The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band that was formed in 1961 by Brian Wilson and his two brothers Carl and Dennis. It also included his cousin Mike Love and a close friend Al Jardine. During this time they gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics that reflected the Southern California youth culture; especially relating to surfing, girls, and cars.
The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years (1962-1965) is a collection of all of the U.S. Singles that the Beach Boys released between 1962-1965 on the Capital record label. It contains 15 CD "singles" that reflect the content of the corresponding released 45s along with bonus recordings as well as one bonus CD single.
The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection box set contains 16 CDs replicated with a reproduction sleeve. Scattered across the 16 CDs are 32 bonus tracks consisting of alternate mixes of many of the songs.
This set does not include their first single "Surfin" which was released on an independent label but rather begins with "Surfin Safari" which was backed with "409." For those who grew up in the 60s or listened to the classic rock stations in the 70s or 80s, these are some of the stalwart classics of the American music scene before the advent of the electronic revolution that saw the rise of the Fuzz box and the Wah Wah Pedal.
While I have supplied the full list of tracks include on each disk below, it is clear that these songs were the songs that defined American music culture at the time. Loosely competing with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys gave the U.S. something to call their own against the British invasion. While the Boys were not giving as much respect until the release of later albums such as Pet Sounds, these early tracks show a defining talent that has matured over time.
The quality of the music contained on The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection is very good. The set also comes packaged in a board-wrapped, telescoping box featuring a retro chrome appliance sticker, and a variety of textures including gloss & rubber coatings, inlaid wood veneer and a foil stamp. 48 -page case-bound photo book with 8 vellum pages is wrapped in mock sand.