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Surfin' Safari / Surfin' USA [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: B00005A1MT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Surfin' Safari - (mono)
2. County Fair - (mono)
3. Ten Little Indians - (mono)
4. Chug-a-Lug - (mono)
5. Little Girl (You're My Miss America) - (mono)
6. 409 - (mono)
7. Surfin' - (mono)
8. Heads You Win Tails I Lose - (mono)
9. Summertime Blues - (mono)
10. Cuckoo Clock - (mono)
11. Moon Dawg - (mono)
12. Shift, The - (mono)
13. Surfin' U. S. A. - (stereo)
14. Farmer's Daughter - (stereo)
15. Misirlou - (stereo)
16. Stoked - (stereo)
17. Lonely Sea - (stereo)
18. Shut Down - (stereo)
19. Noble Surfer - (stereo)
20. Honky Tonk - (stereo)
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Editorial Reviews

Seeking to Capitol-ize on their local L.A. indie-label novelty hit, "Surfin'," the Beach Boys and their nascent sound (tales of innocent SoCal hedonism set to equal parts doo-wop vocal influences and Chuck Berry licks) were produced on these initial releases by the A&R exec who signed them, Nik Venet. But if Brian Wilson's production genius was yet untapped, his songwriting knack, trademark arrangements, and soaring falsetto were already coming to the fore, even on Surfin' Safari, the band's hastily recorded, low-budget debut album--"Surfin'," "Surfin' Safari," and "409" are ample testament to his hitmeister potential. Released just five months later, Surfin' USA both insured the band's national appeal and testified to the rapid development of their harmonies on cuts such as "Farmer's Daughter" and "Lana." The band sounds more confident throughout, and Wilson hints at the greatness to come with the moody ballad "The Lonely Sea." The flip side to Wilson's fragile emotionalism is, of course, Mike Love's nasal, fun-seeking twang; those voices revolving--often tensely--around a hub of incomparable harmony became one of rock's most indelible archetypes. These are the humble, charmingly awkward beginnings of that legend. Three unreleased bonus cuts are also featured: "Cindy, Oh Cindy," "The Baker Man" (a nursery rhyme take on the Olympics' "Hully Gully"), and the nautical "Land Ahoy." The latter two tracks are notable as Brian's official producing debut. This twofer edition features comments by Brian and the astute liner notes of music historian David Leaf. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

The 'Boys' first two charting albums, from 1962 and 1963, respectively!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Beach Boys all began January 18, 2007
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Again, it is wonderful to have these classic LP's re-mastered with the sound fresh and vibrant, minus all of the snap, crackle, and pop of an old record. When you listen to these CD's you are reminded that these guys started off as a bunch of fresh-faced, young high school boys. Basically a super-talented local garage band that rented equipment to make a demo. They came from a musically talented family, but no one then knew exactly what a genius Brian Wilson would ultimately turn out to be. In addition to the hit singles, you will recognize there are some songs that are slightly rough musically & vocally. But the potential is clear and the talent shines through the immaturity. With every new album they made you could hear the quantum leaps they were making in musical maturity. It is fun to remember where their journey began back in the early 60's, and it is a reminder to all of us that were fortunate to grow up in So. California back then, of great times past. Get it as an essential part of your collection and fondly remember.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's go surfing now February 6, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
As is typical for albums released about this time, their souls were owned by the record company. They had little creative control, and wouldn't for a few albums. So the results of this debut album are predictably sketchy. The album was rushed out REALLY fast, recorded very quickly with whatever songs the group happened to have lying around in their songbooks, plus a single or two. As you could imagine, the album is thus really inconsistent, with just a few indicators of their genius for singing and crafting melodies. As you would expect, the singles are the best songs here. And one of them is totally classic. The opening "Surfin' Safari" is the ultimate surfing ode, loaded with great vocal hooks. Sure, it's naive, but it's fun! Another big single, "409," is also a fun, catchy, hook-filled song, this time about cars instead of surfing, and it's pretty good. The Boys' vocals on these tunes aren't as excellent as they got later, and most songs really don't even have vocal harmonies of any merit, but that's to be expected. Brian was still learning, and this album was slapped out quickly.
The other 9 songs that make up this album are mostly goofy novelty numbers. They all last about 2 minutes, have dumb lyrics, and sound pretty much the same. They aren't horrible, but they really don't have any reason to exist now that 1962 is long gone. Dated in the extreme. The highlight of this section is easily "Moon Dawg," which is a fun surf instrumental, and I've got a thing for fun surf instrumentals. I like "The Shift" too, which is a fun rock number. Elsewhere, though, mediocrity abounds.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In the beginning . . ." January 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There is something about listening to a band's first album that is quite revealing. Get and play "Please Please Me," then listen to "Let it Be." Or Get "Boy," then play "All That You Can't Leave Behind." Bands evolve, and bands grow, but with the first album there is a universe of possibilities. Some of these possibilities are abandoned, but some of the roads are taken and added upon. These albums give you a glimpse into the early work of the Beach Boys, and hear the different sound that Brian Wilson was experimenting around with.
There was a lively surf music scene, with Dick Dale and the Del Tones, the Ventures, and Jan and Arnie (later Jan and Dean). The Beach Boys started working in this genre as this disc indicates-Moon Dawg, The Shift, Surfin' Safari, Surfin' USA, and the two Dick Dale covers. But the Beach Boys had something different. Not quite a different sound, since they just had Chuck Berry rock and roll riffs combined with the Four Freshman harmonies. But you can feel the soul of their music, specifically Brian Wilson's soul shine through in tracks such as Cuckoo Clock and Farmers Daughter. And Lonely Sea is really the first "Pet Sounds" track, indicating the direction Brian Wilson could and did go.
Yes, music has progressed (somewhat) since these two LPS were recorded, and bands (some at least) have gotten better, but these tracks are engraved moments in time. You see the Beach Boys starting out as just another surf band, but with the seeds of something different. You get shadows of "Pet Sounds" with this music.
On the SURFIN' SAFARI album, there are several track of note. The first is "County Fair," which prefigures "Amusement Parks USA," which was a sideways tribute to "Palisades Parks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome re-issue of early Beach Boys albums. September 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What a pleasure to see the "twofer" (two albums on one disc plus bonus tracks) CDs available again! Having been issued in 1990 and very quickly deleted, the series of 8 "twofers" discs have recently reappeared. With the earlier disappearance of these albums I was sure I would never be able to complete my Beach Boys collection......but here they are! Make sure you don't miss out this time round as they are good value for money. The albums are probably more suitable for the keen fan but are, nevertheless, a valuable insight into the prolific song-writing of Brian Wilson and family. This disc, covering their first two albums SURFIN' SAFARI and SURFIN' USA, includes the hit "Surfin' USA". One little gem you'll come across is "Farmer's Daughter", a Wilson original, that was later covered by Fleetwood Mac. When you consider that at this stage only two members of the group were out of their teens, the harmonies are great - a sign of what was to follow. Yes, I am a fan of this stuff but this music re-creates an era when the only important things seemed to be sun, beach, surfing, girls and hot-rods.....and not necessarily in that order. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and drift down the California coastline with these tunes. Wonderful stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 hours ago by Patrick D.
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite is "Ten Little Indians
The Beach Boys first album. Aside from Surfin Safari and 409, my favorite is "Ten Little Indians."
Published 2 months ago by John S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great double album.
I use to have a 1964 chevy super sport "409" back in the day.Bought the CD just for that song alone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOEY C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfin 409
I have one other Beach Boys Album, but it does not have 409. I searched and found that this one does. It is a good album, and I love playing my 409. It is good.
Published 9 months ago by eslteacherbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost forgot how good it gets with The Beach Boys
Wow, I couldn't believe how refreshing it is to hear this first album in it's entirety! I always took it for granted but I find myself playing the lesser known songs like Chug a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Geeman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just what I hoped it would be
I am listening to it right now and enjoying it! I do like the Beach Boys after all these years
Published 15 months ago by Patricia R. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars The First One
Had to get the first one, right? The memories and music are great! Great CD, everything I expected, got them all now I think
Published 17 months ago by Robert T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Has some catchy songs on it but some that I couldn't quite get into. Still it is great to have to see the launch of what would become America's threat to the Beatles! : )
Published 22 months ago by Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Debut of an Iconic Rock Band
There were a couple of singles in the genre of surf rock that reached the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961, but it was not until the following year that the Beach... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eric Mayforth
3.0 out of 5 stars First two Beach Boy albums
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 23 months ago by Mike London
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