Beach Boys celebrate 50th anniversary with UK tour and greatest hits album

The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, The Beach Boys have performed more than 50 concerts since April and had their highest ever debut on Billboard’s album chart last month with their critically acclaimed new studio release, That’s Why God Made The Radio.

The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Tour hits the UK in September playing London’s Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena on September 27 and 28 respectively. The legendary band is pleased to announce plans for the worldwide CD and digital release of two new commemorative hits collections and 12 remastered studio albums by EMI Records on September 24.

The Beach Boys’ new 50th anniversary Greatest Hits collection features 20 of the band’s most popular songs, including “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Kokomo,” their latest single “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” and many more. A career spanning Beach Boys 50th anniversary box set will also be released later this year by EMI Records, details to be announced soon.

A deluxe, 50 track 2CD box and digital collection titled Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones will also be released on September 24th, featuring 19 of the songs from the single disc Greatest Hits, plus 29 other remastered Beach Boys classics, as well as songs from the band’s new album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio” and a new single version of “Isn’t It Time” (which will be serviced to radio in September). The 2CD lift top box package also includes an expanded booklet with newly written liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild plus seven postcards.

The 12 Beach Boys studio albums have also been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and will be released both on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes. The albums are: Surfin’ U.S.A.; Surfer Girl; Little Deuce Coupe; Shut Down, Volume 2; All Summer Long; The Beach Boys Today!; Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!); Beach Boys Party!; Pet Sounds; Smiley Smile; Sunflower (stereo mix only); and Surf’s Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Beach Boys Party!, while The Beach Boys Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) albums are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety.

These new releases include the first ever stereo mixes of several key Beach Boys classics, such as “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Get Around,” and “409,” amongst others.

Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks have reunited this year for a major, international 50th Anniversary Tour and That’s Why God Made The Radio, the first studio album of new, original Beach Boys songs to feature all of the band’s surviving original members since 1989’s Still Cruisin’. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album debuted at number 3 on Billboard’s Album Chart.

For five decades, America’s first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favourite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.

The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America’s pre-eminent band of the 1960s.

In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band’s members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys’ intellectual property, including the band’s catalogue with Capitol/EMI and other label partners, as well as its name, logos, image and likeness.

The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits at 36.

Inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution.