The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe (1963/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 25:43 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Pop Rock, Surf Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Capitol Records
Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Little Deuce Coupe is presented here in stereo.
Released just one month after the Surfer Girl album, Little Deuce Coupe was, incredibly, the Beach Boys’ fourth album in less than a year. Brian Wilson and the band responded by turning in arguably their most consistent effort to date — and a concept album, to boot.
Little Deuce Coupe expanded the band’s subject matter to encompass 1963 America’s burgeoning love affair with hot rods, surrounding previously released cuts such as the title track, “409,” and others with strong new material (much of it cowritten by Wilson and a DJ, Roger Christian). A highpoint: the a cappella James Dean tribute “A Young Man Is Gone” (a reworking of Bobby Troup’s beautiful “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring”), a prime example of Wilson’s arranging genius and the band’s vocal prowess. “Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring” had been a standard for the vocal group The Four Freshmen, whose lush and distinctive jazz-based vocal arrangements had a huge influence on Brian’s musical development.
Apart from Surfin’ Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965.
The stereo editions of Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Beach Boys Christmas Album and Beach Boys Concert were all mixed in stereo by their own preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group’s supervision.
“Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions — evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck’s skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own — but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market,” says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys’ archivist.
The Beach Boys’ practice of double-tracking their vocals really lends itself to stereo mixes. Split left and right, as they are on a lot of those early stereo versions, those doubled vocal parts can really envelop the listener, surrounding them with Wilsons, Loves and Jardines!
01 – Little Deuce Coupe
02 – Ballad Of Ole’ Betsy
03 – Be True To Your School
04 – Car Crazy Cutie
05 – Cherry, Cherry Coupe
06 – 409
07 – Shut Down
08 – Spirit Of America
09 – Our Car Club
10 – No-Go Showboat
11 – A Young Man Is Gone
12 – Custom Machine