The Beach Boys - Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)

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The Beach Boys - Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released July 5, 1965
Recorded February 24 – June 4, 1965
Studio United Western Recorders, Gold Star Studios, and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Genre Rock
Length 26:42
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Beach Boys' Party
The Beach Boys UK chronology
Pet Sounds
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Best of The Beach Boys
Singles from Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
  1. "Help Me, Rhonda"
    Released: April 5, 1965
  2. "California Girls" / "Let Him Run Wild"
    Released: July 12, 1965


  "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)" is the ninth studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on July 5, 1965, on Capitol Records. The band's previous album, "The Beach Boys Today!" (March 1965), represented a departure for the group through its abandonment of themes related to surfing, cars, and teenage love, but it sold below Capitol's expectations. In response, the label pressured the group to produce bigger hits. "Summer Days" thus returned the band's music to simpler themes for one last album, with Brian combining Capitol’s commercial demands with his artistic calling.

Produced by Brian Wilson, "Summer Days" reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were issued from the album: "Help Me, Rhonda", which became the group's second chart-topper in the US, and "California Girls", which peaked at number three.




"Girl Don't tell Me" marked Carl Wilson's fourth solo lead vocal on a Beach Boys studio album; he had previously sung lead with former rhythm guitarist David marks on a cover of the Eddie Cochran song "Summertime Blues" as well as lead on "Pom Pom Play Girl" and a cover of "Louie, Louie" from "Shut Down Volume 2".



Cover photo

"Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)" includes Nruce Johnston's first appearance on a Beach Boys album. As Brian Wilson's stage replacement, he was not yet considered an "official" member, but Wilson appreciated Johnston's skills enough to have him contribute vocally and instrumentally on the album. Johnston would often accompany the group on photo shoots, but he was prohibited from having those pictures published on album covers due to a preexisting contract with Columbia Records. Consequently, his image would not grace the jacket of a Beach Boys' album until he appeared on the back cover of "Pet Sounds" in 1966. Along with Johnston, Al Jardine is also missing from the Summer Days cover photo depicting the group on a sailboat, having missed the shoot due to illness.



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

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) proved to be another gold-selling success for the Beach Boys in the US, where it hit number 2 behind The Rolling Stones's "Out of Our Heads". Along with 1963's "Surfin' U.S.A." it remains the group's highest-charting studio album in the U.S. The following year, the album would reach number 4 in the UK. The album's lead single, "Help Me, Rhonda", topped the US Billboard Hot 100.

In a 2011 reappraisal, BBC Music observed that the track listing of Summer Days reads "like a Greatest Hits", and felt the album is unfairly disparaged for being "simply loaded with proud pop songs". Comparing to the Beach Boys' later work: "If Pet Sounds is the critics’ favorite, Summer Days is perhaps the people's day at the beach." That same year, the online journal Rocksucker praised the album, ranking it 4th in its list of "Ten Underappreciated Beach Boys LPs", but considers it "an inconsistent collection of which the high points are truly great and the low points ranging from merely good to just-about-passing-muster".




Track listing

Following a 1990s court case, Love was awarded songwriting credits for "The Girl From New York City", "Amusement parks U.S.A.", "Salt Lake City", "Help Me, Rhonda", "California Girls", "Let Him Run Wild", and "You're So Good to Me".

All tracks written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "The Girl From New York City" Mike Love 1:54
2. "Amusement Parks U.S.A." Love/Brian Wilson 2:29
3. "Then I Kissed Her" (Phil Spector/Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry) Al Jardine 2:15
4. "Salt Lake City" Love/B. Wilson 2:00
5. "Girl Don't Tell Me" (B. Wilson) Carl Wilson 2:19
6. "Help Me, Rhonda" Jardine 2:46
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "California Girls" Love/B. Wilson 2:46
2. "Let Him Run Wild" B. Wilson 2:20
3. "You're So Good to Me" B. Wilson 2:14
4. "Summer Means New Love" (B. Wilson) instrumental 1:59
5. "I'm Bugged at My Ole' Man" (B. Wilson) B. Wilson (credited as "Too Embarrassed" on back cover) 2:17
6. "And Your Dreams Come True" The Beach Boys 1:04



Sourced from Musician's Union AFM contract sheets and surviving session audio, documented by Craig Slowinski.

The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine – lead, harmony and backing vocals; electric rhythm guitar; hand claps; bass guitar on "You're So Good to Me"
  • Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals; hand claps
  • Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar on "Then I Kissed Her" and "Girl Don't Tell Me"; acoustic upright piano; Hammond organ; hand claps, timpani
  • Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead, rhythm, acoustic and twelve string guitar; hand claps
  • Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums on "Then I Kissed Her" and "Girl Don't Tell Me,"  tambourine, hand claps


Year Chart Position
1965 US Billboard 200 Albums Chart 2
1966 UK Top 40 Album Chart 4
Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Help Me, Rhonda" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1
1965 "California Girls" US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 3





The Beach Boys - Summer days (and Summer Nights!!)

UK Capitol T 2354 mono (1965).

Album produed by Brian Wilson.

Matrix    T1 2354-1       T2 2354-1

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 original 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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