Little Deuce Coupe (Stereo)

Beach Boys, The

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The ultimate pressings of the Beach Boys discography from Analogue Productions!

33 1/3 RPM original mono mixes created under Brian Wilson’s supervision

One of 10 titles featuring 33 1/3 mono and stereo remastered editions: Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Beach Boys Party!, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, most from the original master tapes or best sources available

Lacquer plating by Gary Salstrom and 200-gram vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings!

“These are the best sounding and best-looking versions of the Beach Boys records that have ever been produced. We want everything about these to be better than the original.” — Chad Kassem, owner and CEO, Acoustic Sounds

To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band’s music the way that Brian Wilson — famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger — intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson’s supervision were how the surf rockin’ California crew rose to fame! And we’ve got ‘em!

For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format — they didn’t release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, 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 Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.

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.
All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys’ Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.
Still, bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!

We’ve taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!

But there’s no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and more lend themseleves naturally to stereo. So we’ve got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.

Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in “old school” Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!

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. 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.

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Track Listings

1. Little Deuce Coupe
2. Ballad Of Ole’ Betsy
3. Be True To Your School
4. Cherry, Cherry Coupe
5. 409
6. Shut Down
7. Spirit America
8. Our Car Club
9. No-Go Showboat
10. A Young Man Is Gone

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