The Beach Boys – Shut Down, Volume 2

ARTIST: The Beach Boys

TITLE: Shut Down, Volume 2 ShutDownVol2Cover

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #13

SINGLES: Fun, Fun, Fun (#5), I Get Around (#1), Don’t Worry Baby (#24)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Most all of the album are covers of known songs.

LINEUP: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A split decision, with some classics and some filler.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Four tracks on the first side (“Fun, Fun, Fun”, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “The Warmth of the Sun”, “This Car of Mine”) are bonafide Beach Boys classics (major and minor). The other eight songs range from amusing filler (“In the Parkin’ Lot”, “Pom, Pom Play Girl”), and valiant attempt at “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, down to blatant filler (two instrumentals and a cover of “Louie, Louie”).

Then there’s the inane “Cassius’ Love vs. ‘Sonny’ Wilson”, an excuse to fill 3:30 with trash talks and recycled hits. Who thought this was a good idea worth keeping on a record? Maybe a B-side?

The demands of Capitol Records for product meant that Brian Wilson could only do so much to make an album consistently excellent. For now, hits+filler was the rule.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Al Jardine marks his reappearance as a full-time member in the studio and photos.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a mono mix of one track, and a couple of oddities.

GRADE: C+: There’s some A+ stuff here, and then there’s the filler and obnoxious whatever it was.

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