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New Beach Boys Box Set to Cap Off Band's 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Image courtesy of Capitol/UMe (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Capitol/UMe (via ABC News Radio)

Beach Boys fans soon will be able to get their hands on a new six-CD compilation from the band offering a multitude of unreleased tracks along with dozens of classic hits.  Made in California is due out on August 27, and is being released to mark the end of the group's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The collection will be packaged in a hardcover book designed to resemble a high-school yearbook.  The set will feature personal memories from the surviving Beach Boys, archival photos, replicas of various collectible items and handwritten messages from band members Brian Wilson , Mike Love , Al Jardine , Bruce Johnston and David Marks .  It also will include a facsimile of a 1959 high-school essay penned by Brian in which he declares that he plans to "make a name for myself in my life's work, which I hope will be music."

Speaking of music, Made in California will contain more than seven-and-a-half hours of Beach Boys recordings, spanning their entire half-century career.  The unreleased material includes demos, outtakes, alternate takes, mono mixes, updated mixes, concert performances and more.  The retrospective's sixth CD, titled From the Vaults , is made up entirely of rarities, including early radio spots, isolated tracks from the Smile sessions and 1964 live performances from the BBC.

And, of course, there are the hits -- from "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Surfer Girl" to "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations" on to later hits like "Kokomo."  Also featured are a couple of tunes from the band's 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio .

"This box set captures the evolution of a dream which started with a family singing Everly Brothers songs around a piano, to creating the harmonies that fans would carry in their hearts for a lifetime," says Mike Love in a statement.  "I'm still floored that our stories continue to inspire new generations to catch a wave and ride it is long as it lasts."

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