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Number 24

The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains (Capitol Records CL 15510 - 1967)

During the early part of the 1960s The Beach Boys cornered the market when it came to Chuck Berry-styled rock and roll with a surfing theme and were one of the world's finest vocal bands, with their inimitable sibling harmonies. As the decade progressed though, the band, led by the workaholic Brian Wilson, sought to rival The Beatles with their attention to detail and pursuit of discovering new sounds and styles using the studio as their tool. Good Vibrations opened up the doors for adventure with a song that was not only adventurous but also completely accessible in a pop market. These experiments continued with the help of Van Dyke Parks on the follow up single Heroes and Villains, which was intended to appear on the band's next album Smile. Although that album was put on indefinite hold, the song was released as a single and then appeared on the band’s next album Smiley Smile instead. I spent many hours trying to work out Brian Wilson's genius vocal arrangements on this hugely experimental single.