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

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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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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Keep An Eye On Summer
  22. Shut Down Part 2
  23. Louie Louie
  24. Denny's Drums - (mono)
  25. Fun, Fun, Fun - (mono, bonus track, single version)
  26. In My Room - (bonus track, German version)
  27. I Do - (bonus track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005A1MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Peterson on 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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I was a Beach Boys buff way, way back, even in the days JFK was president. I was about 10 at the time. Surfer Girl was recorded and released in 1963. Hard to believe, this record holds up so well over 53 years. I don't think I've heard this entire album, or Shut Down II, for at least 40 years! The ballads here are really incredible. True, I've always liked "In My Room", but now I think all four of these ballads sound terrific, especially "Surfer Moon". There is nary a dud here. Now, I can really appreciate what a great album this is, not to mention that these guys were still in high school or college age way back when. Also, "South Bay Surfer", a real rocker, not among their better known tunes, and sung by Dennis. Great linear notes too. Shut Down does have some filler, including a tepid "Louie Louie" though at least the lyrics are fairly understandable. Brian's falsettas in "Don't Worry Baby", and "Warmth of the Sun" are still amazing, as are the harmonies on all the tunes. Especially like the less known "In the Parking Lot", and "Pom Pom Playgirl." A great 2-fer, and it compares with any other rock alums of that or any era extremely well!
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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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This is The Beach Boys, so I'm not going to review the music as most likely you already know the music and love it. I am reviewing the quality of the mastering on the Surfer Girl / Shut Down Vol. 2 "Twofer" CD. I have to say, for CD, it's very good but far from perfect. I also have Surfer Girl on on vinyl and SACD re-mastered by Kevin Gray and released by Analogue Productions. I have Shut Down Vol. 2 on vinyl also re-mastered by Kevin Gray and released by Analogue Productions. I did a A/B comparison to Surfer Girl on the HDCD to the recent Analog Productions SACD. The first thing I noticed is the HDCD version is a little overly bright and the vocals are a little un-natural. The new HDCD is also a tad louder (Louder is NEVER better, it means compression/limiting has been added). The SACD is more natural and warmer sounding. Most, if not all, mastering engineers will tell you is the only way to get the actual sound of the master tape into your home is SACD (or DSD but I don't do downloads). If you are not picky about sound quality, These 2-fer CDs are a great value and don't sound that bad. If you are looking for the best sound, the SACD (even the CD layer of the SACD) and vinyl from Analogue Productions, mastered by Kevin Gray sounds far better and represents what is on the master tape. Plus you also get the MONO version as well on the Analogue Production SACDs. I will personally be purchasing the entire Beach Boys' catalog on SACD from Analogue Producions.
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