The Beach Boys That's Why God Made The Radio on LP
First Album In Decades to Feature All of the Band’s Surviving Original Members!
Group's Hallmark Harmonies, Involved Arrangements, and Catchy Hooks Pepper the Record
Album a Tribute to the Radio Medium and Allure of Strong Melodies
The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases. The group's new studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, is the first in several decades to feature all of the surviving original members!
Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011’s The Smile Sessions). Produced by Wilson and executive produced by Love, the album’s 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story with the band’s timeless signature sound.
The album’s lead single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” showcases The Beach Boys’ soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world. “Radio was my whole education,” says Wilson. “Chuck Berry, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Freshmen, Phil Spector, Little Richard. To hear ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ on the radio would be a thrill beyond belief, it really would."
“I got a lot of my appreciation for all of the creativity in the world, in terms of music, through the radio,” says Love. “For all of us who grew up in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond, the radio has played such a huge, important part in our lives. When we were kids, we’d sneak out of the house and go and sit in Brian’s car and listen to the local radio stations on his car radio.”
The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements. “We’ve come full circle,” says Jardine. “Sharing our memories and our present in the studio has been really remarkable. I can especially feel it when we’re all singing around the mic together, because we all hear each other and we really lock in.”
“We have reunited as a band, but we never ‘un-reunited’ as friends,” says Johnston. “To be back in the studio with these guys is like a prayer that’s been answered and I am thrilled to be sharing it with everybody.” “This is more like a family reunion than anything,” says Marks. “When we’re together, we get along great. The chemistry always works the same as the last time we were together, and the five of us become a single element.”
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys has achieved triple-Platinum sales status, and The Smile Sessions, released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world!
The Beach Boys That's Why God Made The Radio Track Listing:
1. Think About the Days
2. That's Why God Made the Radio
3. Isn't It Time
4. Spring Vacation
5. The Private Life of Bill and Sue
7. Daybreak Over the Ocean
8. Beaches In Mind
9. Strange World
10. From There to Back Again
11. Pacific Coast Highway
12. Summer's Gone