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1966

The Beach Boys Masterpiece Is Released (and Plenty of Other Classic Albums as Well)

  (Item #: 1966) 



When you look closely at all the great records that were released that year -- some of which can even be purchased in Hot Stamper form on this very site -- you may come to agree with us that 1966 was a wonderful year for music.

Click HERE to see the records currently on the site that were recorded or released in 1966.

And HERE to see the records from 1966 that we've reviewed, a substantially larger group as you can imagine, more than 60 at the time of this writing.


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Super Hot Stamper

The Beach Boys
Endless Summer

  (Item #: beachendle_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for sides one, three and four - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stunning Demo Disc sound on the best tracks -- rich, full and sweet beyond belief
  • Surfer Girl and In My Room are sublime on this pressing -- you will be blown away
  • 5 stars: "Endless Summer, which was assembled in consultation with Mike Love, soared to number one and charted high over two subsequent summers (spending three years on the charts, the longest of any of the group's albums)."
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The Beach Boys - Endless Summer

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: beachendle_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Endless Summer in Hot Stamper form at last! We've been picking these up over the years and until now we hadn't found copies with the kind of consistently good sound we'd want to give Hot Stamper grades too. This time around, that finally changed! We finally tracked down a handful of copies that really delivered. Like any compilation, there are some tracks that sound better than others, but the best sounding tracks on here easily rank with any Beach Boys vinyl we've ever played.

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Super Hot Stamper

The Beach Boys
In Concert

  (Item #: beachincon_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides or close to it - this album rarely hits the site, and here's a good one!
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on three sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - the other side plays Mint Minus Minus
  • "Beach Boys in Concert was the final live album to be issued -- excluding archival vault releases -- capturing the seminal American combo as a viable, hard-working rock & roll band with timeless material instead of the parody that Mike Love so perfectly embodied during their final years. This is the way the Beach Boys deserve to be remembered."
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The Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coup

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: beachlittl_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Capitol reissue LP has STUNNINGLY GOOD SOUND. The Beach Boys’ voices are as clear and as sweet as you could ever wish for. I’d be really surprised if original pressings of this album are even remotely as good sounding. This album sounds like somebody threaded up the master tape and started up the record cutting lathe.

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Super Hot Stamper

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end AND exceptionally quiet vinyl, this pressing has the Pet Sounds you've been looking for
  • Play this against any and all versions you have - this will be the last Pet Sounds you buy (unless you decide to upgrade to a Triple Plus copy)
  • The Beach Boys revolutionized the popular music of the day with their genius for harmony, and a killer copy like this has their voices sounding the way they should
  • 5 stars: "The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound."
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The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: beachpetso_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

We've obviously been at this Hot Stamper business for a long, long time. Well folks, today is the day that an amazing A+++ copy of Pet Sounds finally makes it onto the site (we've found a few before, but they always sold before they got a chance to be listed!). I'm not sure if you want to hear the story of how we finally found these good pressings or just snap this one up before the next man does -- I think we all know this record isn't going to last long here!

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The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

DCC Reviewed

  (Item #: beachpetso_dcc) 



Sonic Grade: D to C+

Not long ago we pulled out the three copies we had in our leftover stock of DCC vinyl and gave them a spin. They weren't awful, but they weren't very good either, sounding, like most Heavy Vinyl, airless, blurry, smeary, two-dimensional, dull and opaque.

Not surprisingly (to us anyway) one copy was quite a bit better than the other two. I would say that the sound would plot on a curve from about a D to maybe a C+, so let's figure the average would be around a C- or so.

I'd be surprised if the DCC Gold CD didn't sound better. More often than not it does.

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The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: beachsurfe_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

If you've ever played an original pressing of the album you know what a sonic mess it is. There may be some good sounding copies out there but we've never heard one and remain skeptical in the extreme as to the possibility. Ever heard a top quality early Beatles Capitol pressing? Me neither.

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The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: beachsurfe_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

I played the MoFi pressing of this record many years ago, some time back in the early '90s if memory serves, and at the time I could hardly believe that the good people of MoFi would release a record that was so ridiculously SPITTY. The sibilance is positively out of control, the result of their wacky cutting system and phony EQ.

But then I remembered that there has never been a title produced by these people with sound so bad that they would have cancelled its release,

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Super Hot Stamper

The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.

  (Item #: beachsurfi_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this Beach Boys classic from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Very few surf records offer the kind of realistic, lifelike sound you get from this pressing, on both sides
  • The sound is big, open, rich and full, with the performers front and center (as well as left and right)
  • 4 stars: "The real breakthrough... The LP was a huge hit, vital to launching surf music as a national craze, and one of the few truly strong records to be recorded by a self-contained American rock band prior to the British Invasion."
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The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: beachsurfi_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

It's hard to find great sounding Beach Boys records, so when first we heard a Hot Stamper of this title we were blown away. The sound is big, open, rich and full, with the performers front and center (as well as left and right). The highs are extended and silky sweet. The bass is tight and punchy. And this copy gives you more life and energy than others by a long shot.

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Super Hot Stamper

The Beach Boys
Surf's Up

  (Item #: beachsurfs_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this original Reprise pressing
  • They revolutionized the popular music of their day with their genius for harmony, and this copy gets their voices right
  • Includes classics Don't Go Near the Water, Long Promised Road, Till I Die, and of course the title smash hit, Surf's up
  • 4 stars: "A masterpiece [which] defined the Beach Boys' tumultuous career better than any other album ... The album closer, 'Surf's Up,' is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the Smile period."
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The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: beachsurfs_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This White Hot Stamper two-pack puts together the two winning sides from our last shootout! This is not an easy album to find good sound for -- just flip either one of these excellent sides over to hear what we mean. The mix is a bit of a mess (maybe more than a bit) and the sound varies somewhat between tracks, but when it works, boy it sure can sound AMAZING. Parts of this album are full of tubey magic, not to mention analog warmth and sweetness.

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The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

What to Listen For

  (Item #: beachsurfs_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

What's magical about The Beach Boys? Their voices of course, what else could it be? It's not a trick question. Any good pressing must sound correct on their voices or it has no practical value whatsoever. A Beach Boys record with bad sound in the midrange -- like most of them -- is to us a worthless record.

When you drop the needle on a copy with gritty, spitty, harsh, shrill vocals, give up and move on. You have a bad pressing and no amount of cleaning or adjusting of the table can ever fix it.

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