The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
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Based on 4 reviews
1971 Ratings: #73 / 105
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Based on 142 ratings
1971 Ratings: #21
August 30, 1971 / Release Date
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The record that is known as the final truly great Beach Boys record, and it truly is as great as everyone says it is.

The Beach Boys' Surf's Up is an undeniable classic, and one of their greatest albums. But even saying that, I don't really get all the hype around it. I mean, it's definitely a great album, but seeing that this is usually heralded as just as great as Pet Sounds, which it really isn't, just rubs me the wrong way. This album is filled with some of the greatest songs in The Beach ... read more
Ok, this is better than Pet Sounds. I actually really like this one. The songs are way more distinct here, making them far more memorable. I still think that it's a tiny bit overrated, but not by much at all. Like, this is still a great album. Also, while I love the album cover, I was somehow expecting an album much darker than what it actually is. Not that I'm disappointed, it just shows that a shouldn't judge something by its cover.
I just love how this album sounds. If “Ocean Rock” was a genre this is exactly what it would sound like. It’s chockfull of fantastic, moody songs, but what stops it from becoming a full on masterpiece are sillier songs that pop up on occasion by the likes of “Take a Load off Your Feet” (which is still a decent song, just doesn’t fit the album) and “Student Demonstration Time” which is an abomiantion of a rock tune and a miserable attempt to create ... read more
The boys get a little moodier, the other Beach Boys album that is in constant rotation.

Fantastic album art
Surf's Up's first half promises a perfect classic, while the second half struggles to make good on that promise.

Don't Go Near the Water is such a fantastic opening track for Surf's Up. It's a bluesy upbeat track that ends on such a sweet note, it feels like a good night kiss, and the album has just begun. Long Promised Road is also excellent, bringing such a punchy chorus and classic rock feel. If you're a fan of classic rock, the vocals on this track will really tickle your fancy.

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Track List

  1. Don't Go Near the Water
  2. Long Promised Road
  3. Take a Load Off Your Feet
  4. Disney Girls (1957)
  5. Student Demonstration Time
  6. Feel Flows
  7. Lookin' at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
  8. A Day in the Life of a Tree
  9. 'Til I Die
  10. Surf's Up
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Added on: March 16, 2013