Label
Capitol Catalog
Release date
25 Sep 2012
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
45:55

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sail On, Sailor (2000 - Remaster) 3:19 62
2 Steamboat (2000 - Remaster) 4:35 21
3 California Saga (Big Sur) (2000 - Remaster) 2:56 25
4 California Saga (The Beaks of Eagles) (2000 - Remaster) 3:48 26
5 California Saga (California) (2000 - Remaster) 3:24 20
6 The Trader (2000 - Remaster) 5:06 27
7 Leaving This Town (2000 - Remaster) 5:51 16
8 Only With You (2000 - Remaster) 3:02 19
9 Funky Pretty (2000 - Remaster) 4:12 15
10 Mt. Vernon And Fairway (Theme) (2000 - Remaster) 1:34 17
12 Better Get Back in Bed (2000 - Remaster) 1:38 13
13 Magic Transistor Radio (2000 - Remaster) 1:44 11
14 I'm the Pied Piper (2000 - Remaster) 2:08 13
15 Radio King Dom (2000 - Remaster) 2:38 11

About this album

Holland is the nineteenth studio album by the American rock group The Beach Boys, released in January 1973. It was famously (and expensively) recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from home, and with two Brian Wilson tracks rush-recorded in Los Angeles and added to the album at the last minute.

Just as Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” was coming to print, The Beach Boys, at manager Jack Rieley’s urging, decided to pack up and record their next album in the Netherlands. They felt the change of scenery would make for some inspirational sessions, and perhaps even snap former leader Brian Wilson out of his deep depression.

By mid-1972, Wilson was well into mental illness. Keenly aware that he was creating less music than ever before, The Beach Boys were hoping to jump-start his creative juices. Although he did make the trip (after three separate attempts to get on the plane), Wilson contributed little to the album, concentrating his musical efforts on “Mount Vernon and Fairway”, a ten-minute long “musical fairy tale” which was later included with the album as a bonus EP. With Carl Wilson in charge, the rest of the band had to carry the album, and the resulting effort, named Holland, was one of The Beach Boys’ more respected 1970s releases.

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  • liquidnature

    epic

    10 Jun 11:52pm Reply
  • alis448

    It amazes me this album got lost in the shuffle. It is incredible. I remember having a hard time finding it when it came out in the early 70's. I love every song on it.

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    super great!!

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Probably my favourite Beach Boys album

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • richardneal

    wholeheartedly concur with ascrodin and Lowbacca

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    so good it's beyond me. more people should know HOLLAND, less people should praise PET SOUNDS. the praise ought to be scattered over much more beach boys albums.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • breakingglass27

    How does one go about fixing this tracklist? And how do "Mt. Vernon" and "Fairway" have listeners?

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • illustryus

    I just discovered this album. Its amazing.

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • Crustclock

    My favourite BB album.

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • clifran

    A sadly ignored collection of coherent songs that capture the introspective feeling of a sixties group tackling a new decade. I have always loved it

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ascrodin

    This is one of my favorite Beach Boys albums. I wish they would've kept going in the same direction after Holland, instead of turning into an oldies band and putting out 15 Big Ones. I consider Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue and L.A. Light Album (minus Sumahama, Lady Lynda, and the disco song) to be the true follow-ups to Holland (I love Love You, but its in a totally separate league from Holland, POB, etc.).

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • AddSomeMusic

    Very cohesive and consistent album. I seriously don't find any of the songs weak, although the high points aren't as high as some of the best BB stuff overall. Highlights include SOS, The Trader, California, and Funky Pretty. 4.5/5

    12 Feb 2008 Reply

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