The career of the Beach Boys speaks for itself. And the genius of Brian Wilson shines through that time too. I don’t believe any other vocal group has ever achieved such excellence in harmonies, and the legacy of their numerous hits will outlive them all.
I am choosing one of their less-popular hit records, as for me it encapsulates their total sound, and the sheer wonder of their combined voices. In 1969, I was a confirmed Soul Boy in London. At 17 years old, I was already a fan of all different kinds of music. Then I heard this record, and I had to rethink everything I thought I knew about vocal excellence.