The Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari (1962) MONO [APO Remaster 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 24:26 minutes | Scans included | 1.0 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 443 MB
The Beach Boys’ debut album, recorded in an era in which little was expected of rock groups in the way of strong LP-length statements, is mostly thin and awkward in both the songwriting and production departments. The title track, their first true smash, is great, as is its flip side (“409”), which was not only a hit in its own right, but was the first vocal hot rod classic. “Surfin’,” their debut single (and small national hit), is also good, and one of the few Beach Boys tracks that could be said to have a garage-like quality. Unfortunately, most of the other cuts (most of which are group originals) are substandard ditties, as Brian Wilson had a way to go before honing his compositional genius. It does, however, afford a glimpse of the group as they sounded when they were a true band in the studio, before most of their parts were played by session musicians.
01. Surfin’ Safari
02. County Fair
03. Ten Little Indians
05. Little Girl (You’re My Miss America)
08. Heads You Win – Tails I Lose
09. Summertime Blues
10. Cuckoo Clock
11. Moon Dawg
12. The Shift
Mastered fo this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.