- Released: July 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Capitol
Rolling Stone - 8/31/00, p.734 stars out of 5
- "...On-par tunes and productions...strikingly unified....ranking among the band's most heartfelt achievements..."
Entertainment Weekly - 8/11/00, pp.78-9
"...There aren't many who won't want [this]...bearing several of Brian's post-PET SOUNDS mini-masterpieces..." - Rating: B+
Q - 9/00, pp.118-95 stars out of 5
- "...SUNFLOWER is an absolute delight...[they] minted a sound that managed to stride into fresh pastures, but retain the qualities...that had long been their calling card....SURF'S UP ups the ante even further...the sun-kissed psychedelia belatedly reaches full bloom..."
Melody Maker - 9/12/00, p.514 stars out of 5
- "...Classic symphonic pop mixed confusingly in with naive green politics. Buy PET SOUNDS first, then consider this classic pair of 1970/1 albums."
- 1.Slip On Through
- 2.This Whole World
- 3.Add Some Music To Your Day
- 4.Got To Know The Woman
- 6.It's About Time
- 7.Tears In The Morning
- 8.All I Wanna Do
- 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
- 17.Student Demonstration Time
- 18.Feel Flows
- 19.Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
- 20.Day In The Life Of A Tree
- 21.Til I Die
- 22.Surf's Up
2 LPs on 1 CD: SUNFLOWER (1970)/SURF'S UP (1971).
The Beach Boys: Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston.
Includes liner notes by Timothy White.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The Beach Boys: Brian Wilson (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Carl Wilson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Al Jardine (vocals, guitar, bass instrument); Mike Love (vocals, saxophone); Dennis Wilson (vocals, drums); Bruce Johnstone (vocals).
Personnel: Jack Rieley (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Stephen W. Desper.
Liner Note Author: Timothy White .
Recording information: Brother Records.
Photographer: Ed Thrasher.
Mike Love has worn down the Beach Boys' cars-and-surf sound into empty exercises in nostalgia while Brian Wilson based his reputation among the rock intelligentsia almost entirely upon PET SOUNDS and the unreleased SMILE. Nevertheless, there are many Beach Boys cultists who feel that SUNFLOWER and SURF'S UP are the band's finest work.
Released in 1970 and '71 as the first products of their new Brother Records deal with Warner Brothers, whose commercial and artistic expectations were much different than the group had experienced at Capitol, these are relaxed, confident records with a progressive, experimental edge. While there's some missteps--Love's "Student Demonstration Time" is possibly the band's worst song ever--the high points are exquisite. Bruce Johnston's "Disney Girls," Carl Wilson's "Don't Go Near the Water," and Brian's "Til I Die," "Cool Cool Water" and the astonishing SMILE outtake "Surf's Up" are among the band's very finest songs.