The Beach Boys are finally, officially ready to “Do It Again.” America’s Band kicks off its 50th Anniversary Tour on Tuesday evening in Tucson, Arizona, and a new single, “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” should hit the airwaves imminently, with a promotional video already having been leaked to the public. With the band’s as-yet-untitled new album currently listed on numerous retail sites for a June 5 release but as yet unconfirmed by Capitol Records, news is here about the first music release to tie in with the reunion tour. May 1 is the date for The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak, a CD/magazine hybrid to be available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Tantalizingly, the ‘ZinePak will include the group’s recent re-recording of its 1968 hit “Do It Again,” for the first time on CD as part of the set’s 11-track compilation disc.
‘ZinePak was founded just last year by Kim Kaupe, 26, and Brittany Hodak, 28, of New York. The upstart company has already thrived with the successful release of over one dozen ‘ZinePaks including sets featuring Selena Gomez, Scotty McCreery and Rascal Flatts. The Academy of Country Music Awards’ ‘Zinepak actually debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, No. 4 on Top Compilation Albums and No. 19 on Top Independent Albums. The Beach Boys edition, co-produced with Capitol Records, might be the highest –profile project yet for the young company and its first major entrée into the classic rock marketplace. (The collectible CD/magazine concept isn’t unique to ‘Zinepak, however. We spotlighted the WHSmith-exclusive “Bookazine” for Matt Monro last October.)
Hit the jump for more on what to expect from this 50th anniversary tribute set including the complete track listing with discography!
Brittany Hodak explained to Billboard, “We wanted to do something really special to help celebrate the band's anniversary. There have been lots of Beach Boys hits packages over the years, but...now, in addition to listening to their favorite songs, fans will get a chance to hear the stories behind those recordings in the band members' own words.” Kim Kaupe added, “After 50 years, to see them still be so passionate about connecting with fans was an incredible thing to witness. The guys had fantastic ideas of stories they wanted to share and notes they wanted to include which made our part easy." Bruce Johnston confirmed to Billboard, “To me it's like when you were a little guy and you'd go buy an album, vinyl, and they'd have so much cool stuff in it. You could read all the credits, the words, there'd be great pictures. Now you have a chance to have that experience again, but maybe even more."
In addition to the 11-track CD (the contents of which can be found below!), the ‘Zinepak will include a 72-page magazine and a set of postcards. The magazine features new interviews with all of the surviving Beach Boys: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.
Should the ubiquitous retail giant not be in your area, Wal-Mart is offering The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak online, as well. It retails for $14.98 and is available online for $13.88. You can order here, and look to “Do It Again” with The Beach Boys on May 1! The group continues its tour in North America through July 15, including a gig this weekend at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and will play stands in Germany and Japan later this summer. We’re also still eagerly awaiting news from Capitol about the promised “several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.” Watch this space, friends. Surf’s up!
The Beach Boys, 50th Anniversary Collection ‘Zinepak (Capitol, 2012)
- Do It Again (2012)
- California Girls
- Wouldn’t It Be Nice
- Surfer Girl
- Good Vibrations
- Help Me, Rhonda
- I Get Around
- Fun, Fun, Fun
- Surfin’ USA
- Be True to Your School
Track 1 previously unreleased
Track 2 from Capitol single 5165, 1964
Track 3 from Capitol single 5706, 1966
Track 4 from Capitol single 5009, 1963
Track 5 from Capitol single 5676, 1966
Track 6 from Capitol single 5395, 1965
Track 7 from Capitol single 5174, 1964
Track 8 from Capitol single 5118, 1964
Track 9 from Elektra single 7-69385, 1988
Track 10 from Capitol single 4932, 1963
Track 11 from Capitol single 5069, 1963