RELEASE
March 25, 1963
LABEL
Capitol
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Surf, Rock & Roll, Early Pop/Rock, Sunshine Pop

Album Review

The real breakthrough, as Brian Wilson asserts himself in the studio as both songwriter and arranger on a set of material that was much stronger than Surfin' Safari. Besides the hit title track and its popular drag-racing flip side ("Shut Down"), this has a lovely, heartbreaking ballad ("Lonely Sea") and a couple of strong Brian Wilson originals ("The Noble Surfer" and "Farmer's Daughter"). There are also a surprisingly high quotient of instrumentals (five) that demonstrate that, before session musicians took over most of the parts, the Beach Boys could play respectably gutsy surf rock as a self-contained unit. Indeed, the album as a whole is the best they would make, prior to the late '60s, as a band that played most of their instruments, rather than as a vehicle for Brian Wilson's ideas. The LP was a huge hit, vital to launching surf music as a national craze, and one of the few truly strong records to be recorded by a self-contained American rock band prior to the British Invasion. [Surfin' Safari/Surfin' U.S.A, a Capitol two-fer CD, combines this and Surfin' Safari onto one disc, with the addition of three rare bonus cuts from the same era.]
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Surfin' U.S.A.http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Farmer's Daughterhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Misirlouhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Stokedhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Lonely Seahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Shut Downhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Noble Surferhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Honky Tonkhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Lanahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Surf Jamhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Let's Go Trippin'http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Finders Keepershttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fsurfin-usa-2001-remaster%252Fid716270680%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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