BEACH BOYS *LITTLE DEUCE COUPE*
ORIGINAL MONO RELEASE T1998
Little Deuce Coupe was a concept album of sorts, in that most of the songs had something to do with cars and hot rod culture. That's a pretty thin train of thought to sustain for most of a record. What's worse, by the Beach Boys' own standards of hot rod tunes, most of the tracks are pretty trite and unimaginative, rating among their worst early material. Not only that, the three best cuts -- "Little Deuce Coupe," "409," and "Shut Down" -- had already been issued on LP. The most noteworthy of the other tracks was the Top Ten hit "Be True to Your School," whose fine tune and arrangement are marred by sappy lyrics of faith and loyalty to one's high school. (The album version, oddly, is different from the superior single, which had the Honeys adding female cheerleader chants.) "Spirit of America" and "A Young Man Is Gone" (a James Dean tribute with Four Freshmen-style vocals) are moderately interesting numbers, but on the whole this is probably the worst early Beach Boys album, with the possible exception of Surfin' Safari (and their 1964 Christmas LP, which doesn't really count). (AMDB)
Beach Boys, The – Little Deuce Coupe
Label: Capitol Records – T 1998, Capitol Records – T-1998
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US Released: 21 Oct 1963
A1 Little Deuce Coupe 1:50
A2 Ballad Of Ole' Betsy 2:15
A3 Be True To Your School 2:05
A4 Car Crazy Cutie 2:40
A5 Cherry, Cherry Coupe 1:50
A6 409 1:58
B1 Shut Down 1:50
B2 Spirit Of America 2:40
B3 Our Car Club 2:15
B4 No-Go Showboat 1:52
B5 A Young Man Is Gone 2:15
B6 Custom Machine 1:40
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Arranged By – Brian Wilson
Producer – Brian Wilson
Written-By – Bobby Troup (tracks: B5), Brian Wilson (tracks: A1 to B4, B6), Gary Usher (tracks: A6), Mike Love (tracks: B3), Roger Christian (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B1, B2, B4)
First cat.nr. on cover, second on label.
B5: Melody From "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring"
Cover photo taken from Hot Rod Magazine
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