This commemorative 50th Anniversary Beach Boys release includes an 11-song CD, a collectible 72-page magazine and three exclusive postcards. The CD features an all-new recording of the hit “Do It Again” available exclusively on this release, plus 10 more of the band’s greatest hits. The magazine includes dozens of rare photographs from the band’s career and exclusive new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, and David Marks.
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The Old Joe Clarks’ solid debut, Town of Ten, was all delicate acoustic picking and melancholy motifs. The 1999 follow-up Metal Shed Blues remains faithful to those country-blues beginnings, but it also marks a significant step forward for the group. Singer/songwriter Mike Coykendall’s craggy voice sounds something like Bob Dylan’s might after a small hit of helium, so it’s not really surprising that his songs occasionally bear Dylan’s influence: “Passers By,” for example, feels like Dylan’s “Meet Me in the Morning” run low on batteries, and “Thirsty” is reminiscent of “Country Pie.” The best cuts here, though, fuse such expected folk-rock inspirations with a bittersweet melodicism at which the group’s debut never even hinted. “Slow,” “Turn,” and “Eyes Closed” travel the back roads of relationships dead and dying, with a poignant and spare pop sense that’s quietly beautiful.