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    by » 27-06-07, 15:53

    US Shipments

    Key
    year of release
    title
    riaa shipment
    soundscan total since 1991

    Apologies - no certification dates until the rubbish riaa site gets sorted.

    Studio Albums
    1962 Surfin' Safari
    1963 Surfin' USA - 500,000
    1963 Surfer Girl - 500,000
    1963 Little Deuce Coupe - 1,000,000
    1964 Shut Down Vol Two - 500,000
    1964 All Summer Long - 500,000
    1965 Today - 500,000
    1965 Summer Days - 500,000
    1965 Party
    1966 Pet Sounds - 1,000,000 - 212,000
    1967 Smiley Smile
    1967 Wild Honey
    1968 Friends
    1969 20/20

    1970 Sunflower
    1971 Surf's Up
    1972 Carl and the Passions
    1973 Holland
    1976 15 Big Ones - 500,000
    1977 Love You
    1978 MIU Album
    1979 LA Album
    1980 Keeping the Summer Alive
    1985 The Beach Boys

    1989 Still Cruisin' - 1,000,000
    1992 Summer In Paradise

    The last 2 studio albums were rag-bag efforts that included some old songs.

    The band were happily having Top 10 Gold albums until Pet Sounds, after which their album and single sales dropped. Pet Sounds eventually did go Platinum in 2000, but sales in the 1960's were poor.

    The "comeback" album 15 Big Ones did go Gold, and the cobbled together album Still Cruisin' went Platinum on the back of the gigantic hit single Kokomo.

    Ever since 1969 their studio albums have been lumped together as 2 on 1 jobs. The following pairings charted

    1969 - Surfin' USA/All Summer Long
    1972 - Pet Sounds/Carl & The Passions
    1974 - Wild Honey/20-20
    1974 - Friends/Smiley Smile

    In the 1980's the CD re-issues were 2 on 1 releases. Even today a look at their list on Amazon shows their studio albums mostly available as 2 on 1 CD's.

    This means that most of their studio catalogue is unlikely to be updated by the riaa.




    Seasonal Albums
    1964 Christmas Album - 500,000
    2000 Ultimate Christmas

    The Ultimate Christmas is the original 1964 album plus 14 more tracks

    Live Albums
    1964 Concert - 500,000
    1973 In Concert - 500,000
    1976 Live in London 1969
    2002 Live at Knebworth 1980

    All of these usefully showcase the band at different stages of their career.

    Initial Compilations
    1966 The Best Of - 2,000,000
    1967 The Best Of Vol Two - 2,000,000
    1968 The Best Of Vol Three
    1981 Ten Years Of Harmony

    Vol 1 includes singles till 1964, Vol 2 until 1966 and Vol 3 until 1967.

    The singles from 1970 to 1981 are covered on Ten Years of Harmony.






    Compilations of 60's Songs
    1974 Endless Summer - 3,000,000 - 771,000
    1975 Spirit Of America - 500,000
    1982 Sunshine Dream
    2000 The Best Of the Beach Boys - 885,000 aug 2003

    Endless Summer took the story till 1965 and Spirit of America to 1966.

    Sunshine Dream covered 1966-1969 and so was a sales disaster. The 2000 Best Of stops at 1967.



    Career Spanning Compilations
    1975 Good Vibrations - The Best Of
    1986 Made In the USA - 2,000,000
    2002 Classics Selected by Brian Wilson

    These albums combined 60's hits with those released from 1970 onwards. Made in the USA is still a brilliant one-stop collection of their hits. Classics was a compilation too far.




    Greatest Hits Series
    1996 Vol One - 20 Good Vibrations - 2,000,000 - 1,056,000 aug 2003
    2000 Vol Two - 20 More Good Vibrations
    2000 Vol Three - The Brother Years

    Vol Three didn't even chart.



    Latest Compilations
    2003 Sounds Of Summer-The Very Best Of - 2,000,000 - 2,356,000 may 2007
    2007 The Warmth Of the Sun

    Nearly 60 tracks on this pair which cover nearly all their career highlights. Let's hope there are no more compilations and they can be left to sell steadily. Unlikely that Sounds of Summer will ever leave the catalogue chart.





    Box Sets
    1993 Thirty Years Of (5CD) - 100,000 - 117,000 2003
    1997 Pet Sounds Sessions (4CD)


    Other Compilations/Rarities
    1968 Stack O' Tracks
    1983 Rarities
    1991 Lost and Found 1961/1962
    1996 Stars & Stripes Vol One
    1997 Perfect Harmony
    1998 Endless Harmony
    2001 Hawthorne CA

    You can do karaoke with Stack O' Tracks and turn Stars & Stripes into an ashtray.

    The rest are pretty excellent, and not just for collectors.




    Also
    ???? Greatest Surfing Songs - 696,000
    aug 2003

    I presume there are all sorts of budget releases. This is included because I had an old soundscan figure.


    Shipment Total - 21,600,000

    Actual US album sales at least double this.

    Soundscan total - 11,500,000 dec 2005

    Probably around 13m now.
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    by » 27-06-07, 15:54

    UK Shipments

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    year of release
    title
    BPI shipment

    Studio Albums
    1962 Surfin' Safari
    1963 Surfin' USA
    1963 Surfer Girl
    1963 Little Deuce Coupe
    1964 Shut Down Vol Two
    1964 All Summer Long
    1965 Today
    1965 Summer Days
    1965 Party
    1966 Pet Sounds
    1967 Smiley Smile
    1967 Wild Honey
    1968 Friends
    1969 20/20

    1970 Sunflower
    1971 Surf's Up
    1972 Carl and the Passions
    1973 Holland - 60,000
    1976 15 Big Ones - 60,000
    1977 Love You
    1978 MIU Album
    1979 LA Album
    1980 Keeping the Summer Alive
    1985 The Beach Boys

    1989 Still Cruisin'
    1992 Summer in Paradise

    In stark contrast to the USA, Pet Sounds was their biggest selling UK album that permanently boosted their UK popularity and sales, particularly singles.

    I won't repeat their discography from the US posting above, so here all are those UK compilations!



    Charting UK Compilations
    1966 The Best Of
    1967 The Best Of Vol Two
    1968 The Best Of Vol Three
    1970 Greatest Hits
    1976 20 Golden Greats - 300,000
    1983 The Very Best Of - 300,000
    1990 Summer Dreams-28 Classic Tracks - 300,000
    1995 The Best Of The Beach Boys - 60,000
    1998 Greatest Hits
    2001 The Very Best Of (different album) - 300,000
    2002 Classics Selected by Brian Wilson
    2005 The Platinum Collection - 60,000
    2006 Sounds Of Summer-Very Best Of

    The 20 Golden Greats album is very likely a million seller.

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    by » 27-06-07, 17:30

    Thanks Basil.The Beach Boys has been always one of my fav groups.

    They did very well worldwide in the 60S selling million of singles and albums worldwide.

    I will check the info in Chile which had an official chart from 1965 to 1975.

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    by » 28-06-07, 09:00

    Quote Originally Posted by jcguzman
    Thanks Basil.The Beach Boys has been always one of my fav groups.

    They did very well worldwide in the 60S selling million of singles and albums worldwide.

    I will check the info in Chile which had an official chart from 1965 to 1975.
    jcguzman, please, open a new thread with those charts.
    I'm really curious!!! 1965-1975 is a very important decade for rock fans!
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    by » 28-06-07, 09:33

    Thanks, Basil!
    I know some certifications here and there, but I'm curious to see your infos!
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    by » 29-06-07, 19:01

    USA:

    132 BEACH BOYS WARMTH OF THE SUN 5,626 8,560 -34 47,468

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    by » 29-06-07, 23:38

    Here the Beach Boys in Chile as shown in Revista Ritmo and Vea.

    Weeks on chart first and then peak position .
    Max posi means peak position.
    Beach Boys:

    Good Vibration debut: 21-03 67 semana rankiado: 11 max. posi: 2

    Heroes y Villanos: 10/10/67
    1 15

    Puedo Escuchar la
    Música: 17/06/69
    2 12

    Revista Vea

    Kokomo 02/03/89
    20 12

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    by » 30-06-07, 09:57

    Quote Originally Posted by jcguzman
    Here the Beach Boys in Chile as shown in Revista Ritmo and Vea.
    jcguzman, can you help me for chart positions of Neil Young and C.S.N. & Y. in Chile (for the period 1965-1975)?
    Eventually, can you post them in Neil Young Sales thread? Thanks!
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    by » 30-06-07, 12:28

    jcguzman, can you help me for chart positions of Neil Young and C.S.N. & Y. in Chile (for the period 1965-1975)?
    Eventually, can you post them in Neil Young Sales thread? Thanks

    I will try to post it within the next few days in Neil Young Sales Thread.

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    by » 30-06-07, 15:15

    Quote Originally Posted by jcguzman
    jcguzman, can you help me for chart positions of Neil Young and C.S.N. & Y. in Chile (for the period 1965-1975)?
    Eventually, can you post them in Neil Young Sales thread? Thanks

    I will try to post it within the next few days in Neil Young Sales Thread.
    Gracias hermano!
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    by » 23-07-07, 16:58

    7/21 Catalog chart

    109 CAP 9 10 7 BEACH BOYS SOUNDS OF SUMMER: VERY BEST OF 6,483 +7% 6,086 2,411,102 (2xp)

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    by » 24-07-07, 11:16

    from Canada:

    2006 - "SOUNDS OF SUMMER" - 100.000 (platinum)
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    by » 25-07-07, 18:46

    This is an unashamed plug.

    If you are reading a Beach Boy thread you may be interested in the Survivor Dustin is doing on the Mad About Music Forum.

    The Topic is high on the first page.

    Vote for the Ultimate Beach Boys song.....
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    by » 11-12-07, 00:33

    12/08/07 Catalog chart:

    97 BEACH BOYS SOUNDS OF SUMMER: VERY BEST OF 5,496 +86% 2,961 2,493,646 (2xp)

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    by » 11-12-07, 20:03

    I'm guessing sounds of summer will be re Certified next year sometime cause it must have shipped 3 million already if it's sold almost 2.5 million copies since it's original release 4 1/2 years ago and a collectors edition released 9/4/07 through wal mart with a dvd and 3 exclusive track downloads
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    by » 26-01-08, 21:48

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    Good Timin' Live At Knebworth 1980
    certified Gold
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    thanks for the Update on the Live at Knebworth DVD boderwolf that would mean 50k shipped correct unless it's a double disc which would mean 25,000 shipped
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    by » 28-01-08, 15:06

    1/26/08 Catalog chart:

    136 CAP 61 34 33 BEACH BOYS SOUNDS OF SUMMER: VERY BEST OF 3,617 -22% 4,647 2,529,589 (2xp)

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    by » 28-01-08, 19:43

    any update for the chart week ending feburary 2nd bigham if so could you please post it thanks in advnace
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    by » 16-04-08, 10:06

    ARIA Videos
    March 2008


    BEACH BOYS, THE - GOOD VIBRATIONS TOUR - PLATINUM - 15,000

    (thanks to nelson)
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    16 (new) Dennis Wilson ~ Pacific Ocean Blue [Legacy Edition]
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    by » 22-06-08, 20:35

    thanks for the uk update borderwolf what did it sell to debut that high in the uk
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    by » 25-06-08, 09:17

    Norway: quite sentionally 'Pacific Ocean blue' debuts at no 5 after reciving rave reviews. And yes, it is a gem this album

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