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Quality as a function of quantity: the prolific Beach Boys

The group has released 29 studio albums [10 between October 1962 and November 1965], eleven live albums, 61 compilation albums, 1 remix album and 75 singles.


The number of singles could have been much higher, but they did a lot of double A-sides. A few notable examples:

  • Surfin’ Safari / 409
  • Surfin’ USA / Shut Down
  • Fun Fun Fun / What do Fools Fall in Love
  • Surfer Girl / Little Deuce Coupe
  • I Get Around / Don’t Worry Baby
  • Do You Wanna Dance / Please Let Me Wonder
  • Sloop John B / You’re So Good to Me
  • Wouldn’t it be Nice / God Only Knows

See also:

Mass production: quality as a function of quantity
Malcolm Gladwell on creativity, quality and quantity
Being prolific
Stan Lee (1922-2018) – What If?
A Body of Work

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