Shut Down Volume 2

The Beach Boys - Shut Down Volume 2
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1964 Ratings: #27 / 34
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The Beach Boys Surprisingly Strange Discography and History: Part 5
Shut Down Volume 2

In 1963 The Beach Boys were arguably the biggest band around, they released 3 records in that year, all were huge, all had great hits. But now it’s 1964 and beatlemania was at its height. So now The Beach Boys had competition and that should give them a reason to try a bit more. And it did…but not on this album.

You see this is another rushed release, they were trying to get it out the door as ... read more


The Beach Boys continue with their generic sound and release what is perhaps their most useless album up to this point.

When you look at the cover for this album, you assume that you're gonna get another hot rod rock album just like Little Deuce Coupe, and with the title referring to a track that was on said album, it would be pretty safe to say that that is what this album is: a hot rod rock album. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Out of these twelve tracks, only a handful of them ... read more


While The Beatles and other British groups were proving that albums could be more than just one or two hits plus substanseless filler, the Beach Boys just released one of their worst records of their early years.

There's really not a lot to say about this record other than it's clear that the band didn't gave a shit about the quality of this record. This is obvious just by listening to the spoken word (or skit? Idk) track ""Cassius" Love vs. "Sonny" Wilson", one ... read more


Original Rating - 50

The Worst Sin this album commits is being just forgettable. The only songs worth listening to on this album are "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Don't Worry Baby". It doesn't help at all that these are the first two songs on the album. This album contains some of the worst beach boys songs in ""Cassius" Love vs "Sonny" Wilson" and "Denny's Drums" Being complete throwaways that are on this album. The Rest are just forgettable ... read more


The album has some good moments but it's getting stale despite how good this record is


The album starts off pretty strong with the first two tracks. "Fun, Fun, Fun" is the best Beach Boys song up to this point (shoutouts to Brian's "Wooo-ooo-Aaaah!" in the end), and "Don't Worry Baby" is great too. However, after the terrible skit "Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson, the album starts to fall off badly. There are still some okay/decent songs after the skit, but nothing on the level of "Fun, Fun, Fun." They knew exactly what ... read more

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Added on: January 27, 2014