The re-release of this CD features new packaging but contains the same tracks as the original.
All tracks are previously unreleased except for "Surfer Girl" and "Endless Harmony."
The Beach Boys include: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar (vocals, various instruments).
Additional personnel includes: Ron Altbach (vocals); Jerry Donahue (guitar); Rick Henn, Daryl Dragon (piano); Carlos Munoz (keyboards); Van Dyke Parks (sound effects).
Producers include: Brian Wilson, Rick Henn, The Beach Boys, Bruce Johnson, Carl Wilson.
Compilation producer: Alan Boyd.
Recorded in 1963-1980. Includes liner notes by Brad Elliott.
Digitally remastered by Dan Hirsch (DigiPrep).
ENDLESS HARMONY was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
The aptly titled ENDLESS HARMONY is a delightful, at times even giddy hybrid--equal parts "best of," "unplugged" set, live album, and rarities collection--by that most American of groups, The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson penned some of pop music's biggest hits in addition to producing them in his own lush and tasteful interpretation of Phil Spector's "wall of sound." Many of these deep, luxurious tunes ("God Only Knows," "California Girls," "Darlin'," "Help Me, Rhonda," and the pocket symphony "Good Vibrations") are included here in alternate versions.
For a glimpse into the Beach Boys' hectic days of early touring there is a five-song medley of their surfin' smashes taken from a campus concert. A peek behind the scenes into the band's creative process is afforded with demos and snippets of "Break Away," "Heroes and Villains," and "I'm in Great Shape," the latter two tunes originally slated for release on the most famous rock album that never was, SMILE. The Beach Boys are a world unto themselves, firmly rooted in the pop music tradition but, at their best, virtually inimitable. Yet their world is an embracing one, and ENDLESS HARMONY is evidence of the group's good humor, boundless ambition, and timeless quality.
Entertainment Weekly (8/21-8/28/98, p.127) - "This collection of rarities is notable for the inclusion of two long-fabled songs, 'Soulful Old Man Sunshine' and 'Loop de Loop,'....Those gems, which include a slew of alternate and live versions, offer...poignant evidence of Wilson's singular genius..." - Rating: A-
Soulful Old Man Sunshine - (writing session excerpt)
Soulful Old Man Sunshine
Radio Concert Promo 1
Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' U.S.A. - (1966)
Surfer Girl - (Binaural mix)
Help Me, Rhonda - (Alternate Single version)
Kiss Me, Baby - (Stereo remix)
California Girls - (Stereo remix)
Good Vibrations - (1968 rehearsal)
Heroes And Villains - (demo)
Heroes and Villains
God Only Knows - (1967 rehearsal)
Radio Concert Promo 2
Darlin' - (1980)
Wonderful / Don't Worry, Bill - (1972)
Do It Again - (early version)
Break Away - (demo)
Sail Plane Song
Loop De Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' In An Aeroplane) - (previously unreleased)
'Til I Die - (Alternate mix)
Long Promised Road - (1972)
Endless Harmony - (from "Keepin' The Summer Alive")