The 1970s Brought Change to the Beach Boys. Celebrating a New Boxed Set

As the 1970s dawned, beach kids they were in crisis. The quintessential American rock band of the ’60s, whose sun-kissed harmonies and string of girls-cars-and-surf hits created the myth that California legend was heaven, had lost its lock on the charts. Its leader, Brian Wilson, was withdrawn and unstable after a super ambitious album attempt. …