Just released are the Beach Boys' two new digital only collections featuring a treasure trove of unreleased music. The pair of collections were issued to exert ownership over unreleased tracks, that due to copyright laws, would fall into public domain if not officially released by their 50-year mark. Luckily for fans, the two news sets — 1968 – Wake The World: The 'Friends' Sessions and 1968 – I Can Hear Music: The '20/20' Sessions, collectively feature a whopping 72 tracks spread over two-and-a-half hours. Producers Mark Linett (pronounced: LINN-ett) and Alan Boyd burrowed deep into the vaults to curate an alternate history spotlighting Brian Wilson's last moments as the Beach Boys' primary driving force and the ascension of Dennis Wilson as a groundbreaking and world class songwriter and producer.
20 was clearly the magic number as “Do It Again” marked the Beach Boys' 20th and final Top 20 hit of the '60s, peaking at — you guessed it — Number 20. The new I Can Hear Music set showcases the track's development, and co-writer Mike Love told us that it was easily the quickest and most organic of his and cousin Brian Wilson's collaborations from the latter part of the decade: “I came home from a surfin' trip with my high school buddies and was tellin' Brian about what a great day it was; the waves were great, it was great to be with my friends again, and stuff, and we sat down at the piano and started bangin' out somethin' and I came up with the words. Y'know, we just wrote that in about 15 minutes, y'know?” Recorded, mixed & edited late 1966