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The Beach Boys Announce Yearlong 60th Anniversary Celebration

Beach Boys in 1965
The Beach Boys in 1965

The Beach Boys will commemorate 60 years of transmitting their good vibrations around the globe with a yearlong celebration beginning next month. Kicking off the anniversary plans is the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of the group’s greatest hits collection, Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys. Due out June 17th, the album features nearly every US Top 40 hit from The Beach Boys’ career.

You can watch an unboxing video for The Sounds of Summer in the player below.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 60 years since we signed to Capitol Records and released our first album, Surfin’ Safari,” the group said in a statement. “We were just kids in 1962 and could have never dreamed about where our music would take us, that it would have such a big impact on the world, still be loved, and continue to be discovered by generation after generation. This is a huge milestone that we’re all very honored to have achieved. And to our incredible fans, forever and new, we look forward to sharing even more throughout the year.”

Originally released in 2003, The Sounds of Summer soared to #16 in the U.S. and stayed on the chart for 104 weeks. Now certified 4x platinum for sales of nearly four and a half million albums, the collection has been updated in both number of songs and audio quality, expanding the original 30-track best of with 50 more of the band’s most beloved songs for a total of 80 tracks that span their earliest hits to deeper fan-favorite cuts and from their 1962 debut album, Surfin’ Safari through to 1989’s Still Cruisin’.

The expanded edition of Sounds Of Summer will be available in a variety of formats, including digitally, a 3CD softpack, and as a Super Deluxe Edition 6LP vinyl boxed set on 180-gram black vinyl in two options – a standard set or a numbered, limited edition version featuring a rainbow foil slipcase and four collectible lithographs. Both versions will feature color printed sleeves that replicate the original “Capitol Catalog” sleeves that highlight the entire Beach Boys discography, and all formats will include a booklet with new liner notes and updated photos. The original 30-track version will also be available in its newly remastered and upgraded form on single CD or double gatefold LP on standard weight vinyl or as a higher-end limited edition numbered version pressed on 180-gram vinyl with a tip-on jacket and a lithograph.

Continuing the anniversary celebrations later this year, Capitol/UMe will also reissue 1972’s Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” and 1973’s Holland in a deluxe multi-disc set.

Other plans in the works for this year include a feature length documentary, a tribute special and several other exhibitions, events and partnerships. More details will be revealed in the coming months.

Sounds of the Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys Unboxing

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