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Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 is the third in a series of hits compilations of music by The Beach Boys released by Capitol Records. It would prove to be the last official "best of" package by the band on their first record label.
Released in August 1968, Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 was primarily put together to compensate for the disastrous U.S. sales of The Beach Boys' Friends album. Containing another helping of hits, the album had both its good points and bad.
This album was the LP debut of the pre-Pet Sounds single "The Little Girl I Once Knew". Also featured are "She Knows Me Too Well" from The Beach Boys Today!; their very first charted hit from 1962, "Surfin'"; and the passage of time that enabled the inclusions of "Good Vibrations", "Heroes and Villains" and "Darlin'". However, the appearance of "Frosty The Snowman" from The Beach Boys' Christmas Album is indeed puzzling and out of place. Another odd inclusion is "409", which had already been placed on Vol. 2. Among the hits that were not included in any of the original "best of" packages were: "Be True to Your School", "Shut Down", "Do You Wanna Dance?", "Sloop John B", and "Wouldn't It Be Nice". These (among many others) would appear later in several double-record compilations issued by Capitol in the 70s and 80s.
Long out of print, Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 limped to an embarrassing #153 in the U.S.. UK fans were more charitable, sending it to #9.
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