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AGD

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"The Beach Boys: All The Songs" is just out: here's the Amazon blurb -

The Beach Boys: All The Songs is a detailed look at the recorded output of this most unique and influential popular music group. From the 1962 debut Surfin' Safari through to 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio - the first record Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys had made together in sixteen years. This book covers all the material released by the major labels. To qualify, a song must have been issued commercially and released under the name "Beach Boys." Some of the truly obscure are included, such as `Howdy from Maui', a collaboration with Jeff Foxworthy from 1996. As well as covering the highest UK and US chart placings, each album is dissected with explanations on each song including songwriting credits and also includes background information to the making of each album. Documented in chronological order, each album release is given its own chapter and "orphaned" tracks such as B-sides and outtakes are also included within the appropriate time line. Author Rick Swan also provides bios for the key band members as well as the supporting musicians and the book is capped off with a full song title index for easy reference. Whether you are just starting out on your discovery of The Beach Boys or a longstanding fan, this detailed tome provides great insight into this most enduring band.

- and the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beach-Boys-All-Songs/dp/190872496X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542458501&sr=1-1&keywords=beach+boys

Should be an interesting read, looks like another ComGuide sort of thing, writ larger. Acording to Amazon, almost all of Swan's other books are concerned with Dungeons & Dragons but as they were all published back in the 90s, I'm thinking it's very probably a different person. One for the Xmas lists. [smile]


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This looks very interesting, thanks for posting AGD. I looked on Amazon.ca, unfortunately they don't show a price yet in Cdn$, and it's out of stock but hopefully that will change soon. It would be great to have a similar book for all of Brian's solo output and work with other groups like the Honeys, Jan & Dean etc. 
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AGD

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Am reading it now. Kinda disappointing. The writing style is beginning to grate, as is the authors habit of grading all songs from A to F, sometimes very bizarrely. I was wrong, it's not the ComGuide writ large at all. In fact, along with Jon Stebbins outstanding Dennis bio, it's not even mentioned in the bibliography. It may pick up.
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