The Beach Boys Holland 200g Vinyl LP + 12" Bonus Disc
"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
"First released in 1973 during the period that's still being rediscovered by many, this LP opened with a relatively familiar 'Sail On, Sailor.' The rest, however, is not of a high enough calibre to supplant the earlier Surf's Up as among the best of this era. (I expect hate mail from those who love Carl & The Passions — So Tough.) It's still so gorgeous, sound-wise, as only a Beach Boys album can be, that devoted fans won't mind the lack of focus.
Analogue Productions has made it a double by adding a second LP containing the original's bonus EP, and Side 4 is the 45 RPM cut of 'Sail On, Sailor.' It's also available on SACD (CAPP 071 SA) with the extra EP tracks." — Sound Quality = 85% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, January 2017
"The original is a standard jacket with a lyric insert and of course includes the EP. To make this work as a gatefold double LP with inside artwork that includes the EP cover art must have taken some time, effort and expense. It's been very well done." — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the whole review here.
"What I can say is that Kevin Gray has been able to extract every last bit of information from whatever tape is in the box, and present it in a way that is pleasing and natural to the ear. ... in my opinion, the Analogue Productions pressings are now THE definitive issue of each Beach Boys album, and will be my reference copies until if and when something better comes along — which may be never." — Lee Dempsey, Endless Summer Quarterly, Summer 2015 Edition
A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! 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!
The Beach Boy's Holland, the group's 19th studio album, was recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands in the summer of 1972 and released in January 1973. Our Analogue Productions reissue also includes a bonus 12-inch EP: Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale). Side 4 of the EP is a 45 RPM Bonus Cut of "Sail On Sailor" — Holland's famed lead track!
By mid-1972, with Wilson's focus waning from the Beach Boys to other creative outlets, and his personal and health-related issues mounting, Wilson was producing less music for the band than ever before. They decamped for the Netherlands hoping to jump-start Brian's creative energies.
Wilson contributed little to the album, concentrating his musical efforts on Mount Vernon and Fairway, a 10-minute long "musical fairy tale" eventually included with the album as a bonus EP.
The title of the bonus EP was named after the intersection where the Love family lived in Los Angeles, and where the Wilsons and Loves would gather for family celebrations back in the 1940s and '50s when Brian, Mike, Carl and Dennis were all growing up.
The Beach Boys Holland Track Listing:
1. Sail On Sailor
3. California Saga
4. Part One: Big Sur
5. Part Two: The Beaks Of Eagles
6. Part Three: California
7. The Trader
8. Leaving This Town
9. Only With You
10. Funky Pretty
12” Mount Vernon EP
1. Mt. Vernon And Fairway – Theme
2. I’m The Pied Piper - Instrumental
3. Better Get Back In Bed
4. Magic Transistor Radio
5. I’m The Pied Piper
6. Radio King Dom
7. Sail On Sailor (45 RPM)