun,' Wilson's knowing nod to Phil Spector, 'Don't Worry Baby,' and the (hit) 'The Warmth of the Sun.''' - Amazon.com

Tracks
1. Fun, Fun, Fun
2. Don't Worry Baby
3. In The Parkin' Lot
4. ''Cassius'' Love Vs ''Sonny'' Wilson
5. The Warmth Of The Sun
6. This Car Is Mine
7. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
8. Pom, Pom Play Girl
9. Keep An Eye On Summer
10. Shut Down, Part II
11. Louie, Louie
12. Denny's Drums