The Beach Boys ‎– Surf's Up

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Surf's Up is the 17th studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released in 1971. It was met with a warm critical reception and reached number 29 on the US record charts, becoming their best-performing album in their home country since 1967. In the UK, the album peaked at number 15, continuing a string of chart successes that had not abated since 1965.

Both the album's title and cover artwork are an ironic, self-aware nod to the removedness from the band's surf rock roots. Its name was taken from the song of the same title written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks five years earlier for the abandoned studio album Smile. Surf's Up's creative direction was largely influenced by newly employed band manager Jack Rieley, who strove to reinvent the group's image and reintroduce them to the era's counterculture. Two singles were issued in the US: "Long Promised Road" and "Surf's Up". Only the former charted, peaking at number 89.

In 2004, the album was voted 154 in a German edition of Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and ranked 61 on Pitchfork Media's "The Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s". It is listed in the musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Versions (67)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, San) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
8X-SSL 10313, 1E 344 ○ 92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(8-Trk, Album) Stateside, Stateside 8X-SSL 10313, 1E 344 ○ 92744 UK 1971 Sell This Version
M 56453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) M 56453 US 1971 Sell This Version
TC-SSL 10313, 1E 244 ○ 92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album) Stateside, Stateside, Brother Records (3), Brother Records (3) TC-SSL 10313, 1E 244 ○ 92744 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SJSL 173 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside SJSL 173 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
SSL 10313, SSL. 10313 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Stateside SSL 10313, SSL. 10313 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SSL 10313, SSL. 10313, 1E 062 ◦ 92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Stateside, Stateside SSL 10313, SSL. 10313, 1E 062 ◦ 92744 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SSL 10313, SSL.10313, IE 062 ◦ 92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Stateside, Stateside SSL 10313, SSL.10313, IE 062 ◦ 92744 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2C 064-92 744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Brother Records (3) 2C 064-92 744 France 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Brother Records (3), Reprise Records RS 6453 USA & Canada 1971 Sell This Version
1C 062-92 744 , 1C 062-92 744 D, 1C 062-92 744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Stateside, Brother Records (3) 1C 062-92 744 , 1C 062-92 744 D, 1C 062-92 744 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
SSL 10313, WRC E.1114 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, World Record Club SSL 10313, WRC E.1114 New Zealand 1971 Sell This Version
SP-80366 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside SP-80366 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
5C 064-92 744, 5C 062-92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Brother Records (3), Stateside 5C 064-92 744, 5C 062-92744 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
SSL 10313 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside SSL 10313 Denmark 1971 Sell This Version
SOSL 10313 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside SOSL 10313 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
3C 062 - 92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside, Brother Records (3) 3C 062 - 92744 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
1C 062-92 744, 28 656-7 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Club) Stateside, Bertelsmann Club 1C 062-92 744, 28 656-7 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453, ST-93920 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Club) Brother Records (3), Reprise Records, Capitol Record Club RS 6453, ST-93920 US 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Dee) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Pit) Brother Records (3), Reprise Records RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Promo) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Ter) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
CSJ-1177 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Unofficial) 中聲 CSJ-1177 Taiwan 1971 Sell This Version
RST 6453-B, RST 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, Lar) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RST 6453-B, RST 6453 US 1971 Sell This Version
1J 062-92744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside 1J 062-92744 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
1C 062-92 744 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Stateside 1C 062-92 744 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
DL 3011 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP) Caribou Records DL 3011 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
CRB 31774 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Caribou Records, CBS, Brother Records (3) CRB 31774 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CRB 31744, CRB 31774 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Caribou Records, CBS, Brother Records (3) CRB 31744, CRB 31774 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CRB 31774 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Caribou Records CRB 31774 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
SRCS 6090 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Sony Records SRCS 6090 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
SRCS 6090 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records SRCS 6090 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
467835 2 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RM) Epic, Brother Records (3), Caribou Records 467835 2 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
ZK 46951 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RM) Caribou Records, Epic Associated ZK 46951 US 1991 Sell This Version
ZK 46951 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RM, Pit) Caribou Records, Epic Associated ZK 46951 US 1991 Sell This Version
467835 2, EPC 467835 2 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RM, Red) Epic, Epic 467835 2, EPC 467835 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
467835 4 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album, RE, RM, Chr) Epic, Caribou Records, Brother Records (3) 467835 4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
ZT 46951 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, RE, RM) Caribou Records, Epic Associated, Brother Records (3) ZT 46951 US 1991 Sell This Version
epc 467835 1 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE, RM) Epic epc 467835 1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
7243 8 21945 1 4 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records 7243 8 21945 1 4 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
TOCP-65566 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RE, RM) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records TOCP-65566 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
TOCP-70532 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records TOCP-70532 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
509996 98175 19 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Capitol Records 509996 98175 19 US 2009 Sell This Version
50999 404439 28 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, Unofficial) Brother Records (4), Capitol Records (2) 50999 404439 28 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
TOCP-71382 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(HDCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records TOCP-71382 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
50999 404439 28 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records 50999 404439 28 US 2012 Sell This Version
50999 404439 28 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records 50999 404439 28 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
UICY-25601 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Capitol Records, Brother Records (3) UICY-25601 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
B0021082-01, APP 070 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 200) Brother Records (3), Capitol Records, Universal Music Special Markets, Analogue Productions B0021082-01, APP 070 US 2016 Sell This Version
CAPP 070 SA The Beach Boys Surf's Up(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, RM) Analogue Productions CAPP 070 SA US 2016 Sell This Version
M 86453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(8-Trk) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) M 86453 US Unknown Sell This Version
M 86453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(8-Trk, Album, Club) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) M 86453 US Unknown Sell This Version
M 56453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) M 56453 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRM 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album, Club) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) CRM 6453 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRB 40-32084, 40-32085 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(Cass, Album, RE) Caribou Records, Caribou Records, Brother Records (3), CBS CRB 40-32084, 40-32085 UK Unknown Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US Unknown Sell This Version
RS 6453 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, Club) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6453 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRB 32085, S CRB 32085 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Caribou Records, Caribou Records CRB 32085, S CRB 32085 UK Unknown Sell This Version
1C 048-51 111 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Emidisc (2), Stateside, EMI Electrola 1C 048-51 111 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CRB 32085, S CRB 32085 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE) Caribou Records, Caribou Records CRB 32085, S CRB 32085 UK Unknown Sell This Version
509996 98175 19 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Capitol Records, Brother Records (3) 509996 98175 19 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
467835 1, EPC 467835 1 The Beach Boys Surf's Up(LP, Album, RM) Epic, Epic 467835 1, EPC 467835 1 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

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timsonghurst

timsonghurst

June 8, 2019
edited 21 days ago
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 509996 98175 19
Sticker says "Audiophile Quality", I'd say OK'ish. Rumble can be heard inter tracks.
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 11, 2018
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, San, RS 6453

Without a doubt, Revolver by the Beatles was a solid album from beginning to end, as was Rubber Soul, where the Beatles created an intoxicating atmosphere that was very forward looking in both its presentation an atmosphere. That being said, for years the Beach Boys and the Beatles were competing on the charts, the singles charts, often at times with more than one song in the top 10 on any given week.

What the Beatles had going for them that the Beach Boys did not, was the ability to infuse an album with a sense of understated strength, grace and vision, along with the ability for these albums to outlive even time. I use the word albums, because the Beatles were very much an album oriented band, while even in the mist of the psychedelic haze that was the 60’s, the Beach Boys were not, as such, and album driven band. The Beach Boys were and will always remain a singles band. I realize there will be many to disagree with me, but the statement is one of fact, derived from having been there then, listened, and of course have been talking with other listeners for near fifty years. Point of fact, the Beach Boys would not release a solid, all songs great album until 2012, with “That’s Why God Made The Radio.” All previous Beach Boy albums had actual lines of demarcation, where songs were either great, or they were middle of the road.

As with those other Beach Boy albums, Surf’s Up falls into the same category, though what sets this album apart from the others, even the flowery sounding Pet Sounds, was the density of the production, which infused weaker material to sound greater. There are deep concerns for me with this record, and while within it there are some songs I truly love, there’s an equal amount of distrust and dissatisfaction as well. Consider the forgettable “Student Demonstration Time,” which the first question I’d ask being ”What was going on, what was this about, who was it designed to appeal to? “Demonstration Time” was freely lifted from “Riot In Cell Block Number 9,” a song penned by the duo of Leiber and Stroller, with the megaphone shouting by Love making it almost laughable, especially if one were on campus during that year, or worse, in Viet Nam. The decision making processes now fell entirely to the two weakest song writers in the band, where they attempted to come across as more socially relevant, Mike Love and Al Jardine. Of course “Long Promised Road,” and “Feel Flows” are just dynamic, as is “Disney Girls (1957)”, all stand out numbers … though the title track “Surf’s Up” is the defining moment of the album, and is sadly a song that does not define the album.

While Surf’s Up is not wildly inconsistent with its eclectic nature, it is not consistent either, depending on what you’re listening for. For example, there are no love songs on the album, with “Disney Girls” being a memory, a longing, and not a love song in actuality. The album is fraught with anxiety, deep concerns and fear, not aspects I derived from early Beach Boy sojourns, though were certainly part of everyday life during the early 1970’s, meaning I didn’t get any relief from the horrors of Viet Nam, Watergate, endless police raids for marijuana, along with the dying of so many musicians … Surf’s Up did not offer me anything to escape into while alone in my room with my very personal thoughts (though in my case, I was alone in a tent in southeast Asia).

With the Beach Boys delivering four albums that were rewarding, beautiful and rich, even if uneven (due to so many songwriters), in as many years, they had one big problem, and that’s that none of those albums sold well, and while largely unheard at the time, they have become cult favorites, with listeners just beaming in to find something elegant in something that failed with such ease. With the genesis of Surf’s Up, the Beach Boys had become a nostalgia band, though without their founding member, off balance, out of step and attempting to be all things to all people, when what they should have been doing was concentrating on those hits, those precious gems that defined the band and caught our attention.

As always, keep the great singles, forget the so-called high art.

*** The Fun Facts: The album’s artwork was taken from the James Earle Fraser sculpture “End Of The Trail,” located in Waupun, Wisconsin, and has been moved around much since its creation.

The album was originally entitled Landlocked.

Review by Jenell Kesler
zbarbera

zbarbera

December 5, 2018
edited 6 months ago
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, Ter, RS 6453

The most overlooked album of the 70s. Aside from Pet Sounds maybe their greatest album. And Student Demonstration Time may be dated but it’s not as bad as remembered. Very early use of singing through a megaphone.
eliks_postindustry

eliks_postindustry

April 7, 2018
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, RE, CRB 32085, S CRB 32085
My copy has the label slightly rearranged. Brother and CBS logos are switched and the bottom text says: "Original sound recording made by Brother Records, Inc. CBS Records are the exclusive licensees for the UK Embassy is a trademark of CBS United Kingdom Ltd."
spencermusic

spencermusic

May 9, 2017
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 200, B0021082-01, APP 070

It sounds great, but I personally find the vinyl a little bit noisy, compared to the normal Capitol-era reissues. It sounds amazing nevertheless. BB's in stereo can be glorious, and this album defines that. Surf's Up is a perfect counterpart to Pet Sounds, and I highly recommend buying this album with Pet Sounds, if you love the slow, melancholic ballads from it. Also, if you're a big fan of Carl's voice (Brian sings the title track better than Carl IMHO).
themovierad

themovierad

March 27, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 200, B0021082-01, APP 070
This pressing sounds very warm and true to the original I own. Unlike my original which is pressed on flimsy 120 gram (guess) vinyl this is pressed on sturdy 200g vinyl. I highly recommend this!
mradkins15

mradkins15

October 10, 2016
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, San, RS 6453
Instead of the RS-6453 my copy has ST-93920 on the labels as well as the runout etching. I can't find any info on this, if someone knows I'd really appreciate it.
aestrada57

aestrada57

September 9, 2015
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, Promo, RS 6453
Does anybody know if this was ever released on reel or has a copy on reel? I'd really like to add one to my collection.
tele52

tele52

January 31, 2015
referencing Surf's Up, LP, Album, 1C 062-92 744

1991 Digital Remaster too.