Riding The Crest Again

PERFORMER: THE BEACH BOYS

ALBUM: GOOD VIBRATIONS

LABEL: CAPITOL

THE BOTTOM LINE: A historic five-CD retrospective restores the Beach Boys to their rightful place in the sun.

It has taken 26 years, but the Beach Boys have finally settled the score with Sergeant Pepper.

A little historical orientation: during the wild and heady days of Beatlemania, the premier rock group back in the U.S.A. was the Beach Boys. They were chart heavyweights but a little slight in the Serious Interest department: too light, too pop, too California. Then came Pet Sounds, a 1966 album that got glowing notices, heavy sales and...

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