THE BEACH BOYS Instrumental Hits (2002)

Instrumental Hits (2002)
Japanese-Only Instrumental Set

Not to be confused with Stack-O-Tracks, the legendary 60s Beach Boys album that removed the Boys’ vocals to spotlight Brian Wilson’s instrumental arrangements. Instrumental Hits is a Japanese-only release that collects the band’s actual instrumental releases from 1962 to 1969. It should be noted that this set’s title is inaccurate on both counts. Not only were these songs not really hits, but (except for the early surf stuff) some of it’s not completely “instrumental,” either – as the Boys generally had a hard time laying off the oohs and aahs, even when there were no lyrics to speak of. Still, it’s a nice little collection of West coast sound… that was only fully appreciated in the East. It’s a pretty penny @ Amazon, HERE.

Moon Dawg (1962)
Misirlou (1963)
Stoked (1963)
Honky Tonk (1963)
Surf Jam (1963)
Let’s Go Trippin (1963)
The Rocking Surfer (1963)
Boogie Woodie (1963)
After The Game (1964)
Shut Down, Part II (1964)
Denny’s Drums (1964)
Carl’s Big Chance (1964)
Let’s Go Trippin‘ (Live) (1964)
Summer Means New Love (1964)
Let’s Go Away For Awhile (1966)
Pet Sounds (1966)
Fall Breaks And Back To Winter (Woody Woodpecker’s Symphony) (1967)
Passing By (1968)
Diamond Head (1968)
The Nearest Faraway Place (1969)



  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 14:43 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Iggy
    October 31, 2012 - 15:49 | Permalink

    Thanks so much, Willard. I am really enjoying your listings. I’ve been out of action for a while and it’s good to be back. Please forgive me if I fail to say thanks sometimes. I get kinda lost. But know that I appreciate each and every post you have made. Amazing work. All good thoughts.


  • Willard
    October 31, 2012 - 15:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the kudos, Iggy.

  • dugs
    May 9, 2013 - 13:32 | Permalink

    Thank you, O Mighty Willard. Your site continues to amaze & excite my deep gratitude. I suppose for accuracy’s sake, one should note that most of the playing on these tracks was probably (most likely) by the studio cats that played ALL the backing tracks for EVERYONE back then (the “Wrecking Crew,” although they weren’t called that at the time). But again, my thanks.

  • Peanut
    April 15, 2015 - 12:18 | Permalink

    Hey Willard – wonder if you can check the Instrumental Hits file – tracks 7 & 8 seem to be corrupted in the zip file.

    • Willard
      April 15, 2015 - 12:46 | Permalink

      Downloaded and checked, files are fine. Since you left no details, if you’re having more than one problem with this (I got your other comment), you probably need to download via a different browser or unpack with a different extractor.

      • Peanut
        April 16, 2015 - 15:59 | Permalink

        Thanks, I’ll give that a try. Never had that problem before…

        • Willard
          April 16, 2015 - 16:30 | Permalink

          Upgrading to the latest version of whichever one you’re already using could help, too.

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