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Sunflower/Surf's Up

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Released for the first time on CD, Sunflower and Surf's Up (from 1970 and 1971 respectively) represent not only good value for money but also fit together seamlessly. This is certainly helped by the one album ending with the luxuriant 'Cool, Cool Water' and the next beginning with the more cautionary 'Don't Go Near The Water'. Granted neither of these albums consistently reach the highs of 'Pet Sounds' but matching such a revolutionary album would be a virtually impossible task. However, the listener will still rewarded with beautifully-arranged harmonies ringing in their ears. Special mention is merited for the star vocal turns from a yearning Bruce Johnston on 'Deirdre' and 'Tears In The Morning' from Sunflower and the tender timbre of Carl Wilson as he leads 'Long Promised Road' and 'Feel Flows' into an ecstatic dreamland. There have to be marks deducted for overly-macho brother Dennis whose 'Got To Know The Woman' represents something of a career nadir for the group; although teaming up with Status Quo later in their career would probably take that mantle. Those quirks aside the likes of 'Til I Die', 'All I Wanna Do', the almost Carpenter-esque 'Disney Girls' and 'Add Some Music To Your Day' prove that over 30 years on and still musicians try so hard and frequently fail to emulate this great music.
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01 Slip On Through
02 This Whole World
03 Add Some Music To Your Day
04 Got To Know The Woman
05 Deirdre
06 It's About Time
07 Tears In The Morning
08 All I Wanna Do
09 Forever
10 Our Sweet Love
11 At My Window
12 Cool, Cool Water
13 Don't Go Near The Water
14 Long Promised Road
15 Take A Load Off Your Feet
16 Disney Girls (1957)
17 Student Demonstration Time
18 Feel Flows
19 Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
20 A Day In The Life Of A Tree
Standout Track 'Til I Die
22 Surf's Up

Standout Track = Standout Track

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