The Beach Boys' 1972 release Carl and the Passions-So Tough finds the group updating their sound with some success, adopting a convincing blue-eyed-soul style that meshes surprisingly well with the band's trademark harmonies. Despite his brother Brian's relative prominence in the songwriting credits, it's largely Carl Wilson's show, and he shines on such memorable numbers as "Marcella" and "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone." His brother Dennis, meanwhile, contributes a pair of heart-tugging tunes, "Make It Good" and "Cuddle Up," while new members Blondie Chaplin and Rikki Fataar take the spotlight for a song each. Holland, the product of an ill-conceived attempt at recording in the title country, is rather patchy but does feature Carl's ace epic "The Trader," Dennis's tender "Only with You," and the partially Brian-penned hit "Sail on Sailor," sung with gusto by Chaplin. This is the only two-CD entry in the twofer series, with the albums divided into individual discs to allow for the inclusion of Brian's sweetly daffy mini-opera "Magic Transistor Radio," which was packaged as a 7" single with Holland's original vinyl release.