10. The Beach Boys The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds is The Beach Boys’ finest studio album, but its melancholic nature means that this excellent compilation is a better – and more straightforward – record for the road.
The talent of Brian Wilson and co. is undoubted, but it is also true that – Pet Sounds apart – they were often inconsistent on their records.
So it is most welcome that The Very Best Of The Beach Boys does such a good job of gathering together their finest feel-good hits (‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘Surfin’ Safari’, ‘Go0d Vibrations’, ‘Darlin”) whilst including a select few of the more emotionally resonant cuts (‘God Only Knows’, ‘Caroline No’) onto one surprisingly coherent album.
Try also: The Beach Boys Smiley Smile (Capitol, 1967).