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Surfin' Safari/Surfin' U.S.A. [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
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Their classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle and The Beach Boys have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. The Beach Boys’ first hit “Surfin’” (1961) launched a string of chart-topping songs that spans nearly forty years and includes eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA”, “Surfer Girl”, ... Read more in Amazon's The Beach Boys Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B00005A1MT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Surfin' Safari (2001 Digital Remaster)
2. County Fair (Digitally Remastered 00)
3. Ten Little Indians (Digitally Remastered 00)
4. Chug-A-Lug (2000 Digital Remaster)
5. Little Girl (You're My Miss America) (Digitally Remastered 00)
6. 409 (Stereo)
7. Surfin' (Digitally Remastered 00)
8. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose (Digitally Remastered 00)
9. Summertime Blues (2001 Digital Remaster)
10. Cuckoo Clock (Digitally Remastered 00)
11. Moon Dawg (2001 Digital Remaster)
12. The Shift (Digitally Remastered 00)
13. Surfin' U.S.A. (2001 Digital Remaster)
14. Farmer's Daughter (Digitally Remastered 00)
15. Misirlou (2001 Digital Remaster)
16. Stoked (2001 Digital Remaster)
17. Lonely Sea (Digitally Remastered 00)
18. Shut Down (Digitally Remastered 00)
19. Noble Surfer (Digitally Remastered 00)
20. Honky Tonk (2001 Digital Remaster)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First two Beach Boys albums 20 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
Throughout 2001 Capital Records went through the Beach Boys catalogue re-issuing them all in re-mastered sound using the best-available masters, with extensive liner notes and usually two albums plus bonus tracks on each release.
In the early years, Capital managed to squeeze a large number of albums out of the group and there is a steep learning curve as the group became more proficient and mature, and Brian Wilson's songwriting, arranging and production skills evolved.
Surfin' Safari (1962) was the band's first album, rushed out in the wake of the success of the title track as a hit single and its hot-rod B-side, 409, replete with the sound effects of a 348 Chevy as they couldn't afford a 409. Surf, hot-rods and girls are the preoccupations of most of the songs, mainly original compositions, though there is a stab at Summertime Blues, and the Gamblers' Moon Dawg, considered to be the first surf record.
It includes some of the demo recordings that got the band signed in the first place, and their first single, Surfin', from 1961, which had first been released on the tiny X Records label and then on Candix. The version here is the Candix version speeded up, despite the "production notes" in the liner. Most of the lead vocals are by Mike Love, though Brian sings Cuckoo Clock and Dennis Wilson, the Ringo Starr of the group, debuts as lead singer on Little Miss America. Ten Little Indians was also released as a single from the album, against Brian Wilson's wishes (his choice was Chug-A-Lug). At this stage the Beach Boys were strong vocally and harmonically but their instrumental skills were rudimentary. Although some of the tracks have previously appeared in 3-track stereo (vocals left and right, instruments at centre), they are all in mono here, although Land Ahoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expecting to Surf... 23 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
I must admit i'd been putting off buying these two particular beach boys albums, the very beginnings of the group. I was expecting a primitive work but put on 'Lonely Sea' and marvel that all which was to come later on 'Pet Sounds' is already here in this song albeit in embryonic form. 'Farmers Daughter' is also lovely and although the 'Surfin USA' album does have an excess of instrumentals, these can be seen as charming period pieces if you choose not to take them too seriously. The 'Surfin Safari' album contains no songs as great as on 'Surfin USA' but does have one or two catchy moments and is actually great fun to listen to! When you remember these two albums were recorded around 1962/63 right at the very beginning ( pre-beatles! ) they really are some acomplishment for what was a very young group still in their teens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut 15 Feb 2007
By B
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The surprise here is that the first album Surfin Safari (Oct 1962) of which might expect little, is so solid, and as good as most early Beach Boys albums and better than several. 9 originals and only 3 covers - contrast the Beatles with 6 covers on their 1st, 2nd and 4th albums. Kids who bought the single wouldn't have been disappointed with this album which is solid, up-tempo, rock & roll based surf music throughout, The bass is fuller and more effective than on some later outings and the lead guitar breaks also have more bite and are less attenuated. There is off course the microscopic drum sound and Mike Love's nasal vocals to contend with.

The second album Surfin USA (Mar 63) (12 Tracks, 25 mins long, 9 originals and 3 covers)

Side one is hot, shaping up to be on a par with the early Beatle albums. Side 2 lets it down esp on 9 -12 ( 2 melody free instrumentals and 2 Four seasons pastiches). The USA no 3 title track is surprisingly kicking. The result was a US no 2 album! Farmers Daughter has arching Brian vocals and cadences. There is an excellent cover of the exotic guitar classic Mirsolu, the moody Lonely Sea.

The Beach Boys broke with precedent to self-produce outside the Capital studio system after LP 1. Tho in my opinion Brian was often a rushed and erratic producer who could have down with a steadying professional George Martin figure.

The 3 bonus tracks are poor and the sleeve notes a little perfunctory compared to later volumes in this great series.
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By Recondo
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Surfin' Safari is the Beach Boys first album, but it perfectly encapsulates the image of California (at least as perceived by this reviewer). The rudimentary nature of the vocal harmonies complements the subject matter of the songs: fun, girls, cars, surf, and cuckoos. The noteworthy tracks are: Little Miss America (sung by drummer Dennis Wilson), Surfin' Safari, a cover of Summertime Blues, and the solid "Country Fair". Overall Surfin' Safari is lovely album for someone looking to get acquainted with the Boys.

This package also includes their second LP "Surfin U.S.A." and 3 bonus tracks. In the former I only consider Lana, Farmer's Daughter, and Surfin' U.S.A. as deserving -in the case of the former two- praise, or -in the case of the latter: mention.

Concluding, don't shun away from purchasing these two-albums package, considering that you are paying for one good album, and getting another 20 songs in that price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album obviously huh kids 23 Jun 2013
By BassMan
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Awesome album! Songs about cars, surfing & chicks. That's the world right there! Treat your ears and mind - go on!
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3.0 out of 5 stars First two Beach Boy albums
When releasing The Beach Boys' early albums on CD, Capital [has] made the decision to pair up albums released chronologically next to each other [in close proximity] and issue them... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike London
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's go surfing dudes!
This is the first 2 beach boys albums on 1 CD with 3 bonus tracks. Being a big fan of the band for a few years and this being on my wish list for over a year this was an obvious... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Matt182
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Beach Boys
This CD covers the first two albums from the group who brought suf music to the UK. This Cd covers the formative years of this long lived group and is therefore a dissappointment... Read more
Published on 9 July 2010 by John Myatt
4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY SURFIN'
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by Juan Sheet
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of a legend
This CD is made up of the first two Beach Boys albums, plus three bonus tracks. The overall sound of the album owes as much to simple rock'n'roll as it does to surf. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2002 by Peter Durward Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Surfer Girl...
Though between them Surfer Girl and Shut Down Volume II contained at least three absolutely classic Beach Boys songs (In My Room, Fun Fun Fun and Don't Worry Baby), I would... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start.
Impressive start for a bunch of first-time youngsters. Surfin' Safari is harmless, youthful fun with some excellent moments, such as the title track, "409,"... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2002 by yarborough
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