The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl (1963/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 25:55 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Capitol Records
Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Surfer Girl is presented here in stereo.
The stereo editions of Surfer Girl were originally mixed in stereo by their own preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group’s supervision.
“Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions — evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck’s skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own — but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market,” says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys’ archivist.
Surfer Girl was the third album by The Beach Boys and was originally produced by Brian Wilson on his own. The album featured numerous hits, including the title track, “Catch A Wave,” “In My Room,” “Hawaii,” “Our Car Club,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Your Summer Dream,” and more.
Capitol pushed the Beach Boys for too much material in too short a time for the group to maintain as much quality control as would have been desirable. Consequently, most of their pre-1965 albums contain a high degree of filler, and thus stack up poorly next to those of such contemporaries as the Beatles, who were able to maintain high standards on almost all of their tracks. Surfer Girl does have some great tunes, including the title song, the hot rod ditty “Little Deuce Coupe,” and “Catch a Wave” (which could have been a substantial hit single on its own merits). Most significant of all is the gorgeous ballad “In My Room,” which anticipated future Beach Boys releases both in its sophisticated production (strings, organ, dense harmonies) and its personal, solipsistic lyrics. The rest is surprisingly mediocre filler, especially as at this point they were restricting their lyrical themes to beach culture almost exclusively; “Your Summer Dream,” with its unusual harmonies, is about the most interesting of the obscure tracks. If you’re not a dedicated Beach Boys fan, though, you should pass, as you can find the first-rate tracks on best-of anthologies. -AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
1. Surfer Girl 02:30
2. Catch A Wave 02:11
3. The Surfer Moon 02:15
4. South Bay Surfer 01:48
5. Rocking Surfer 02:03
6. Little Deuce Coupe 01:43
7. In My Room 02:16
8. Hawaii 02:03
9. Surfer’s Rule 01:59
10. Our Car Club 02:27
11. Your Summer Dream 02:31
12. Boogie Woodie 02:09
Al Jardine – backing and harmony vocals; bass guitar; hand claps
Mike Love – lead, backing and harmony vocals; hand claps
David Marks – rhythm guitar; hand claps
Brian Wilson – lead, backing and harmony vocals; bass guitar; piano, organ; hand claps
Carl Wilson – backing and harmony vocals; lead guitar, bass guitar; hand claps
Dennis Wilson – lead, backing and harmony vocals; drums, hand claps
Hal Blaine – drums, percussion
Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone
Maureen Love – harp