The Big Beat 1963

The Big Beat 1963 is a compilation album released on December 17, 2013, exclusively through digital distribution. It features selections of early demos and recordings made by Brian Wilson in the early 1960s with such acts as the Beach Boys and the Honeys.[1][2]

The Big Beat 1963
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Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedDecember 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
Recorded1963 (1963)
GenreRock, surf rock, rock and roll
Brian Wilson chronology
In the Key of Disney
The Big Beat 1963
No Pier Pressure
The Beach Boys chronology
Made in California
The Big Beat 1963
Keep an Eye on Summer – The Beach Boys Sessions 1964

The compilation's release came as a result of revised European copyright laws, forcing some labels to publish unreleased archival material so that they will not lose their copyright.[1][3][4] None of the tracks contained within had been commercially released, although many had appeared on bootlegs.[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Brian Wilson except where indicated.

1."The Big Beat" Bob & Sheri 
2."First Rock and Roll Dance" (Instrumental) Brian Wilson 
3."Gonna Hustle You" (Demo)Wilson, Bob NorbergBrian Wilson 
4."Ride Away"Wilson, NorbergBob & Sheri 
5."Funny Boy" The Honeys 
6."Marie" Bob Norberg & Brian Wilson, with The Honeys 
7."Mother May I" The Beach Boys 
8."I Do" (Demo)Wilson, Roger ChristianThe Beach Boys 
9."Bobby Left Me" (Backing track) Brian Wilson 
10."If It Can't Be You" (a.k.a. I'll Never Love Again) Gary Usher 
11."You Brought It All on Yourself" The Honeys 
12."Make the Night a Little Longer"Carole King, Gerry GoffinThe Honeys 
13."Rabbit's Foot" (Unfinished track with backing vocals) The Honeys 
14."Summer Moon" Vicki Kocher and Bob Norberg 
15."Side Two" (Instrumental) The Beach Boys 
16."Ballad of Ole Betsy" (Demo)Wilson, ChristianThe Beach Boys 
17."Thank Him" (Demo) Brian Wilson 
18."Once You've Got Him"Ginger Blake, Dianne RovellThe Honeys 
19."For Always and Forever" (Demo)Blake, RovellThe Honeys 
20."Little Dirt Bike" (Demo)Blake, RovellThe Honeys 
21."Darling I'm Not Stepping Out On You" (Demo)Blake, RovellThe Honeys 
22."When I Think About You" (Demo)Blake, RovellThe Honeys 
Total length:49:02


  1. ^ a b Gnerre, Sam (December 20, 2013). "Brian Wilson's early days chronicled on download-only 'The Big Beat 1963'". Daily Breeze.
  2. ^ "Early Brian Wilson recordings set for digital release". Uncut.
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart (January 2, 2014). "CELEBRITY NEWS The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Motown and Copyright Law". Hollywood.
  4. ^ Kozinn, Allan (December 5, 2014). "Rare Dylan Recordings Set for Release in Copyright-Extension Bid". New York: ArtsBeat.
  5. ^ Uncut, 12th December 2013 - News, Early Brian Wilson recordings set for digital release