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Sunflower/Surf's Up [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol/Brother
  • ASIN: B00004TJXS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slip On Through (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
2. This Whole World (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
3. Add Some Music To Your Day (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
4. Got To Know The Woman (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
5. Deirdre (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
6. It's About Time (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
7. Tears In The Morning (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
8. All I Wanna Do (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
9. Forever (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
10. Our Sweet Love (2000 Digital Remaster)
11. At My Window (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
12. Cool, Cool Water (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
13. Don't Go Near The Water (2000 Digital Remaster)
14. Long Promised Road (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
15. Take A Load Off Your Feet (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster)
16. Disney Girls (1957) (24-Bit Remastered 99) (2000 Digital Remaster)
17. Student Demonstration Time (2000 Digital Remaster)
18. Feel Flows (Digitally Remastered '00)
19. Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster)
20. A Day In The Life Of A Tree (24-Bit Remastered 00) (2000 Digital Remaster)
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Product Description

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2 Digitally remastered albums on 1 CD with upgraded packaging. Sunflower is brilliant and Surf's Up is a masterpiece! Essential!


Many reckon 1970's Sunflower to be amongst the Beach Boys' finest moments. Certainly, it has a maturity and consistency which belies the turmoil the Wilson brothers must have been feeling at the time--a bitter split with their label coincided with creative lynch-pin Brian Wilson's withdrawal from the spotlight. This is no Pet Sounds, however. Tracks such as "At My Window" and "Slip on Through" display an unseemly fondness for pop schmaltz, while "It's About Time" is Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" diluted. Dennis Wilson's rather beautiful "Forever" and the timeless "Tears In The Morning" go some way to rectifying the balance, though. 1971's Surf's Up, meanwhile, is a decidedly patchy affair. Dennis had mostly succumbed to his elder brother's demons, and tracks such as Mike Love's pseudo-political "Student Demonstration Time" are plain embarrassing. Meanwhile, proto-green politics take over in places. Fortunately, the album is saved by two incredible Brian Wilson songs: the brass-textured title track (one of the highlights of shelved Smile), and the morbid introspection of "Till I Die". This joint reissue included new liner notes by Wilson biographer Timothy White. --Jerry Thackray

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best two album CD ever? 20 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
After pet sounds not many beach boys CD's gain the critical acclaim or commercial success they deserve. However on this bargain CD two of the Beach Boys finest albums ever are gathered. First to Sunflower, which some reckon even better than Pet Sounds. What it is better than Pet Sounds for sure concerning this album is that it's a group effort. Dennis Wilson decisively shows himself as the second most talented Beach Boy with the funky Slip on Through and one of the most beautiful songs of all time , Forever. Brian however still hangs on as the main man with classics such as This Whole World, Add some Music and All I wanna do.
Surfs Up is nearly as brilliant as Sunflower and only has one bad track. The truly awful Mike Love song Student Demonstration Time. Brian steals the show, even though he's now a peripheral figure in the band on the verge of mental illness.Until I die and surfs up are wonderful. Although the extended version of the former found on the Endless Harmony compilation and performed by brian at his solo shows is that much more awe inspiring. Please take a chance on these two beautiful albums.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My introdution to the Beach Boys 16 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
As I write this review I am listening to 'Sunflower/Surf's up' for about the zillienth time since I perchased it at Reading festival 3 years ago. 2 years prior to that perchase I was still under the illusion that there wasn't much depth to the Beach Boys music and that they were just an irritating 60's american pop band that churned out hit after annoying hit (i.e. 'Help me Rhonda', 'Fun Fun Fun', 'Surfin USA' ect) Being raised on The Beatles from an early age didn't help as no other 60's outfit was gonna take prefference over them! Then I heard these 2 albums. My friend from school was determined to change my mind about the Beach Boys and played me some of their more experimental/less commercial offerings in the form of Friends/20/20. An experimental Beach Boys!?! At the time the idea seemed obsurd but I listened and eventualy liked them ('Cabinessence' in particular) then after 'getting used to' Sunflower/Surf's up, LOVED the band! Immesureabley!
Both albums filled me with the same emotions as hearing the Beatles for the first time as a little boy. Although an entirly different band, the level of geniouse and origionality expressed on these records equals and sometimes surpasses that of The Beatles. For example on tracks like 'Surf's Up' 'This Whole World' (the sweetest 2 mins of pop your ever likly to hear!) the dark, sad 'Till I Die' and the odd but very beautifull 'Day in the Life of a Tree', the songs (after you look under the suface) churn your emotions till you can't take it anymore. I actualy had nights where I used to stay awake wondering how a record could be so deeply moving. If you don't beleve me, keep listening!! I still find hidden treasure in the songs that I wasn't sure about at first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From innocence to darkness 16 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Unintentional symbolism marks the transition between the two albums featured on this CD. Brian Wilson's inspired and celebratory 'Cool, Cool Water' makes way for Al Jardine's ecologically aware 'Don't Go Near The Water', representing the step from 1960s innocence to 1970s realisation. Both tracks, in this sense, typify the moods of their respective albums. 'Sunflower' is aptly-named, a largely positive collection on which Dennis Wilson asserts his ability to contribute worthwhile material. 'Slip On Through' slots well into the upbeat Beach Boys tradition, 'Got To Know The Woman' is a return to driving rock 'n' roll and 'Forever' is just sweet and delicate. Bruce Johnston adds mature ballads and Brian Wilson, while not supplying anything of the stature of past hit singles, is on good form.

'Surf's Up', despite its darker feel, is lovingly-crafted throughout. Only Mike Love's 'Student Demonstration Time' disappoints. It's based on The Coasters hit, 'Riot In Cell Block No. 9', a song I've never liked. Carl Wilson weighs in with an unexpected gem, 'Feel Flows', and Al Jardine hits a purple patch with his three songs. Yet Brian Wilson's contributions, three songs left until the end, steal the show. 'Til I Die' is a spine-tingler and the title track is a tour de force.

This is the best two-for-one Beach Boys CD available and offers consistent quality, though it doesn't contain any of the band's classic singles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO great albums. 30 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing the ''Til I Die', this is an amazing song which is not only highlight of this double album but one of the best songs ever recorded.
As nearly everyone has said in their reviews Sunflower is a great pop album, personal highlights for me are 'Slip On Through', 'All I Wanna Do' and 'Forever'. I think people are going to far however, by claiming it to be better tan 'Pet Sounds', it is less consistent and sounds more like a collection of songs rather than an album.
Although 'Surfs Up' seems to be getting an unfair amount of criticism, I think that it works better as an album than 'Sunflower', and seems a far more natural progression from 'Pet Sounds'. Musically the album is fantastic, with a very psychedelic feel and some amazing singing from everyone. Lyrically the album does occasionally get slightly cringe worthy, like on songs such as 'Take A Load Of Your Feet' and 'Disney Girls', however this is nearly always made up for by the music and it does add a certain charm to the album. In one particular instance however, namely 'Student Demonstration Time', the album does fail both lyrically and musically; this song should only be listened to out of curiosity and skipped at all other times. When the band gets it right lyrically and musically; Carl's 'Feel Flows' and Brian's 'Surfs Up' and ''Til I Die' the results are breathtaking. Elsewhere 'Long Promised Road' is a pretty catchy pop song and you'll either love or hate 'Day In The Life Of A Tree' (I happen to love it). Please don't let talk of the lyric's questionable environmental concerns put you off this incredible album.

Altough neither albums are better than 'Pet Sounds' anyone who likes that album should definitly invest in this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 18 days ago by trond jessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strong pair of Beach Boys albums
Another superb 'double-header' from the Beach Boys with 'Sunflower' (1970) winning most of the accolades from me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
What a superb combination, definitely the best Beach Boys albums. Well worth another look at these amazing albums.
Published 3 months ago by David Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the BBs best albums.
Published 3 months ago by Mr R Uzar
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great cd very fast delivery
Published 3 months ago by Phil Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-issue and great value...
If you are the sort of listener who enjoyed the Beach Boys greatest hits and perhaps 'Pet Sounds' and are wondering what else the group has to offer, why not try this twofer disc? Read more
Published 14 months ago by os
4.0 out of 5 stars Under the radar
With The Beach Boys it's all Pet Sounds or Smile, but I've just realized that Sunflower is their best album. It contains some of the most beautiful music they ever created. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. G. O' Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past.
An essential addition for the collection of anyone with a taste for Beachboy harmonies. I did not have this or relise what I had been missing.
Published 23 months ago by I,Hepple
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a gas
The coupling of these two albums on one disc doesn't do much for the continuity in general, seeing as though they are such different affairs. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars two classics now remastered.
These two were big hits in the uk back then. And that's because the british public understood how good these two releases were. This was a band doing everything right. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Michael Dobey
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