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Good Vibrations

Music by Brian Wilson and Mike Love

Originally Performed by Beach Boys

"Good Vibrations" is a song composed and produced by Brian Wilson with words by Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys. Released as a single in October 1966, it was an immediate critical and commercial hit, topping record charts in several countries including the US and UK. Characterized for its complex soundscapes, intricate harmonies, and exotic instrumentation, "Good Vibrations" later became widely acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of rock music. Initiated during the sessions for the album Pet Sounds (1966), it was not taken from or issued as a lead single for an album, but rather as a stand-alone single, with the Pet Sounds instrumental "Let's Go Away For Awhile" as a B-side. It was considered for the Smile project, but instead appeared on the album Smiley Smile (1967). Most of the song was developed as it was recorded. Its title derived from Wilson's fascination with cosmic vibrations, after his mother once told him as a child that dogs sometimes bark at people in response to their "bad vibrations". He used the concept to suggest extrasensory perception, while Love's lyrics were inspired by the Flower Power movement that was then burgeoning in Southern California. Building upon the layered production approach he had previously formulated on Pet Sounds, Wilson recorded "Good Vibrations" in piecemeal using several Los Angeles studios throughout the course of eight months, resulting in a cut-up mosaic of several musical episodes marked by discordant key and modal shifts. Band publicist Derek Taylor dubbed the work a "pocket symphony", as it features an array of exotic instruments considered unusual for a popular song of its time, including jaw harp and Electro-Theremin, along with standard instruments played in ways novel to a pop hit, such as its cello and string bass which play a bowed tremolo over the song's chorus. Its making was unprecedented in any kind of recording, with a total production cost estimated between $50,000 and $75,000 (today $360,000 and $550,000), the highest of any music single ever produced. For "Good Vibrations", Wilson is credited with further developing the use of the recording studio as an instrument. The single revolutionized rock music from live concert performances to studio productions which could only exist on record, heralding a wave of pop experimentation and the onset of psychedelic and progressive rock. Its success earned the Beach Boys a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group performance in 1966; the song was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. It has featured highly in many charts, being voted number one in the Mojo Top 100 Records of All Time chart in 1997 and number six on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included "Good Vibrations" in its list of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".

    Release Date: 1966

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Beach Boys : Note-for-Note Vocal Transcriptions : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999592801 : 0634033735 : 00740178

Beach Boys : Note-for-Note Vocal Transcriptions

12 sundrenched hits from The Beach Boys, with vocal parts transcribed exactly as recorded - lead, harmony and background parts, and all inflections. Includes a keyboard reduction of the instrumental parts, and chords labeled to be played by any instrument.

Songlist: Barbara Ann, California Girls, Don't Worry Baby, Fun, Fun, Fun, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations, I Get Around, In My Room, Little Deuce Coupe, Surfer Girl, Surfin' U.S.A., Wouldn't It Be Nice

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Beach Boys | 4016b | Songbook | $16.95


Beach Boys : Arrangements for Male Voices : TTBB : Sheet Music

Beach Boys : Arrangements for Male Voices

Surely one of the greatest American vocal groups whose catchy songs and sibling harmony are a signature sound of an era. "Help Me Rhonda" - The Beach Boys at their best! This authentic doo-wop arrangement "sounds hard and sings easy"! Guy groups (and everyone else) will love it! "I Get Around" Your audience will recognize this number 1 hit from 1964 immediately and your guys' groups will love recreating the spectacular sounds of an earlier era. "Good Vibrations" - It was the sound that changed rock music forever! The number 1 hit from 1966 in a great arrangement by Ed Lojeski. "Little Deuce Coup" - Fast wheels, four-on-the-floor - your guys will really respond to this 1963 favorite. A great motivational choice! "In My Room" - The signature harmonies and deeply felt lyrics of the Beach Boys are front and center in this smooth TTBB arrangement of their 1963 pop hit.

Songlist: I Get Around, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, In My Room, Little Deuce Coupe

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Voicing: TTBB | Performed by Beach Boys | 7553b | Sheet Music | $8.95


Various Arrangers : Barbershop Beach Boys Volume 2 : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Barbershop Beach Boys Volume 2

Barbershop on the beach. Great combo! The vocal harmonies are always front and center of a beach boy song and here are some classics that are perfect for your quartet or chorus. be careful the audience might well sing along..

Songlist: Good Vibrations, 409, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Help Me Rhonda

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Performed by Beach Boys | 7792b | Sheet Music | $12.75 | A Cappella


Beach Boys : Very Best of The Beach Boys : Solo : Songbook : 073999064322 : 0634032445 : 00306432

Beach Boys : Very Best of The Beach Boys

This great collection contains 20 of the top hits from these surf music megastars.

Songlist: Barbara Ann, Be True To Your School, California Girls, Catch A Wave, Dance, Dance, Dance, 409, Fun, Fun, Fun, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, I Get Around, In My Room, Kokomo, Little Deuce Coupe, Little Honda, Shut Down, Sloop John B, Surfer Girl, Surfin' Safari, Surfin' U.S.A., Wouldn't It Be Nice

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Beach Boys | 4015b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Beach Boys : The Beach Boys Anthology : Solo : Songbook : 073999064339 : 0634032453 : 00306433

Beach Boys : The Beach Boys Anthology

The Beach Boys are an American rock band. Formed in 1961, the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of cars and surfing. Brian Wilson's growing creative ambitions later transformed them into a more artistically innovative group that earned critical praise and influenced many later musicians.

Songlist: All Summer Long, Barbara Ann, Be True To Your School, California Girls, Caroline, No, Catch A Wave, Dance, Dance, Dance, Darlin', Do It Again, Do You Want To Dance?, Don't Back Down, Don't Worry Baby, 409, Fun, Fun, Fun, Girls On The Beach, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Heroes And Villains, I Get Around, In My Room, It's OK, Keep An Eye On Summer, Kokomo, Little Deuce Coupe, The Little Girl I Once Knew, Little Honda, Little Saint Nick, Pet Sounds, Please Let Me Wonder, and more

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Beach Boys | 5311b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Brian Wilson : Brian Wilson - SMiLE : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999747249 : 0634092898 : 00306691

Brian Wilson : Brian Wilson - SMiLE

Started in the '60s, this album was considered the lost masterpiece of the Beach Boys until Wilson finally released it in 2004. Includes the Grammy-winning song Mrs. O'Leary's Cow plus: Roll Plymouth Rock - Cabin Essence - Surf's Up - Good Vibrations - and more.

Songlist: Wonderful, On A Holiday, Gee, Wind Chimes, Surf's Up, Cabinessence, Roll Plymouth Rock, Barnyard, Song For Children, Child Is Father Of The Man, I'm In Great Shape, In Blue Hawaii, Our Prayer, Vega-Tables, Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, Workshop, The Old Master Painter, Good Vibrations, Heroes And Villains, I Wanna Be Around, You Are My Sunshine

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Brian Wilson | 20259b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Sing With The Choir : The 1960's : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088237707 : 1423437411 : 00333005

Sing With The Choir : The 1960's

Pick your part and sing along with this high-quality collection of some of the most popular songs from the legends of rock and pop! The book includes SATB parts and the CD features full performances of these favorites

Songlist: All You Need Is Love, Can't Help Falling In Love, Dancing In The Street, Good Vibrations, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, I'm A Believer, Under The Boardwalk, What A Wonderful World

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Voicing: Solo | 8912b | Songbook & CD | $14.95


Various : The Big Book of Oldies : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999376715 : 0634032542 : 00310756

Various : The Big Book of Oldies

A whopping collection of 73 classic hits from the '50s and '60s for piano/vocal/guitar. Songs include: All My Loving - Barbara Ann - Be-Bop-A-Lula - Can't Take My Eyes off of You - Crimson and Clover - Crying - Donna - For Once in My Life - Get a Job - Good Vibrations - Great Balls of Fire - Green Onions - I Think We're Alone Now - Jailhouse Rock - Kansas City - La Bamba - Mellow Yellow - Mony, Mony - Rag Doll - Respect - Soldier Boy - Stagger Lee - Soul Man - Twist and Shout - Winchester Cathedral - Windy - You Keep Me Hangin' On - more!

Songlist: Walkin' The Dog, Ahab The Arab, Let's Get Together (Get Together), All My Loving, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Stand By Me, Jenifer Juniper, Along Comes Mary, Dizzy, Heartbreak Hotel, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Nobody But Me, Hold On I'm Comin', Soldier Boy, Ya Ya, Stormy, Somebody To Love, Elenore, Respect, Sock It To Me Baby, Donna, Barbara Ann, Be-Bop-A-Lula, Be True To Your School, For Once In My Life, Book Of Love, La Bamba, California Sun, I Thank You, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20297b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Various : The Great American Songbook - Pop/Rock Era : Solo : Songbook : 888680754419 : 1540030504 : 00278788

Various : The Great American Songbook - Pop/Rock Era

Most people think of older standards when they hear Great American Songbook, but these more recent hits are so successful that they already have earned their place in musical history. Includes piano, voice and guitar arrangements of 100 songs.

Songlist: Lowdown, More Than A Feeling, Ain't That A Shame, Time After Time, Runaway, All Along The Watchtower, God Only Knows, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Rocky Mountain High, Stand By Me, Lean On Me, American Pie, The Look Of Love, Walking In Memphis, Don't Know Why, Don't Stop Believin', Be-Bop-A-Lula, Billie Jean, Blue Suede Shoes, Blueberry Hill, Summertime Blues, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Daydream, Bye Bye Love, California Dreamin', Drift Away, Can't Help Falling In Love, Good Vibrations, Dance To The Music, Deacon Blues, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40602b | Songbook | $29.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Greatest Pop/Rock Vocal Harmony Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680752590 : 1540029557 : 00278178

Various Arrangers : Greatest Pop/Rock Vocal Harmony Songsnew

18 songs famous for their great harmonizations are presented in this unique collection. The transcriptions include all the harmonies in the vocal line along with piano accompaniment.

Songlist: Uncle John's Band, More Than A Feeling, Africa, Mr. Blue Sky, Bohemian Rhapsody, California Dreamin', Carry On Wayward Son, Good Vibrations, Dancing Queen, Go Your Own Way, I've Seen All Good People, Listen To The Music, Lyin' Eyes, Nowhere Man, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Too Much Heaven, You're The Inspiration, The Weight

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Voicing: Solo | 41228b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Good Vibrations : TTBB : David Wright : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Songbook : 212080

David Wright : Good Vibrations

Arranger: David Wright | Composer: Brian Wilson | Lyricist: Mike Love Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.50 | A Cappella |
212080


Good Vibrations : SATB : Mark Brymer : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 00244276 : 888680707774

Mark Brymer : Good Vibrations

Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 500 rock songs of all time, Good Vibrations is a rock classic. This arrangement builds on the happy rock shuffle groove and the now legendary harmonic progressions of the Beach Boys music.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Brian Wilson Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00244276 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : SAB : Mark Brymer : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 00244277 : 888680707781

Mark Brymer : Good Vibrations

Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 500 rock songs of all time, Good Vibrations is a rock classic. This arrangement builds on the happy rock shuffle groove and the now legendary harmonic progressions of the Beach Boys music.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Brian Wilson Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00244277 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : TTBB : Mark Brymer : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 00244278 : 888680707798

Mark Brymer : Good Vibrations

Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 500 rock songs of all time, Good Vibrations is a rock classic. This arrangement builds on the happy rock shuffle groove and the now legendary harmonic progressions of the Beach Boys music.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Brian Wilson Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00244278 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : 2-Part : Mark Brymer : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 00244279 : 888680707804

Mark Brymer : Good Vibrations

Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 500 rock songs of all time, Good Vibrations is a rock classic. This arrangement builds on the happy rock shuffle groove and the now legendary harmonic progressions of the Beach Boys music.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Brian Wilson Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00244279 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : SATB : Ed Lojeski : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 08201597 : 073999504637

Ed Lojeski : Good Vibrations

It was the sound that changed rock music forever! The #1 hit from 1966 by the Beach Boys in a great arrangement by Ed Lojeski.Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTBB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:40.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Brian Wilson and Mike Love Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201597 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : SAB : Ed Lojeski : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 08201598 : 073999969498

Ed Lojeski : Good Vibrations

It was the sound that changed rock music forever! The #1 hit from 1966 by the Beach Boys in a great arrangement by Ed Lojeski.Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTBB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:40.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Brian Wilson and Mike Love Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201598 | Showtrax CD Available


Good Vibrations : TTBB : Ed Lojeski : Brian Wilson : Beach Boys : Sheet Music : 08201599 : 073999226355

Ed Lojeski : Good Vibrations

It was the sound that changed rock music forever! The #1 hit from 1966 by the Beach Boys in a great arrangement by Ed Lojeski.Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTBB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:40.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Brian Wilson and Mike Love Performed By: Beach Boys

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201599 | Showtrax CD Available

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