The Beach Boys - Sunflower



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The ultimate pressings of the Beach Boys discography from Analogue Productions!

Produced by the Beach Boys

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, most from the original master tapes or best sources available

Audio production — Mark Linett

For Brother Records — Elliott Lott

Hybrid Stereo SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players

"These are the best sounding and best-looking versions of the Beach Boys records that have ever been produced. We want everything about these to be better than the original." — Chad Kassem, owner and CEO, Acoustic Sounds

"During the tail end of The Beach Boys' time with Capitol and the beginning of their tenure with their own label, Brother Records, the group produced a string of acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums. Sunflower followed Smiley Smile and preceded the magnificent Surf's Up, and it afforded the other band members a chance to contribute tracks alongside Brian Wilson. It continued a run of eclectic releases noted for beauty and inventiveness, but the public simply didn't get it. Stand-out tracks include 'Cool, Cool Water' and 'Forever,' and the standard is high enough for it to figure in a number of 'All-Time Greatest Album' lists." — Sound Quality = 90% - Ken Kessler, HiFi News, April 2017

"What I can say is that Kevin Gray has been able to extract every last bit of information from whatever tape is in the box, and present it in a way that is pleasing and natural to the ear. ... in my opinion, the Analogue Productions pressings are now THE definitive issue of each Beach Boys album, and will be my reference copies until if and when something better comes along — which may be never." — Lee Dempsey, Endless Summer Quarterly, Summer 2015 Edition

A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, now presented on Hybrid Stereo SACD, these are awesome recordings to experience. 

The Beach Boys' practice of double-tracking their vocals really lends itself to stereo mixes. Split left and right, as they are on a lot of those early stereo versions, those doubled vocal parts can really envelop the listener, surrounding them with Wilsons, Loves and Jardines!

Sunflower is considered by most fans — and some of the Beach Boys themselves — to be their finest work after Pet Sounds. More so than any other Beach Boys album, it's a true group collaboration, with Carl Wilson overseeing the production and mixdowns. Brian Wilson himself was very involved in the creation of this album, which includes one of his most enduring compositions, "This Whole World," as well as an expansion of a fragment from the Smile sessions, "Cool Cool Water," featuring some of the band's most intricate and playful interlocking vocal parts. Sunflower is also the home of some of Dennis Wilson's most enduring work, including the uptempo album opener "Slip On Through," and the classic Beach Boys ballad "Forever."

Sunflower, originally titled Add Some Music (after the group's initial single for Warners, "Add Some Music To Your Day," which failed to garner enough airplay to become a hit), underwent several lineup revisions before its eventual release in the late summer of 1970. The album, hailed by the U.K. music press as "The Beach Boys' Sgt. Pepper, failed to sell, despite glowing reviews and wide acclaim for its rich sonic texture (due in no small part to the efforts of Beach Boys' engineer Stephen Desper, a noted pioneer in quadrophonic and surround sound technologies).





1. Slip On Through
2. This Whole World
3. Add Some Music to Your Day
4. Got to Know the Woman
5. Deirdre
6. It's About Time
7. Tears in the Morning
8. All I Wanna Do
9. Forever
10. Our Sweet Love
11. At My Window
12. Cool, Cool Water

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

There's a multichannel layer on this SACD

posted on 07/18/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: mosecat
Surprised and delighted to discover a four channel layer on this SACD - first time this great album has sounded good to me on CD. Same thing with the Surf's Up SACD. Surround fans take note.

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