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.