Beach Boys


1. Do It Again
2. I Can Hear Music
3. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
4. Be With Me
5. All I Want to Do
6. The Nearest Faraway Place
7. Cotton Fields
8. I Went To Sleep
9. Time To Get Alone
10. Never Learn Not To Love
11. Our Prayer
12. Cabinessence

Alternative Versions

1990 CD re-issue was a "two-fer" with Friends. The following bonus tracks were included.
Celebrate The News
We're Together Again
Walk On By
Old Folks At Home/Ol' Man River

Album Trivia

Released on Capitol on February 3, 1969
Top chart position #68 in the USA, spending 11 weeks on the chart
Top chart position #3 in the UK
First album featuring a picture of the group on the front cover that excludes Brian

Website Comments and Review

This album can be seen as the Beach Boys' White Album in that it has a wide variety of styles from the raucous rock of All I Want To Do to the gentle music box instrumental, The Nearest Faraway Place. It also shares a creepy Charles Manson connection in that it is almost certain that Manson had a hand in writing some of Dennis's contributions to the album, in particular Never Learn Not o Love.

More significantly, this is the first Beach Boys' album that is not dominated by Brian Wilson compositions. Brian's lack of contribution is somewhat masked by the conclusion of two SMiLE pieces making their first vinyl release, Cabinessence and Our Prayer. Aside from that, Brian's contributions are limited to the brilliant trilogy Do It Again, I Went To Sleep and Time To Get Alone, as well as producing the cover version of Cotton Fields. The rest of the band fill the breach, a feature of the 1969-71 period, and even more pronounced on the next album Sunflower, with Carl's production of I Can Hear Music and Dennis's Be With Me being most noteworthy. Bruce's instrumental The Nearest Faraway Place is also particularly atmospheric and invokes a haven of peace in a chaotic era.

All in all, there is a sense of brilliant songs, but with a whole not quite being the sum of the parts, given the varying sources of the material.Regardless 20/20 is another very good album in a terribly underrated era of the band's music.

RATING: 8 out of 10

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