Brian’s Hidden Beauties CXVIII: All Summer Long

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Having recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ classic summer album, it’s a good time to have a closer look at the title track. As Brian Wilson tracks go, this one is pretty well known, especially being featured American Graffiti movie. However, it wasn’t an A-side of a single, and usually misses out in the “biggest hit” compilations, so I think it is still fair to feature it in my hidden beauties.

You probably know this song, but it features all of Brian’s greatest qualities – great pop hook, brilliant production, captivating vocal arrangement. And while the lyrics celebrate the simple joys, behind them is the realisation that summertime will be over soon….

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