Sunflower/Surf's Up

Sunflower/Surf's Up

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Sunflower/Surf's Up

After anthologizing the Beach Boys' creative peak with several reissues during the '90s, Capitol turned its attention to the '70s recordings by acquiring the rights to the group's LPs for Warner/Reprise. The first fruits of this campaign arrived (after several long delays) in mid-2000, comprising a single disc with 1970's Sunflower and the following year's Surf's Up. It's a perfect place to begin, too, considering they were certainly the Beach Boys' best albums of the '70s. Sunflower especially is a beautiful work, stocked with excellent harmonies and the best songs the group had written since Pet Sounds; British critics and fans even deemed it a worthy successor. And for listeners more interested in the aborted Smile than Pet Sounds, Surf's Up is an eccentric work that displays the group's increasingly fractured genius. Even aside from the music, pairing Sunflower and Surf's Up provides a fascinating glimpse of a band in search of its identity after several years of commercial shutouts and dwindling critical interest. On Sunflower, the Beach Boys merged their fondness for sun and sand with a growing sense of their own maturity; the cover photo even features the group lounging in a park, playing with their children. Less than a year later, however, that hope for the future is not just replaced but completely obliterated for Surf's Up, as social/environmental paranoia and fatalistic resignation compete for attention on a set of skewed pop songs. These radically different struggles for attention during the early '70s -- whether to reprise the surf-and-sun sound or become a quintessentially '70s "aware" band, whether to ascend the mountain of Brian Wilson's heavenly production sense or surrender to his growing melancholia -- make for two dozen compelling tracks. It surely wouldn't have been quite as compelling if the music hadn't been able to match -- at least to a degree -- the fascinating midlife crisis going on in America's pop band. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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Record Label: CD
Performer: The Beach Boys
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.50 x 5.50 x 7.44 Inches
Release Date: 07/18/2000
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1. Slip on Through
2. This Whole World
3. Add Some Music to Your Day
4. Got to Know the Woman
5. Deirdre
6. It's About Time
7. Tears in the Morning
8. All I Wanna Do
9. Forever
10. Our Sweet Love
11. At My Window
12. Cool Cool Water
13. Don't Go Near the Water
14. Long Promised Road
15. Take a Load off Your Feet
16. Disney Girls (1957)
17. Student Demonstration Time
18. Feel Flows
19. Lookin' at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
20. Day in the Life of a Tree
21. 'Til I Die
22. Surf's Up
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Sunflower/Surf's Up CD
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3.0 stars 8/13/2009 by Hdzang
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I actually only bought this CD for one song, Deirdre because that's my wife's name, but they pronounce it differently which was disappointing, but the CD is still good just because it's the Beach Boys.

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I was curious about buying this cd. I had read a few reviews hear and there, and I eventually said "hey why not?" So I bought it and I think overall it's good. In my opinion Sunflower is good, but Surfs Up is great. My favorites on Sunflower would be "Forever," "All I Wanna Do," and "Cool Cool Water." "All I Wanna Do" kind of gives me that feeling when I listen to "I Can Hear Music" from the 20/20 album, I love it. "Cool Cool Water" has become one of my big favorites of the Beach Boys. I really love the sound and feeling it has. It's like it fades into a different world like your under water or something and then the tempo picks up again and you have resurfaced. At least, that's how I think of it. Sunflower is a 4 star album in my opinion. Now on to Surfs Up; some great stuff on here. "Don't Go Near The Water" is something I didn't really care for at first but it's slowly growing on me. "Long Promised Road" and "Disney Girls (1957)" are good, both have nice vocals. The only flaw on this album is "Student Demonstration Time." It is by far the dumbest/worst Beach Boys song that I know of. I'm a big fan and this one is just not something that clicks with me. It's like they're trying to sound like CSNY when they did the song "Ohio." Not so pretty. So just avoid that one all together. Everything else on the album is great. "Feel Flows," "Surfs Up," and "'Til I Die" have become some all time favorites of mine. I prefer the version with Brian singing "Surfs Up" but, overall it's a fantastic song. "'Til I Die" is simple but has such great lyrics to it. It gives you an idea of Brian's feelings during that time. "Feel Flows" is flat out awesome. I think the guitar solo's/sound is perfect for the song along with the flute. It has a mystical sound to it, very fitting for its time. "Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)" is another song along with "A Day In The Life Of A Tree" that has grown on me greatly. There's something about the "sounds" and "moods" with this album that I really like. I recommend that you buy this cd, it has a lot of good tracks on it. It is something that I have enjoyed quite a bit.

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