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Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2
Surfer Girl/Shut Down, Vol. 2

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Manufacturer: Capitol
Publisher: Capitol
Artist(s): The Beach Boys

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Product Description:
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Beach Boys, The
EAN: 0724353151522
Format: Extra tracks
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Capitol
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Capitol
MPN: CDEMI31515
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Capitol
Release Date: 2001-03-12
Studio: Capitol
Editorial Review:
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.
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
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