The Beach Boys - U.S. Singles Collection: The Capital Years 1962-1965
16 x CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, 2008
The packaging by Tom Recchion is the real star of this Beach Boys collection of early singles. You almost get the feeling you're buying a collection of E.P.'s but alas, you're not! They're CD's and it is also in mono and stereo mix. To be honest this is a great selection of Brian & Company's music. In many ways the music fits better as a single. "Little Honda" is a beauty of a song, from the first word 'Go!'
But by far the most interesting and my favorite of this package is the Christmas songs. "The Man With All The Toys" (almost sounds like a David Bowie title) is a superb song. It's Christmas but with a sense of dread. I can't imagine what Christmas was like at the Wilson household. I don't need to go there, but I will go to this song on a regular basis and on any day besides Christmas.