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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 andChuck Berrylicks) were produced on these initial releases by the A&R exec who signed them, Nik Venet. But ifBrian Wilson's production genius was yet untapped, his songwriting knack, trademark arrangements, and soaring falsetto were already coming to the fore, even onSurfin' 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' USAboth 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 theOlympics' "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
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Label:  Capitol
ArtistThe Beach Boys
Release Date:  March 13, 2001
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review by . December 01, 2002
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This release combines the first two Beach Boys records. Its amazing listening to the origin of rdck music from the early sixties. All these songs were not much longer than two minutes. Nonetheless, for its time there are some creative lyrics and vocal harmonies. I've always loved Surfin' USA and Surfin'Safari and Shut Down are pretty cute too. The Beach Boys version of Summertime Blues works nicely and Farmers Daughter, Little Miss America, and Lonely Sea are pretty catchy as well. The later fits …
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