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There was a record store in HB (on Warner) called Jeremiah McCain's that was very influential in making me the rabid rock and roll fan that I am today. In 1974 I was into Genesis, Gentle Giant, Van de Graaf Generator--stuff like that. What we used to call progressive. I was in this store one day and the craaazy hippie (who was neither crazy nor a hippie as it turned out, he was just playing his part with alacrity and verve, but that's a story for another day.) Handed me a sealed copy of this out of the cutout bin.
"This is a progressive record" he said. "Get outta town" I rejoindered in my best hipcat cool. It was a cutout, (for those of you not acquainted with vinyl, record companies would reduce excess inventory by slicing the corner off the cover, or punching a notch or sometimes drilling a hole in the cover--cutouts were dirt cheap, remaindered albums, and the last stop before being reground into budget release Vic Damone retrospectives. The price was 88 cents. What did I have to lose?)
Now I knew all about the Boys, and the Gremmies and the HoDads and all that stuff, although not a surfer personally (no talent for it at all) I am solidly a product of the surf culture. I hung at the Magic Mushroom and ordered my strips and cheese cooked soft.Read more ›
It was a long slow process but this is the album that started to turn the depth of my appreciation for the Beach Boys around. Like most all of their albums there are a few songs on Surf's Up I don't care for but there are more that are as good as any. One, "Surf's Up" is a masterpiece. The album is worth buying for that song alone. Brian Wilson's much deserved fame as a composer, arranger and producer aside, listen to his voice on the song "Surf's Up" as he sings the phrase that starts "I heard the word, wonderful thing". There is nothing in music more beautiful.
Carl Wilson is a significant contributor to the Beach Boys genius and his Feel Flow is one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. Cameron Crow used it to good effect in his movie "Almost Famous" but mysteriously left it off of the soundtrack. "Long Promised Road" is another good song. "Until I Die" is almost too painful to listen to knowing the emotional pain Brian was going through when he wrote it.
As my musical tastes expanded to include more Classical and Jazz the fact I was always on the look out for good Beach Boys compilations finally forced me to acknowledge what my heart and soul had known for so long, The Beach Boys may well be the music looked back on by future generations as some of, if not the best of the late 20th Century, or any other century for that matter.
I am a HUGE fan of 311, if they werent on this album, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad that I did. I was surprised that the 311 track didn't even end up being my favorite track. My favorite actually was the Dirty Heads track "Stand Tall." This si an awesome song with plenty of styles and genre's mixed into it.
As for the 311 song, it is a cover of a Toots song (I believe) and it is executed fairly well. My only gripe was the mention of the movie's characters within the song. Its nothing to big, but it sort of ruins the magic of the song, and makes it feel more commercialized. Thats not to say it isn't great, which it certainly is, it jsut feels a little forced.
In the end, its about the music, The new Sugar Ray track is also great, as long as all the classics that you love to hear and missed, or missed out on when they came around the first time (Radicals, Romantics, Big Nose, Pearl Jam, etc.)
Overall, great selections, but if your not a fan of any of the bands, I'd wait until it reaches the bargain section of a local CD store. But if you like 311, Sugar Ray, The Dirty Heads, and anyone else on this CD, buy it, because you will most likely love the rest of the album as well.
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Reissue of itself rerecorded from scratch Greatest Hits and Similar Songs type album. A more mature set of readings, not as high-pitched/keyed as the originals. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by t2
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Not the 60's hits, but great music anyway. Musically it is a re-issue of Silver Summer. Beautiful cover art by Dean.Published on May 15, 2012 by prose
The music is OK but we were hoping it would be more of a "mellow" group of songs. There are a lot of harder sounding songs rather than the "Jack Johnson" sound we were looking... Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by hawaiianbird
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