In THE CAPTIVE, Marcel, in Balbec for the summer, is overwhelmed by a realization of the import of his grandmother's death. His jealous love for Albertine continues, along with suspicions that she is a lesbian. He becomes intimately involved with the Verdurins, the snobbish bourgeois family at whose home he meets artists and musicians, as well as the ever-present Baron de Charlus. In THE FUGITIVE, despite his family's disapproval, Marcel and Albertine live together in Paris. He becomes obsessed with her life, and spies on her shamelessly, finally testing her love by suggesting they separate. She stuns him by leaving and is subsequently killed in a fall from a horse. His doomed obsession with her continues until he again encounters Gilberte Swann and travels to Venice with his mother; his memory begins to work, bringing back people and events from his childhood. He also publishes an article in Le Figaro, and begins to see the real possibility of a writing career.
As compilations go this is up there with the best. 28 tracks of the Beach Boys at the top of their form (or close to the top, anyway). And at the price this is great value. It's easy to forget just how important the Beach Boys were to the progression of popular music in the 1960s. Brian Wilson used to watch what the Beatles were doing and try to match them on the artistic level. The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' was born of this rivalry and Paul McCartney regarded it as one of the greatest popular-music albums ever made. It spurred the Beatles to complete 'Revolver' and then make 'Sgt Pepper'. Brian Wilson was the Beach Boys' creative genius and when he broke down they lost their leadership position. However they left a huge repertoire of major hits, many of which are captured on this compilation. Some of the most finely crafted pop-music recordings ever made are here. Pete Doggett has written a paragraph in the accompanying booklet giving a little background to each of the tracks, which makes for interesting reading.