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Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2 [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The Beach BoysAudio 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 (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005A1MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Surfer Girl
2. Catch A Wave
3. Surfer Moon, The
4. South Bay Surfer
5. Rocking Surfer, The
6. Little Deuce Coupe
7. In My Room
8. Hawaii
9. Surfers Rule
10. Our Car Club
11. Your Summer Dream
12. Boogie Woodie
13. Fun Fun Fun
14. Don't Worry Baby
15. In the Parking Lot
16. "Cassius" Love Vs. "Sonny" Wilson
17. Warmth Of The Sun, The
18. This Car Of Mine
19. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
20. Pom Pom Play Girl
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Surfer Girl may have been the band's third album release, but it was the first to bear the imprimatur of founder and creative mainstay Brian Wilson as producer, and the difference is palpable from the confident opening tracks onward. That one-two combo, "Surfer Girl" and "Catch a Wave," also effectively serves as the blueprint for much of the Beach Boys' subsequent sound. On the former, Wilson's falsetto soars over a tender, yet musically sophisticated, ballad, while the latter features Mike Love's trademark twang urgently proselytizing SoCal surf, both over band harmonies that seemed to grow tighter and more adventurous with every cut. That artistic axis is revisited yet again on "Little Deuce Coupe" and "In My Room," the latter ballad showcasing Wilson's full artistic arsenal and giving an early glimpse into his introspective soul. The curiously titled "Shut Down, Part II" (a de facto sequel to an earlier hit EP) sought to further the band beyond its ironic sea-and-sun fetish (none but Dennis Wilson ever surfed) into the burgeoning hot-rod subculture as well. The results were understandably uneven, but the high points remain nothing short of spectacular, including the Love-propelled "Fun, Fun, Fun," Wilson's knowing nod to Phil Spector, "Don't Worry Baby," and the underrated "The Warmth of the Sun." Bonus cuts include the single mix of "Fun, Fun, Fun," a German-language version of "In My Room," and the previously unreleased, largely experimental "I Do" by Wilson and Love. Brian offers up a brief commentary on both albums in the notes, while David Leaf (author of the pioneering bio The Beach Boys and the California Myth) documents the music track-by-track. --Jerry McCulley

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Their 1963 chart-topper (#7) and their car-crazy release from 1964 on 27-track extravaganza! A single version of Fun, Fun, Fun , a German version of In My Room and I Do are the bonus tracks.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cool Beach Boy Two-Fer April 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Here's another wonderful two-fer from the Beach Boys. Murray Wilson (Brian, Dennis, and Carl's father) was still the tyrant in the studio which may have slowed Brian's amazing development as a producer. Still, his songwriting was maturing very rapidly, while still keeping the "Fun Fun Fun" aspects commercial.
"Surfer Girl" is the stronger album of the two, with "In My Room" showing Brian's sanctuary away from the world even if Gary Usher wrote the lyrics. There's also the title cut, "Little Deuce Coupe", "Catch A Wave" (which Jan and Dean would steal the music for "Sidewalk Surfin"), and others. Marvelous.
"Shut Down Volume 2" has two of the finest songs to come out of the "60's, "Don't Worry Baby" and "The Warmth Of The Sun". "Fun Fun Fun" is pretty nifty, too.
The bonus tracks are cool, too. And a personal note to one of the reviewers; check out the last two tracks on the CD which both have intros that are NOT on the 1990 reissue. They're remixed better, too (in stereo and not mono). When the last song "I Do" is over, wait about 20 seconds and you'll get a nice little bonus of some acappella singing that also is not on the 1990 reissue.
If you have the 1990 reissue, check out the songwriting credits and compare them to this version. It's very enlightening.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Brian Brilliance, Some Filler March 19, 2001
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In the early 1960's, Capitol Records was forcing 3 or 4 albums a year from Brian and the Boys, so there is some inevitable filler amidst brilliance such as "Surfer Girl", "Catch A Wave", "In My Room", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Don't Worry, Baby", and "The Warmth of the Sun." In fact, the tunes on this CD are either great or filler, very little mediocrity.
Great songs on this two-fer which are not on the greatest hits cds would be underrated gems such as "Hawaii", the gorgeous Brian solo ballad, "Your Summer Dream", and the anthemic "In The Parkin' Lot." Dennis Wilson (the only BB who actually surfed) gets to sing lead on the rockin' "Surfer's Rule", which lays down a lyrical challenge in its coda to the then hugely popular Four Seasons. "I Do" is an expansion of "County Fair" from the Surfin' Safari album. It has some of the most romantic lyrics of any Beach Boys song. "The Surfer Moon" is lyrically silly but, musically, an interesting ballad which features Brian duetting with himself. At this point, Brian was singing all the ballads and letting Mike Love sing all the uptempo hits. Dennis, like Ringo Starr in The Beatles, would be given an album track to sing on almost every album.
Throwaway tunes here would be sophomoric fluff like "South Bay Surfer", and the instrumentals ("The Rockin' Surfer", "Boogie Woodie", "Shut Down, Pt. 2", and "Denny's Drums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, Back Again (Good As New!) February 28, 2007
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It's easy after all these years to forget the brilliance of Brian Wilson's vision. These two albums gave the first hint of just how bold that vision was, how far it might go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian's genius starts here January 29, 2007
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The oldest Wilson's talent is already peeking through the clouds on Surfer Moon, Warmth Of The Sun, Keep An Eye On Summer. They are all worth the price of admission for this cd, it's worth sitting through the filler for these 3 masterpieces of surf angst.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fun, Fun, Fun Years March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Surfer Girl had been Brian's first ballad composition back in 1961, inspired by When You Wish Upon A Star. Perhaps he waited until he and the band could do it justice before committing it to record. If so, he timed it just right as it is a classic early Beach Boys performance. In My Room, wasted as a B-side, is an equally evocative song featuring a lead vocal from Brian, Mike Love now featuring mainly on the more up-tempo material. They both share lead on the embarrassing South Bay Surfer, a rewrite of Swanee River, and an all-time low point, and Dennis' obligatory lead is on Surfers Rule. The album closer is an instrumental called Boogie Woodie that features some intense boogie woogie piano from Brian on an arrangement of The Flight Of The Bumblebee.

According to the liner notes the double-sided single Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe was recorded on 12 June 1963 and the other 10 tracks that make up the album Surfer Girl were entirely recorded at Western Studios in Hollywood on 16 July 1963; quite a feat. Some of the tracks are quite throwaway, but others such as Catch A Wave and The Surfer Moon, which features a string arrangement, seem to be the result of a lot of care and craft to achieve a tight sound, and indicate considerable musical growth and maturity on the part of Brian Wilson and the group. In the Track-By-Track notes for Our Car Club it states that as Chuck Britz did not engineer the track, as per normal, it "was probably cut at Gold Star with Larry Levine at the dials", calling into question the accuracy of both studio and date information as given.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected.
Just saw the "Boys" in concert and brought back so many memories had to complete my collection. Great Music never dies!
Published 11 months ago by Robert T.
5.0 out of 5 stars surfing
Great songs. You can start to hear the Brian Wilson that we all love coming out here. Even at the start he was writing some beautiful pieces
Published 16 months ago by Nicholas
3.0 out of 5 stars Half fantastically remarkable, half meh
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 18 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars prebeatles pop
this is wonderful music from the signature group who dominated the scene of american pop prior to the english invasion. its all about cars surfing and girls. cant be bad!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by elyard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beach Boys are surfin and drivin
The Beach Boys/ Surfer Girl & Shut Down Volume 2 (Capitol/Brother - two albums on one CD). It is a bit of a head scratcher why they didn't pair up the `Little Deuce Coupe' album... Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
What a unique sound. Tracks like Little Deuce Coupe, Little Surfer Girl, Fun fun Fun are irreplaceable. They create a great sense of freedom and fun. Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by rockromantic
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Surf Albums and some Car songs
Interesting pairing of albums/CD's. Surfer Girl was the last of their surf themed albums, but what a great one. They had matured musically quite a bit by this time and it shows. Read more
Published on January 31, 2008 by MarvsC61
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Albulms
Surfer Girl is really a great piece of work. Brian Wilson did a great job in the composition of the songs and they sound great in stereo ( In Sounds of Summer you only get these... Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by A. Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars The songs are great , the quality is great and the booklet's great!
This Album Was About The Tenth Album They Ever Released. Shut Down Volume 2 was actually the 5th album they ever released and Surfer Girl the third about. Read more
Published on January 2, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Two early classics full of surf and car songs
This twofer pairs the third and fifth albums recorded by the Beach Boys. Their fourth album, a themed collection of car songs, contains four songs (including the title track)... Read more
Published on April 8, 2005 by Peter Durward Harris
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