“Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1962Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Murry Wilson was father to Dennis (17, drums, backing vocals), Carl (15, lead guitar, vocals), Brian (20, bass, organ, vocals) and Uncle to Mike Love (21, vocals). With the combination of his managerial drive and the ability of his boys, it was no great surprise that things were really starting to happen for the Californian 5-piece, David Marks (13, rhythm guitar, vocals) being the family-friend who completed the exceptionally young line-up for the debut LP. With both “Surfin’ Safari” and “409” having become hits (the former reaching US number 14), Capitol Records sanctioned a full album. It’s a bit of a bash ’em out affair and that probably works in its favour; clearly it’s not designed to be microscopically analyzed by the beatnik fraternity. This is the soundtrack for the Surfer boys and the party chicks. The band showcases its’ love for doo-wop and Rock n Roll, and wrap it up in the all-new “surf rock” sound of the day. Their irreverence is to the fore, with much aping of the ba-ba-dip-dirip-dirip, plenty of cuckoo-clucking and much hound-howling. They’ve yet to perfect it like Dick Dale… but they’re getting there… and it’s a decent start…

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A1 [02:05] 7.2.png The Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:15] 5.7.png The Beach Boys - County Fair (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [01:26] 4.9.png The Beach Boys - Ten Little Indians (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Pop
A4 [01:59] 5.1.png The Beach Boys - Chug-A-Lug (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Gary Usher) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [02:04] 4.7.png The Beach Boys - Little Girl (You’re My Miss America) (Herb Alpert, Vincent Catalano) Pop
A6 [01:59] 7.0.png The Beach Boys - 409 (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B1 [02:10] 6.7.png The Beach Boys - Surfin’ [1962 version] (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [02:17] 6.4.png The Beach Boys - Heads You Win - Tails I Lose (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:09] 6.7.png The Beach Boys - Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B4 [02:08] 5.0.png The Beach Boys - Cuckoo Clock (Brian Wilson, Gary Usher) Pop
B5 [02:00] 7.4.png The Beach Boys - Moon Dawg (Derry Weaver) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B6 [01:52] 5.8.png The Beach Boys - The Shift (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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