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Surf's Up

David Thomas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glitterhouse
  • ASIN: B000058BFC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Runaway
2. Man In The Dark
3. Night Driving
4. Surf's Up
5. River
6. Ghosts
7. Spider In My Stew
8. Come Home
9. Green River

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"I'd read the things people may know/The stories they fit me into," David Thomas sings with his usual cryptic, mordant wit. He has a delicate voice for such a large man, one that evokes desolate vistas and surreal places. He's been creating his own punk American gothic since the mid-1970s with Pere Ubu, and more recently with trumpeter Andy Diagram and guitarist Keith Moline (the Two Pale Boys). Surf's Up, the follow-up to their 1996 studio album Erewhon, sounds like deranged Midwestern surf music. Guitars are fed through echo machines and radio receivers, while Thomas' voice weaves round atmospheric beats. The title track in particular, a cover from Brian Wilson's lost Smile album, has an off-kilter tonal beauty--like Miles Davis meets a mad Beach Boys. It, like the entire album, is highly recommended. --Lucy O'Brien

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The David Thomas song cycle continues. 7 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this Cd it is one of my favourites .The sad songs and repetative themes of lost lonesome roads and a feeling of not quite belonging is there as ever.I have always enjoyed David Thomas's work be it solo or with 2PB or Pere Ubu.Man in the Dark is supremely wonderful and Ghosts leaves you I don't want to say haunted as its too trite but there I've said it.The title track is well a Brian Wilson song given the full Thomas work and is one of the finest pieces of soulful music I have ever heard .It is like all the songs he has ever written just drift around in his head and evolve and re surface changed new and different. I always feel its a great injustice that more people haven't had the chance to experience the work of Pere Ubu 2PB and Mr Thomas.So do your self a favour and become one of the lucky to have stumbled across his path.In the words of Erewhon if you lived here you'd be home now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting, complex, beautiful 20 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I saw David Thomas live way back in 82, and it was a memorable show. He is an original, a one-off, unforgettable.
This is David Thomas at his best, haunting songs with fabulous backing from trumpet and guitar - no rhythm section, which allows for a freer sound. It's Pere Ubu stripped down and reinvented. Try it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Desert Springs 31 Mar 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I gave this a punt not really expecting much in return,but this is a truly excelent record even by Pere Ubu standards. This is up somewhere with the early stuff.

Trumpet, Bass, Guitar Vocal and studio treatments create something awe inspiring that within lesser imaginations would hit the ground with a splish but this sound fills the room with a throb that pulsates from the bass deep lines of the first track. Then it dips and soars with something akin to a condor cruising a thermal updraft; bleak remorseless with a magnificent ugliness.

Other tracks are softly quietly spoken soliloquies before bang it all kicks off again into something weird elsewhere. Very little verse/chorus/middle eight but what does emerge is far beyond the art school introspection often levelled as a cheap shot at the big man. This brings together sea shanties, prairie blues, surf music within his particular arid horizon. A focused vision of the eternal loneliness of the open road, wipe open vistas with the sun pouring its lethal heat over head.

A magnificent record straight from the left field where the pedal to the floor eats up the miles
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER 27 May 2014
I love this album, perhaps above much of their earlier work.

'Surf's Up' was a massive hit in Holland and was better received here than in the States.

From the curious and iconic cover through to the 'anti-surf' song ('Don't Go Near the Water') to Bruce Johnston's adorable 'Disney Girls' and the deeply moving 'Til I Die', this remains a truly innovative and moving album which still sparkles after all these years.

An unashamed 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleadingly packaged 1980s remakes 9 Oct 2012
By R. Riis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nowhere on the packaging or in the liner notes (or in Amazon's description) is there any indication that these tracks are anything but the original 1960s hits, but even a cursory listening will tell you otherwise. These tracks, a straight reissue of 1985's "Silver Summer" LP, are well-produced and listenable copies, but shame on Fuel 2000 for this deliberate deception. Avoid this CD while the originals are still available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surf's Up! 15 May 2012
By prose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not the 60's hits, but great music anyway. Musically it is a re-issue of Silver Summer. Beautiful cover art by Dean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting remakes 6 Dec 2013
By Dr. J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Reissue of itself rerecorded from scratch Greatest Hits and Similar Songs type album. A more mature set of readings, not as high-pitched/keyed as the originals. I like to hear how artists evolve, this captures the Dean Torrance sound I heard live in concert a few years back, even on super-resolution hifi.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Production Glitch 22 Oct 2012
By Ogg Oggelby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had anticipated this release for some months. When I finally got my copy there were grievous production erros on each track. Track 1 opens with 13 seconds of silence. Each subsequent tracks loops over into the following track by a like number of seconds making the disc useless and unlistenable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somber. Eclectic. Beautiful. 12 Jun 2012
By Pringlestad - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't think I had even heard anything from this album until about a year ago and even then I had to inquire as to who it was. It's unique even in a career as diverse as The Beach Boys and while it's a far cry from even "Pet Sounds", let alone their early career, it's imbued with themes of introspection, environmentalism, youth in revolt and the end of the world. It's not an easy record to come by but if you're a fan of the cynical shift and murky decline of The Beach Boys during the latter half of their golden age this album will redeem your morbid curiosity. Supple as shag carpet on vinyl and superb with the fading light of a late summer evening.
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