Album Archive
Part 1: 1962-65
  Not much explanation required: the albums are set out in order of original US release, divided into the following sections: 1962-65, 1966-73, 1976-2003, selected compilations and solo (or essentially non-Beach Boys) projects . All notations are explained within each entry, with the exception of those songs Mike Love claimed he'd contributed to, and which he was awarded by an LA court in 1994. For these songs, his name is listed last, and in italics. Each title is listed as follows:
 
  Song title (composer(s)) - lead vocalist(s).
 
  Some of the lead vocal assignations are going to be controversial - comments and amendments welcomed. The titles separated from the main track listing are the bonus tracks on the 1990 2fer CD reissues. For the information regarding the numerous CD reissues, I am forever in the debt of Joe Thomas and his exemplary research in this field. Any errors in this part of the page are all mine. To briefely summarise the US CD reissues, in May 1990 Capitol Records reissued the whole 1962-69 (and 1976) catalog as 2fers, that is two albums on one CD, lightly garnished with extensive (though not invariably accurate) sleeve notes and bonus tracks from the relevant period. The exceptions to this rule were Pet Sounds and the Christmas album, released singly in 1990 and 1991 respectively. For reasons known only to the Capitol finance department, in summer 1994 the album were reissued once more, this time singly, without bonus tracks, under the banner of "The Sweet 16". In the interim - 1991 - the post Capitol albums had also been reissued by CBS-Sony in bare-bones format: no liners, no bonus tracks (except when they used the wrong masters, but that's another story...). Then in 2000, Capitol, having accquired the rights to the post 1969 catalog, reissued not only the original 2fers but also pared up the later albums into the same format, albeit without any bonus tracks. Currently that's how matters rest.
 
  Recording dates are of necessity somewhat simplified: those wishing more detail on this subject are directed to the "Gigs & Sessions" section of Bellagio 10452.

Albums
Surfin' Safari (1962) - Surfin' U.S.A (1963) - Surfer Girl (1963) - Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
Shut Down, Volume 2 (1964) - All Summer Long (1964) - The Beach Boys Christmas Album (1964)
Beach Boys Concert (1964) - The Beach Boys Today! (1965)
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965) - Beach Boys Party (1965) - Pet Sounds (1966)
Smiley Smile (1967) - Wild Honey (1967) - Friends (1968) - 20/20 (1969) - Sunflower (1970)
Surf's Up (1971) - Carl And The Passions - So Tough (1972) - Holland (1973)
The Beach Boys In Concert (1973) - 15 Big Ones (1976) - Beach Boys '69 (Live in London)(1976)
The Beach Boys Love You (1977) - M.I.U. Album (1978) - L.A. (Light Album) (1979)
Keepin' The Summer Alive (1980) - The Beach Boys (1985) - Still Cruisin' (1989)
Summer In Paradise (1992) - Stars And Stripes Volume 1 (1996)
Good Timin': Live At Knebworth 1980 (2002) - Songs From Here And Back (2006)

Compilations
Stack O' Tracks (1968) - Ten Years Of Harmony (1981) - Be True To Your School (1982)
Beach Boys Rarities (1983) - Made In U.S.A (1986) - Lost And Found 1961-1962 (1991)
Good Vibrations - 30 Years Of The Beach Boys (1993) - Endless Harmony (1998) - Hawthorne, CA (2001)
The Beach Boys Classics Selected By Brian Wilson (2002) - Summer Love Songs (2009)

Solo albums
 
Surfin' Safari   
Capitol T1810
Originally released October 1962 - #32
Reissued October 1980 (Capitol N 16012 minus "Cuckoo Clock" & "Surfin'")
1st CD reissue  - May 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93691 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol CDP 7243 8 29661 2 8)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 1317 2 0)

Recorded September 1962  except * October 1961, + April 1962, ** August 1962    
 
Produced by Nik Venet (& Brian Wilson) except: * Hite Morgan, + Murry Wilson
 
Side 1:      
Surfin' Safari+ (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
County Fair  (B. Wilson/Usher) - Mike (barker - Nik Venet, girl - Andrea Carlo)
Ten Little Indians** (B. Wilson/Usher) - Mike
Chug-A-Lug** (B. Wilson/Usher/Love) - Mike
Little Girl (You're My Miss America) (Catalano/Alpert) - Dennis
409+ (B. Wilson/Usher/Love) - Mike
 
Side 2:
Surfin'* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Heads You Win, Tails I Lose (B. Wilson/Usher) - Mike
Summertime Blues (Cochran/Capeheart) - Carl & David with Mike
Cuckoo Clock (B. Wilson/Usher) - Brian
Moon Dawg (Weaver) - instrumental (howls - Nik Venet)
The Shift** (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
 
Cindy, Oh Cindy (Barons/Long) - Brian
Land Ahoy (B. Wilson) - Mike
 
Note: despite what some later reissues may claim, this album has never been released in stereo. According to those who were there, although the released album  was credited as a Nik Venet production, Brian was already in the producer's chair.
 
The band for this album conprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and David Marks, except *, Alan Jardine for David. Andrea Carlo was David's aunt.

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Surfin' USA
Capitol  ST1890
Originally released March 1963 - #2
Reissued - March 1976 (Capitol SM 1890)
2nd reissue - October 1980 (Capitol SN 16015 minus "Stoked" & "Surf Jam")
1st CD reissue May 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93691 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol CDP 0777 7 48422 2 8)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 1317 2 0)
 
Recorded February 1963 except + April 1962, *January 1963 & # March 1963
 
Produced by Nik Venet (& Brian Wilson) except + Murry Wilson
 
Side 1:
Surfin USA* (Berry/B. Wilson/Bowlles) - Mike
Farmer's Daughter* (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
Misirlou (Roubanis/Wise/Leeds/Russell) - instrumental
Stoked (B. Wilson) - instrumental
Lonely Sea+ (B. Wilson/Usher) - Brian
Shut Down* (B. Wilson/Christian/Love) - Mike
 
Side 2:
Noble Surfer (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Honky Tonk (Doggett/Scott/Sheppard/Butler) - instrumental
Lana* (B. Wilson) - Brian
Surf Jam  (C. Wilson) - instrumental
Let's Go Trippin' (Dale) - instrumental
Finders Keepers (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
 
The Baker Man# (B. Wilson) - Brian
 
The band for this album conprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and David Marks. "Surfin' USA" features uncredited session drummer Frank DiVito.

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Surfer Girl
Capitol T 1981
Originally released September 1963 - #7
Reissued - March 1976 (Capitol SM 1981)
2nd reissue - October 1980 (Capitol SN 16014 minus "Little Deuce Coupe" & "Our Car Club")
1st CD reissue - May 1990 (Capitol CDP 793692 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol CDP 7243 8 29628 2 8)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31515 2 2)
 
Recorded July 1963 except * June 1963, †March 1964 (vocals)
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
Surfer Girl* (B. Wilson) - Brian
Catch A Wave+ (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Surfer Moon (B. Wilson) - Brian
South Bay Surfer (Foster/B. Wilson/D. Wilson/Jardine) - Mike, Brian
The Rocking Surfer (trad., arr. Wilson) - instrumental
Little Deuce Coupe* (B. Wilson/Christian) - Mike
 
Side 2:
In My Room+ (B. Wilson/Usher) - group
Hawaii (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian, Mike
Surfer's Rule+ (B. Wilson/Love) - Dennis
Our Car Club (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Your Summer Dream (B. Wilson/Norburg) - Brian
Boogie Woodie+ (Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Wilson) - instrumental
 
In My Room (German language version)† (B. Wilson/Usher) - group
 
The band for this album conprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love & David Marks, except for tracks noted +, which also featured Alan.

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Little Deuce Coupe
Capitol ST1998
Originally released October 1963 - #4
Reissued - March 1976 (Capitol SM 1998)
2nd reissue - October 1980 (Capitol SN 16013 minus "Car Crazy Cutie" & "Custom Machine")
1st CD reissue - June 1990 (Capitol 7 936923 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol CDP 7243 8 29661 2 8) ??
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31516 2 2)
 
Recorded September 1963 except * April 1962, ** January 1963, +February 1963, ++June 1963, # July 1963
 
Produced by Brian Wilson except: * Murry Wilson, ** Nik Venet (& Brian Wilson)
 
Side 1:
Little Deuce Coupe++ (B. Wilson/Christian) - Mike
Ballad Of Ole' Betsy+ (B. Wilson/Christian) - Brian
Be True To Your School (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Car Crazy Cutie (B. Wilson/Christian) - Brian
Cherry, Cherry Coupe (B. Wilson/Christian) - Mike
409* (B. Wilson/Usher/Love) - Mike
 
Side 2:
Shut Down** (B. Wilson/Christian/Love) - Mike
Spirit of America (B. Wilson/Christian) - Brian
Our Car Club# (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
No-Go Showboat (B. Wilson/Christian) - Mike, Brian
A Young Man Is Gone (Troup/Love) - group
Custom Machine (B. Wilson) - Mike
 
Be True To Your School (45 version) (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
 
The band for this album conprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks and Alan Jardine, except *,  **, + and ++ (Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and David Marks).

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Shut Down Volume 2
Capitol T2027
Originally released March 1964 - #13
Reissued October 1980 (Capitol SN 16018, as Fun, Fun, Fun, minus "In The Parkin' Lot" & "'Cassius' Love vs 'Sonny' Wilson")
1st CD reissue - May 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93692 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol CDP 7243 8 29629 2 2)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31515 2 2)
 
Recorded February 1964 except +November 1963, *January 1964
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
Fun, Fun, Fun* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Don't Worry, Baby (B. Wilson/Christian) - Brian
In The Parkin' Lot (B. Wilson/Chriatian) - Mike
'Cassius' Love vs 'Sonny' Wilson (Love/B. Wilson) - spoken word
The Warmth Of The* Sun (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
This Car Of Mine (B. Wilson/Love) - Dennis
 
Side 2:
Why Do Fools Fall In Love* (Lymon) - Brian
Pom Pom Playgirl (B. Wilson/Love) - Carl
Keep An Eye On Summer (B. Wilson/Norberg/Love) - Brian, Mike
Shut Down, Part II (C. Wilson) - instrumental
Louie Louie (Berry) - Mike
Denny's Drums (D. Wilson) - instrumental
 
Fun, Fun, Fun (45 mono mix) (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
I Do+ (B. Wilson) - Brian, Mike
 
The band for this album comprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Alan Jardine. On subsequent albums, this is assumed to be the band unless noted otherwise.
 
Note: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" has only ever been released in mono.

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All Summer Long
Capitol T2110
Originally released July 1964 - #4
Reissued October 1980 (Capitol SN 16016, minus "Carl's Big Chance" & "Our Favorite Recording Sessions")
1st CD reissue - June 1990 (Capitol 7 936923 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol 7243 8 29631 27)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31516 2 2)
 
Recorded April 1964 except *October 1963 (track) ,# May 1964, +September 1964
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
I Get Around (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
All Summer Long# (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Hushabye (Pomus/Schuman) - Brian, Mike
Little Honda (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
We'll Run Away# (B. Wilson/Usher) - Brian
Carl's Big Chance (B. Wilson/C. Wilson) - instrumental
 
Side 2:
Wendy (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian, Mike
Do You Remember ?# (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Girls On The Beach (B. Wilson) - group, Dennis
Drive-In* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Our Favorite Recording Sessions#
  (B. Wilson/C. Wilson/D. Wilson/Love/Jardine) - spoken word
Don't Back Down (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
 
All Dressed Up For School+ (B. Wilson) - Carl, Brian
Little Honda (alt) (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Don't Back Down (alt) (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
 
Note: "I Get Around" & "Our Favorite Recording Sessions" have only ever been released in mono. It's very possible (although currently unproven) that David Marks plays on the track for "Drive-In".

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The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Capitol T2164
Originally released October 1964 - #6 (separate Christmas chart)
Reissued - September 1975 (Capitol SM 2164)
1st CD reissue - September 1991 (Capitol CDP 7 95084 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol 7243 830729 2 7)
3rd  CD reissue - November 1998 (Capitol 72434 95734 2  0) (as Ultimate Christmas)
4th CD reissue - October 2004 (Capitol 7243 5 79765 2 7) (as Christmas With The Beach Boys)
5th CD reissue - August 2009 (Capitol 509996 85261 2 2) (as Christmas Harmonies)
 
Recorded July 1964 except * October 1963, ** November 1963, + October 1964, @ March 1969 (basic track),
% November 1974, Ø 1975 (basic track), § April 1976 (basictrack)  # , † November 1977, $ December 1977
 
Produced by Brian Wilson (Ø, § basic track) except: # Alan Jardine; $, † Dennis Wilson
 
Side 1:
Little Saint Nick* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
The Man With All The Toys (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Santa's Beard (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Merry Christmas, Baby (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Christmas Day (B. Wilson) - Alan
Frosty The Snowman (Nelson/Rollins) - group
 
Side 2:
We Three Kings Of Orient Are (Hopkins) - group
Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) - Brian
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Coots/Gillespie) group, Mike
White Christmas (Berlin) - Brian
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Kent/Gannon) - group
Auld Lang Syne (Trad.) - group, Dennis
 
1991 bonus tracks:
Little Saint Nick (45 mix)* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
The Lord's Prayer** (Malotte) - group [missing from the Ultimate Christmas reissue]
Little Saint Nick (alt)* (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
Auld Lang Syne (alt) (Trad.) - group
 
1998 bonus tracks:
Child Of Winter (Christmas Song)% (B. Wilson/Kalinich) - Mike (spoken word: Brian)
Santa's Got An Airplane@# (B. Wilson/Jardine/Love) - Mike, Alan
Christmas Time Is Here Again§# (Holly/Allison/Petty/Jardine) - Alan
Winter SymphonyØ# (B. Wilson/Rovell) - Brian
(I Saw Santa) Rockin' Round The Christmas TreeØ# (B. Wilson/Jardine)
Melekalikimaka# (Jardine/Love/B. Wilson) Mike, Alan (tag: Brian)
Bells Of Christmas# (Jardine/Altbach/Love) - Alan
Morning Christmas#† (D. Wilson) - Dennis
Toy Drive PSA# (reworded "Little St. Nick") (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Dennis Wilson Christmas message$
Brian Wilson Christmas interview+
 
The CD reissue bonus tracks are distributed as follows:
1st (1991) - as noted
2nd (1994) - no bonus tracks
3rd (1998) - as noted including 1991 bonus tracks but minus "The Lord's Prayer"
4th (2004) - as per 1998 minus "Christmastime Is Here Again"
5th (2009) - as per the original 1964 release (except that "Little Saint Nick" is the single version and "Auld Lang Syne" is the alternate) plus "Child Of Winter", "Melekalikimaka" & "(I Saw Santa) Rockin' Round The Christmas Tree". The track order for this reissue is completely revised.
 
It's very possible (though currently unproven) that David Marks plays on "Little Saint Nick".

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Beach Boys' Concert
Capitol TAO 2198
Originally released October 1964 - #1
1st reissue - March 1976 (Capitol SM 2198)
2nd reissue - February 1981 (Capitol SN 16154)
1st CD reissue - August 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93695 2)
2ndCD reissue - July 1994 (Capitol CDP 0777 7 90427 2 2)
3rdCD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31861 2 8)
 
Recorded December 1963 & *August 1964 in Sacramento CA except * *August 1967 in Honolulu HA
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
Fun, Fun, Fun* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
The Little Old Lady From Pasadena* (Atfield/Christian) - Mike
Little Deuce Coupe (B. Wilson/Christian) - Mike
Long Tall Texan (Strezlecki) - Mike
In My Room (B. Wilson/Usher) - group
Monster Mash (Pickett/Capitzzi) - Mike
Let's Go Trippin' (Dale) - instrumental
 
Side 2:
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (Frazier/White/Wilson/Harris) - Mike, Brian
The Wanderer (Maresca) - Dennis
Hawaii (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian, Mike
Graduation Day* (Sherman/Sherman) - group
I Get Around* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Johnny B. Goode (Berry) - Mike
 
Don't Worry, Baby* (B. Wilson/Christian) - Brian
Heroes And Villains** (B. Wilson/Parks) - Brian
 
The band for this album comprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and Alan Jardine.
 
Note: two tracks on this album aren't exactly as live as we've been led to believe.

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The Beach Boys Today !
Capitol T2269
Originally released March 1965 - #4
Reissued - October 1967 as part of the Beach Boys Deluxe Set (Capitol TCL 2813)
2nd reissue - October 1980 (Capitol SN 16019, as Dance, Dance, Dance, minus "In The Back Of My Mind"
                                               &"Bull Session With 'Big Daddy'")
1st CD reissue - June 1990 (Capitol CDP 793694 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol 7243 8 29632 26)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31593 2 1)
 
Recorded December 1964-January 1965 except  * June 1964, ** August 1964, † September 1964, + October 1964
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
Do You Wanna Dance (Freeman) - Dennis
Good To My Baby (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian, Mike
Don't Hurt My Little Sister* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)** (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Help Me, Ronda (B. Wilson/Love) - Alan
Dance, Dance, Dance+ (B. Wilson/C. Wilson/Love) - Mike
 
Side 2:
Please Let Me Wonder (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian, Mike ("I love you" - Carl)
I'm So Young (Tyrus) - Brian
Kiss Me Baby (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
She Knows Me Too Well** (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
In The Back Of My Mind (B. Wilson/Love) - Dennis
Bull Session With 'Big Daddy' (B. Wilson/C. Wilson/D. Wilson/Love/Jardine) - spoken word
 
Dance, Dance, Dance (alt)† (B. Wilson/C. Wilson/Love) - Mike
I'm So Young (alt)† (Tyrus) - Brian

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Summer Days (And Summer Nights !!)
Capitol T2354
Originally released July 1965 - #2
Reissued - October 1967 as part of the Beach Boys Deluxe Set (Capitol TCL 2813)
2nd  reissue - October 1980 (Capitol SN 16017, as California Girls, minus "Amusement Parks USA" & "I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man")
1st CD reissue - June 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93694 2)
2nd CD reissue - June 1994 (Capitol 7243 8 29633 25)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001 (Capitol 7243 5 31593 2 1)
 
Recorded April-June 1965 except * March 1965, **October 1965
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
The Girl From New York City (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Amusement Parks USA (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
   (carnival barker, Hal Blaine: hysterical laughter, Brian)
Then I Kissed Her (Spector/Greenwich/Berry) - Alan
Salt Lake City* (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike, Brian
Girl Don't Tell Me (B. Wilson) - Carl
Help Me, Rhonda (45 version)* (B. Wilson/Love) - Alan
 
Side 2:
California Girls (B. Wilson/Love) - Mike
Let Him Run Wild* (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
You're So Good To Me (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
Summer Means New Love (B. Wilson) - instrumental
I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man (B. Wilson) - "too embarrassed" (Brian)
And Your Dreams Come True (B. Wilson/Love) - group
 
The Little Girl I Once Knew** (B. Wilson) - group
Let Him Run Wild (alt)* (B. Wilson/Love) - Brian
Graduation Day (studio) (Sherman/Sherman) - group
 
The band for this album comprised Brian, Carl, & Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine and Bruce Johnston. On subsequent albums, this is assumed to be the band unless noted otherwise.

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Beach Boys' Party !
Capitol MAS 2398
Originally released November 1965 - #6
1st CD reissue - September 1990 (Capitol CDP 7 93698 2)
2nd CD reissue - July 1994 (Capitol CDP 7243 8 296340 2 5)
3rd CD reissue - March 2001(Capitol 7243 5 31641 2 6)
 
Recorded September8th, 14th, 15th & 23rd 1965
 
Produced by Brian Wilson
 
Side 1:
Hully Gully (Smith/Goldsmith) - Mike
I Should Have Known Better (Lennon/McCartney) - Carl & Alan
Tell Me Why (Lennon/McCartney) - Carl & Alan
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (Frazier/White/Wilson/Harris) - Mike, Brian
Mountain Of Love (Dorman) - Mike
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Lennon/McCartney) - Dennis
Devoted To You (Bryant) - Mike & Brian
 
Side 2:
Alley Oop (Frazier) - Mike
There's No Other (Like My Baby) (Spector/Bates) - Brian
medley: I Get Around/Little Deuce Coupe (B. Wilson/Love - B.Wilson/Christian) - group
The Time's They Are A-Changin' (Dylan) - Alan
Barbara Ann (Fassert) - Brian & Dean Torrence

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