The Beach Boys - Shut Down Vol.2

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The Beach Boys - Shut Down Vol 2
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released March 2, 1964
Recorded January 1–10, February 19–20, 1964,
United Western Recorders and Gold Star Studios, Hollywood
Genre Hot rod rock , surf sound , west coast sound
Length 27:05
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down Volume 2
All Summer Long
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Surfin' Safari
Shut Down Volume 2
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Singles from Shut Down Vol. 2
  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun"/"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
    Released: February 3, 1964


  "Shut Down Volume 2" is the fifth album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released on March 2, 1964 on Capitol. Produced by Brian Wilson, it was the first of three studio albums that the band would release in 1964. The album is the first not to feature rhythm guitarist David Marks, who departed from the band following disagreements with manager Murry Wilson.

The "Volume 2" in the album's title refers to a previously released multi-artist compilation album featuring and named after the Beach Boys' song "Shut Down", issued eight months earlier by the band's label, Capitol. "Shut Down Volume 2" reached number 13 in the US charts during a stay of 38 weeks.



The name of the record is based on the Shut Down hot rod compilation released by Capitol in July 1963. The multi-artist compilation, including the Beach Boys songs "Shut Down" and "409", peaked at number seven on the Billboard album charts, showing for 44 weeks.

This was the first album to not include David Marks as a performing member, though he remained a legal member until September 27, 1967. While bandmate Al Jardine had appeared on three of the previous four studio albums, this is the first to show him on a front sleeve photograph, taken by Capitol staff photographer George Jerman. The cover shows the band posing next to a selection of cars - notably, a Corvette Sting Ray owned by Dennis Wilson and Pontiac Grand Prix owned by brother Carl.


Music and lyrics

Recorded just as "Beatlemania" was reaching American shores, "Shut Down Volume 2" was intended to solidify the Beach Boys' position as one of the most successful acts in America, furthering the string of hit singles and albums they'd amassed over the past two years. The album was marketed as a "hot rod" collection after its predecessor "Little Deuce Coupe" and the compilation album "Shut Down" had performed successfully, despite this, less than half of the songs on the album mention cars.

The multi-tracks for "Shut Down Volume 2" went missing shortly after the album's release. In 2009, three reels of session outtakes were unexpectedly retrieved with the help of biographer Jon Stebbins, thanks to a fan who had found and kept the tapes untouched for years. New stereophonic mixes were created by producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd for the compilation Summer Love Songs, which includes an alternate version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" featuring a never-before-heard unused intro section as well as a new stereo mix of "Don't Worry Baby". With these reels, new stereo mixes of "Fun, Fun, Fun", "The Warmth of the Sun" and "Pom Pom Play Girl" were also created in 2013; the first two of these three appearing along with the aforementioned remixed songs on the "Made in California" boxset, and all five remixes surfacing on the Keep an Eye On Summer - The Beach Boys Sessions boxset in 2014, which featured select session highlights from these reels.


Commercial performance

Due in part to the British invasion, the album peaked at 13 on the Billboard charts in the US (number 11 Record World, number 12 Cash Box). "Shut Down Volume 2" didn't enter the Billboard albums chart until six weeks after release and stayed a shorter time in the charts (nine months) than their previous albums. Despite the band's relatively sluggish commercial performance at the start of 1964, by the middle of the year, the Beach Boys' career had recovered its momentum. "Shut Down Volume 2" was listed by Cash Box as fourth-biggest selling rock album of 1964 and received Gold certification by the RIAA in 1966.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Blender 2/5 stars
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars

Live performances

Eight of the 12 songs on the album have been performed live by either the Beach Boys or Brian Wilson as a solo artist, making it one of the most heavily drawn from albums when it comes to live set lists. When considering 3 of those 4 never played tracks are either instrumental or spoken word tracks, essentially eight of the nine songs on the record have been played live.


Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Fun, Fun, Fun" Brian Wilson/Mike Love Love 2:03
2. "Don't Worry baby" B. Wilson/Roger Christian B. Wilson 2:47
3. "In the Parkin' Lot" B. Wilson/Christian Love 2:01
4. ""Cassius" Love vs. "Sonny" Wilson" Love/B. Wilson group - spoken word 3:30
5. "The Warmth of the Sun" B. Wilson/Love B. Wilson 2:51
6. "This Car of Mine" B. Wilson/Love Dennis Wilson 1:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" Frankie Lymon/George Goldner B. Wilson 2:07
2. "Pom, Pom Play Girl" B. Wilson/Gary Usher Carl Wilson/Love 1:30
3. "Keep an Eye on Summer" B. Wilson/Bob Norberg B. Wilson/Love 2:21
4. "Shut Down, Part II" C. Wilson Instrumental 2:07
5. "Louie, Louie" Richard Berry C. Wilson/Love 2:17
6. "Denny's Drums" Dennis Wilson Instrumental 1:56




Partial credits from Craig Slowinski.

The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, handclaps
  • Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals; handclaps; tenor saxophone on "Pom, Pom Play Girl"
  • Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ, handclaps, finger snaps
  • Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, lead guitar, handclaps
  • Dennis Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, drums, handclaps
Additional musicians and production staff
  • Hal Blaine – drums on "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," tambourine on "Fun, Fun, Fun," timpani on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", bell tree and other percussion on "The Warmth of the Sun"
  • David Marks – possible lead guitar on "Don't Worry Baby"
  • Ray Pohlman – bass guitar on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," 6-string bass guitar on "Fun, Fun, Fun"
  • Leon Russell – possible piano on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Bill Pitman – acoustic rhythm guitar on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Tommy Tedesco – electric rhythm guitar on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Jimmy Bond – double bass on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Frank Capp – glockenspiel, temple block, castanet with stick (all on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love")
  • Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone on "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Plas Johnson – tenor saxophone on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone on "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Al De Lory — piano on "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
  • Chuck Girard – handclaps
  • Chuck Britz – engineer
  • Larry Levine – engineer


Sales chart positions

Year Chart Position
1963 US Billboard 200 Albums Chart 13
Year Single Chart Position
1964 "Fun, Fun, Fun" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 4
1964 "Don't Worry Baby" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 24





The Beach Boys - Shut Down Vol. 2

UK Capitol T 2027 mono (1964).

Album produced by Brian Wilson.

Matrix  T1 2027-1N    /    T2 2027-1N

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The albums laminated, flipback cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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