ARTIST: The Beach Boys
TITLE: Little Deuce Coupe
YEAR RELEASED: 1963
CHART ACTION: #4
SINGLES: Be True to Your School (#6) (The single version is an alternate track)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They repurpose the title track, 409, Shut Down and Our Car Club for this record. Of the new songs, this one has Spirit of America, A Young Man Is Gone and Custom Machine.
LINEUP: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After Capitol Records lifted two Beach Boys songs for a ‘hot rod’ compilation, Brian Wilson decided to record his own. Due to time constraints, four tracks were re-used.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Brian Wilson was already bucking the system. He didn’t like the fact Capitol re-purposed two of his car songs, so he wrote a bunch more, attached four previous car songs to them, and viola, the Beach Boys hot-rod album.
What’s more incredible is that this was released just weeks after Surfer Girl, and the sessions were done quickly right after those sessions concluded. He had some songs halfway done, and just finished them up post-haste.
It charted higher than Surfer Girl, but it’s not as great of a value with four retreads. Some of the songs definitely sound rushed; still the production is pretty solid considering everything.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Spirit of America” is about Craig Breedlove and his land-speed record car.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Outtakes and the single version of “Be True to Your School” are appended.
GRADE: C: Some good tracks, but most of the best songs are retreads.