Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2 Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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"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.
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.Read more ›
The first album here, Surfer girl, yielded the double-sided American hit featuring the title track and Little deuce coupe, plus a further American hit, In my room. The second album here, Shut down volume 2, yielded two further American hits, Fun fun fun (though the album version differs slightly from the single version, added as a bonus track to this twofer) and Don't worry baby. None of these songs charted in Britain, which was gripped by Beatle mania at the time. However, Brits eventually came to love the music of the Beach Boys and these songs are now regarded as classics on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Surfer girl album is the stronger of the two albums here, with seven of the twelve songs being surfing music, of which I particularly like the title track, Hawaii and Catch a wave. Shut down volume 2 starts strongly with the two American hits and contains another outstanding track (Warmth of the sun) and covers of Why do fools fall in love and Louie Louie It is a fine album in its own way but not quite as strong overall as Surger girl.
Three bonus tracks include the single version of Fun fun fun, a version of In my room recorded in German and a previously unreleased recording of a song, I do, that the Beach Boys wrote for the Castells.
If you enjoy the early music of the Beach Boys, you will find plenty to get excited about here.
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.Read more ›
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