"Made in the U.S.A." The Beach Boys. Capitol (AAD). This generous 25-song, 64-minute collection showcases both sides of a California rock institution: the lively, sun-accented celebrations of teen-age fascination with girls, cars and surf, and Brian Wilson's attempts to move beyond that giddy exuberance to more compelling and complex statements. The power of this second group of songs--including "Caroline No" and "God Only Knows"--is in large measure an outgrowth of the tension between the idea of good times reflected in the early songs and the reality of life's darker moments. Sound: good.
ROBERT HILBURN Compiled by Terry Atkinson
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