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The Beach Boys' Mike Love treads on familiar (sandy) ground on new solo single, "California Beach"

The Beach Boys' Mike Love treads on familiar (sandy) ground on new solo single, "California Beach"

BMGBeach Boys frontman Mike Love heads back to the ocean on his new solo single, “California Beach,” an homage to the sunny, sandy seashore of his home state.

The harmony-filled song, which premiered Friday at, is the second single the 78-year-old singer has released in advance of his forthcoming studio album, 12 Sides of Summer, which hits stores on July 19 and can be pre-ordered now.

“That mythical place out West, the California I’ve been blessed to call home, has provided a lifetime of inspiration,” says Love in a statement about his new tune. “‘California Beach,’ in reality is not one, but many wonderful places that have held an allure, beckoning so many for countless years.”

The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Mike’s official YouTube channel.

“California Beach” was preceded by Love’s rendition of the 1977 Ramones punk-pop classic “Rockaway Beach,” which was released as a single last month.

12 Sides of Summer features a few original tunes, as well as covers of The Beatles‘ “Here Comes the Sun,” The Dave Clark Five‘s “Over and Over and Over Again,” ABBA‘s “On and On and On,” Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues,” Antonio Carlos Jobim‘s “Girl from Ipanema” and the 1964 Rivieras hit “California Sun.”

In addition, the album will include updated renditions of The Beach Boys’ “Surfin,” “Surfin’ Safari” and “It’s Ok,” the latter of which features previous Love collaborators Hanson.

The Beach Boys are currently on tour in Europe, and are scheduled to return to North America for more concerts starting in late July. Check out the band’s full itinerary at

Here’s the full 12 Sides of Summer track list:

“California Beach”
“It’s Ok” — featuring Hanson
“California Sun”
“Surfin’ Safari”
“On and On and On”
“Here Comes the Sun”
“Girl from Ipanema”
“Over and Over and Over Again”
“Keepin’ the Summer Alive”
“Summertime Blues”
“Rockaway Beach”

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