Friday, February 27, 2009

The Beach Boys - Little deuce coupe (1963)

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Little deuce coupe (1963)
1- little deuce coupe 2- ballad of ole Betsy 3- Be true to your school 4- car crazy cutie 5- cherry cherry coupe 6- 409 7- shut down 8- spirit of america 9- our car club 10- no go showboat 11- a young man 12-custom machine 13-i get around
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Reviewby Richie Unterberger
Little Deuce Coupe was a concept album of sorts, in that most of the songs had something to do with cars and hot rod culture. That's a pretty thin train of thought to sustain for most of a record. What's worse, by the Beach Boys' own standards of hot rod tunes, most of the tracks are pretty trite and unimaginative, rating among their worst early material. Not only that, the three best cuts — "Little Deuce Coupe," "409," and "Shut Down" — had already been issued on LP. The most noteworthy of the other tracks was the Top Ten hit "Be True to Your School," whose fine tune and arrangement are marred by breathtakingly sappy lyrics of faith and loyalty to one's high school. (The album version, oddly, is different from the superior single, which had the Honeys adding female cheerleader chants.) "Spirit of America" and "A Young Man Is Gone" (a James Dean tribute with Four Freshmen-style vocals) are moderately interesting numbers, but on the whole this is probably the worst early Beach Boys album, with the possible exception of Surfin' Safari (and their 1964 Christmas LP, which doesn't really count). [Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long, a Capitol two-fer CD, combines this and Little Deuce Coupe onto one disc, adding the 45 version of "Be True to Your School," alternate takes of "Little Honda" and "Don't Back Down," and the previously unreleased "All Dressed Up for School."]
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