“Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1963Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The Beach Boys message continues loud and clear on their second LP of 1963… “Catch a wave you’ll be sittin’ on top of the world”… I wonder if they sold many in Rochdale? Brian Wilson takes full control at the production helm – as he would do for the next 8 albums. Notably, “Surfer Moon” becomes the first Beach Boys tune to add strings. As the phrase goes, “today’s small acorns are tomorrow’s mighty oaks”. The highlights are the rollicking rollers – Stephen Foster’s “Old Folks at Home” (also known as “Swanee Ribber” or “Suwannee River”) gets reinvented as a hand-clapping honky-tonk stomper in “South Bay Surfer”, whilst “Little Deuce Coupe” encapsulates all that they’ve building towards thus far – R n B with delicious vocal harmonizing resulting in an all new, all pure Beach-Boys-if-ication. Elsewhere, the band continue to pull at the emo strings with quite a few ballads, even getting a little introspective with (the well received by many) “In My Room”.

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A1 [02:26] 5.4.png The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl (Brian Wilson) Rock n Roll Ballad
A2 [02:07] 6.3.png The Beach Boys - Catch A Wave (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
A3 [02:11] 5.6.png The Beach Boys - The Surfer Moon (Brian Wilson) Rock n Roll Ballad
A4 [01:45] 8.7.png The Beach Boys - South Bay Surfer (The Old Folks At Home) (Stephen Collins Foster, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [02:00] 6.2.png The Beach Boys - The Rocking Surfer (Traditional) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A6 [01:38] 9.7.png The Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:11] 6.6.png The Beach Boys - In My Room (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Pop Ballad
B2 [01:59] 5.7.png The Beach Boys - Hawaii (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
B3 [01:54] 5.4.png The Beach Boys - Surfer’s Rule (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [02:22] 6.7.png The Beach Boys - Our Car Club (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Pop
B5 [02:27] 4.8.png The Beach Boys - Your Summer Dream (Brian Wilson, Bob Norberg) Pop Ballad
B6 [01:56] 5.2.png The Beach Boys - Boogie Woodie (Traditional) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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