The Beach Boys announce ‘Made in California’ box set with 60 unreleased tracks

In Music by Dan Turkel / June 12, 2013

“Made in California” isn’t just any box set, it’s the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary box set, which is why the band looks a bit sleepy in the photo above—they’ve been at it for a while. Nevertheless, the six CD set contains over seven and a half hours of music. That’s the length of “Pet Sounds” played twelve and a half times back-to-back, so let that sink in for a second: it’s a lot of music.

With The Beach Boys, it couldn’t really be any other way. By my count, 2012’s “That’s Why God Made the Radio” was their twenty-ninth studio album. Hell, “Made in California” is their sixth box set. But this isn’t just a greatest hits cash-in, it features over sixty unreleased tracks (from a total of over 170 tracks). Unreleased material includes live performances, alternative takes, TV and radio performances, a capellas, and instrumentals, in addition to a few tracks that just never made it out there.

As you would expect, it comes in novelty packaging: a “high-school yearbook” hardcover package, to be exact. It includes “personal recollections” from the band, “replicated classic artwork and memorabilia,” and “handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions.” The cherry on the cake is an unusual addition: Brian Wilson’s high school essay, “My Philosophy,” in its original handwritten form. The essay probably isn’t the selling-point for most, but it could actually add a candid look into the mind of one of music’s most prolific, beloved, and troubled artists.

“Made in California” is available for pre-order on Amazon for $145. Expected release date is August 27th.