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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a wonderful album!, 29 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Sunflower (Audio CD)
Sunflower is one of the best albums of the Beach Boys. At the end of the sixties, they left Capitol and signed a deal with the Reprise division of Warner Bros. Their first album on Reprise is their strongest group effort. But the Beach Boys were completely unpopular at that time so the album didn't sell.

It's the third time that I buy this album because I was curious about the 2012 mastering (as was announced on Amazon). But I'm a little bit disappointed. I can't hear a difference between the mastering of 2000 and this one (which was actually mastered in 2009). If there's a difference, it will be very minimal. So, if you own the twofer Sunflower / Surf's Up released in 2000, you don't need to buy this one.

If a record company rereleases an album it should have something more, not less. This release doesn't have a booklet or bonus tracks. They could have released a "Deluxe Edition" like "Street Survivors" of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Because like that album, the Beach Boys delivered another song selection and running order when they presented this album for the first time to Warner Bros. Even their second attempt was rejected. Songs that were not included on the final version were; "Walkin'", "Games Two Can Play", "When Girls Get Together", "Back Home","Fallin' in Love", "I Just Got My Pay", "Carnival", "Susie Cincinnati", "Good Time" and "Take a Load of Your Feet, Pete". I know, a lot of those songs appeared on later albums or box sets but still ... this release is not what it could have been.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2012 17:24:56 BDT
Hawk says:
Yes, i agree with what you say. When I first saw this series of re releases I was very excited but these later releases (Surfs up/Sunflower) don't seem to add anything to what we already have. Another great opportunity lost.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 09:40:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Feb 2013 09:43:18 GMT
L J Thomson says:
You won't get 'much' more with the limits imposed by out-of-date 1970's digital technology! I'm talking about 'Red Book' CD with 16 bits, that was designed at that low resolution level in 1978 for video pictures, not sound! If you REALLY want to hear the sonic improvement made by the use of the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES on these two albums, you will need to buy the 2009 vinyl issues as they were cut directly from the Hi-Res digital transfer of those said tapes, without any limiting. Whilst they are significantly better than the 2001 CD's, I haven't yet heard the same transfer compressed down to 16 bit, but somehow from my recent experience of rediscoverng the superiority of LP over CD, I reckon that has got to be the issue here.

Having said all that, even with the advantages of the use of the original tapes (apparently for the first time ever), these Lp's do not sound anywhere near as good as the 1970/71 masters on LP. The original pressings trash the new ones. As far as I can tell that only means one thing: with all the so-called improvements in technology over the past 40 years, we are only going BACKWARDS!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 22:05:37 BDT
sydfloyd says:
Indeed - any vinyl mastered from digital tapes is a total waste of time compared to the all-analogue originals. You can actually achieve better sound quality by making a vinyl-to-digital transfer!
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