The Beach Boys are capping their 50th anniversary celebration with a massive trove of previously unreleased music as part of a six-CD collection of songs spanning the decades. Made in California, due August 27th on Capitol, will trace chronologically the band’s half-century career with more than seven and a half hours of music, including 60 original songs, demos and alternate takes, along with various concert, television and radio performances the band has never before released.
The set will come packaged as a high school yearbook with a reproduction of a personal essay called “My Philosophy” that Brian Wilson wrote while he was a student in 1959. Made in California will also include recollections from the other band members, replicas of classic Beach Boys artwork and memorabilia, photos from the band’s archives and what a statement calls “handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions” from Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.
“This box set captures the evolution of a dream which started with a family singing Everly Brothers songs around a piano, to creating the harmonies that fans would carry in their hearts for a lifetime,” Love said in a statement.
Previously unreleased tracks will include “Goin’ to the Beach,” “California Feelin’,” “Soul Searchin'” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Made in California will also come with a “From the Vaults” disc of rarities including a cappella mixes of songs including “This Whole World” and “Slip on Through,” alternate versions of “Don’t Worry Baby” and other beloved songs, and newly discovered BBC live recordings from 1964 of songs including “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man).”
The Beach Boys marked their 50th anniversary last year with a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and an extensive tour that featured all the surviving members of the band. Wilson said last week that he’s working on a new solo album with collaborators including Jardine and Marks.