This is actually the 5th album released by the Beach Boys though it has been paired with the 3rd album (Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2) for these double disc releases because of the cross-over in tracks between Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe, the 4th Beach Boys album.
When I first heard Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson I had three theories:
- This was poking fun at some criticism from critics
- It was born out of an actual conflict between the band members
- It was just a bit of fun and something different for the album
It seems option 3 was the correct answer! I laugh every time I hear this, though I understand it has been criticised as just being filler.
When listening to this album I have thought that it sounds really good and makes this 2-disc release a high quality one, though thinking back I can’t actually recollect any songs apart from Fun, Fun, Fun, Don’t Worry Baby, Shut Down, Part II, Louie Louie, Denny’s Drums and the aforementioned Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson. Ok, that’s actually more than I thought when I started writing and I am almost sure I can hear The Warmth of the Sun too, which is the song that Brian wrote after hearing of JFK’s assassination.
I find Denny’s Drums a strange inclusion – I have nothing against drum solos but this isn’t particularly impressive! I wonder if it was included in light of Dennis’s status as the group’s heartthrob?
Louie Louie has some quite strange ‘dum dum dums’ which I am guessing are courtesy of Mike Love. I didn’t know what to make of this cover at first but I quite like it now, I think!?
Can’t say I understand the concept of Shut Down, Part II being an instrumental. If Shut Down was an instrumental too it would have made sense.
Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long is next for me, when Play.com get around to sending me a replacement as the first copy came smashed up and with the front of the case and the inlay book missing!