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TRIBUTE ALBUMS

NOTE:  So-called "tribute" albums for the Beach Boys began almost from the get-go.  Of course, they weren't originally "tributes" as such, they were simply a signal of the Beach Boys commercial success, and other fly-by-night artists wanted a piece of the action.  The first "real" tribute album was Papa Doo Run Run's 1985 "Calilfornia Project", and since then numerous other labels and artists have put out a near avalanche of "tributes" ranging from thoughtful, deliberate homages, to radical reinventions, to yes, the inevitable rip-offs.  These kinds of albums exploded in the 1990s and 2000s, and I imagine with the Beach Boys' continued appeal, the stream of these releases will continue.


ALBUM ARTIST LABEL YEAR
Surfin' USA The Hot Doggers Epic Records 1963
The Surfing Songbook Rincon Surfside Band Dunhill 1965
The Beach Boys Song Book The Hollyridge Strings Capitol 1964
The Beach Boys Song Book Vol. 2 The Hollyridge Strings Capitol 1967
Sing The Beach Boys Songbook The Surfsiders Design 1965
Play and Sing The Songs of The Beach Boys 101 Strings Orchestra Alshire Int. 1976
The Beach Boys Songbook P.K. and the Sound Explosion Pickwick 1977
California Project Papa Doo Run Run Telarc 1985
Smiles, Vibes & Harmony Various Artists DeMilo 1990
Muppet Beach Party Various Artists Zoom Express 1993
Camp California: Where The Music Never Ends Various Artists Sony Kids 1993
Stars & Stripes, Volume 1 Various Artists River North 1996
Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson Various Artists Blue Note 1997
Salute NASCAR Mike Love, Adrian Baker M.E.L.E Co. 1998
Symphonic Sounds of The Beach Boys Various Artists Intersound 1998
Interpretation of The Beach Boys Fred Simon Northsound 1998
Smiling Pets Various Artists Sony Japan 1998
Plays The Beach Boys The New Symphonic Orchestra Disky 1999
Diamonds On The Beach John Hunter Phillips JHP Entertainment 2000
The Warmth of the Sun Various Artists Varese Sarabande 2000
Catch A Wave: Beach Songs For Kids Various Kid Rhino 2000
Caroline Now! Various Marnia 2000
Add Some Music To Your Day Gary Usher Poptones 2001
Innocence & Despair The Langley Schools Bar None 2001
A Tribute To The Music Of The Beach Boys Various Artists Big Eye Music 2001
Guess I'm Dumb: The Songs of the Beach Boys Various Artists Castle Records 2002
In Bed With Brian Wilson Monkey's Uncle Aroma Records 2002
Sings Brian Wilson Brian Gari Original Cast 2002
Making God Smile Various Artists Silent Planet 2002
The Brian Wilson Productions Various Artists Toshiba EMI 2002
Brian Wilson: Tributo Litto Nebbia Pentimento 2002
Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions Various Artists ACE 2003
Drew's Famous Tribute To The Beach Boys Various Artists Turn Up The Music 2003
A Tribute To Brian Wilson Cameron Michael Parks Cinecam 2004
Pickin' On The Beach Boys: A Bluegrass Tribute Various Artists C.D.U. Productions 2004
Best Of Tribute Various Artists Pony Canyon 2004
String Quartet Tribute To Pet Sounds The Angry String Orchestra Vitamin Records 2005
Jez Loves You: A Solo Piano Tribute To Brian Wilson Jez Graham Independent 2004
Guitar Tribute To The Beach Boys Dark One Tribute Sounds 2005
A Tribute To The Beach Boys: Golden Classics Stars of Studio 99 Legacy Ent. 2005
Disney's Beach Party! Various Artists Disney Records 2005
Carl Wilson: Under God Various Artists ESQ 2006
Rockabye Baby!  Lullabye Renditions of The Beach Boys Various Artists Baby Rock  2006
Long Promised Road: Songs of Dennis & Carl Wilson Adam Marsland Chaos Band Karma Frog 2006
Do It Again: A Tribute To Pet Sounds Various Artists Houston Party 2006
Mojo Presents: In My Room Various Artists 23 Ears  2007
Back To The Beach The Sunny Boys Associazione Culturale Easy 2007
Dennis Wilson: Only With You Various Artists ESQ 2008
The Beach Boys: A Musical Play Tribute Brian Keane hitsongrecords 2009
The Beach Boys For Dancing Klaus Hallen Tanzorchester Pro Media 1996
The Beach Boys Gone Country Time Pools Disc Eyes 2008
A Tribute To The Beach Boys Academy Allstars Ectypal Music 2009
A Salute To The Beach Boys 60s Rock Heroes Big Eye Music 2009
Rockaway Beach Boys The Ramouns Wolverine/Big Soul  2009
Beach Boys Gold The Ultimate Beach Boys Cover Band Gigatone Entertainment 2010
Fresh Air / The Beach Boys Today Side 2 Art Rush Get Poison Records 2010
A Tribute To The Beach Boys The Tribute Co. Planet Music 2010
Beach Boys Songbook A Taste Of Honey Mood Media 2010
Still Smiling: A Tribute to the Genius of Brian Wilson Various Artists Uncut Magazine 2011
Dedicated Wilson Phillips Sony Masterworks 2012
MOJO Presents: Pet Sounds Revisited
Various Artists
MOJO Magazine
2012
Kokomo/Good Vibrations; The Smile Medley/Never Learn Not To Love; Little Saint Nick/Tie I Die
The New Surfsiders
Norton Records
2012
Portland Sings The Beach Boys "Smiley Smile"
Various Artists
Tender Loving Empire
2013
Luau/Dance, Dance, Dance
The New Surfsiders
Norton Records
2013


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