The Beach Boys ‎– Sunflower

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A1 Slip On Through
Written-By – Dennis Wilson (2)
2:15
A2 This Whole World
Written-By – Brian Wilson
1:55
A3 Add Some Music To Your Day
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Joe Knott, Mike Love
3:34
A4 Got To Know The Woman
Written-By – Dennis Wilson (2)
2:40
A5 Deirdre
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston
3:26
A6 It's About Time
Written-By – Alan Jardine, Bob Burchman, Dennis Wilson (2)
2:56
B1 Tears In The Morning
Written-By – Bruce Johnston
4:03
B2 All I Wanna Do
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Mike Love
3:34
B3 Forever
Written-By – Dennis Wilson (2), Greg Jacobson*
2:40
B4 Our Sweet Love
Written-By – Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson
2:38
B5 At My Window
Written-By – Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson
2:29
B6 Cool, Cool Water
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Mike Love
5:03

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Released on a pale yellow reprise label with both the Brother Records and Reprise logos in pale blue. Gatefold sleeve.

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  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): (31,007)
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): (31,008)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Hand-Etched): RS-6382-A [Artisan Sound Recorders symbol] 31007-Re1 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Hand-Etched): RS-6382-B [Artisan Sound Recorders symbol] 31008-Re1 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant)): p RS-6382 31007-1 1 [artisan logo] 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant)): p o RS-6382 31008-1 1 [artisan logo] A 3

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS 6382 The Beach Boys Sunflower(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Brother Records (3) RS 6382 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
SP-80160 The Beach Boys Sunflower(LP, Album, Red) Stateside SP-80160 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
APP 069 The Beach Boys Sunflower(LP, Album, RE, RM, 200) Analogue Productions, Capitol Records, Brother Records (3) APP 069 US 2016 Sell This Version
TC-SSL A 8251, 1E 244 ◦ 91905 The Beach Boys Sunflower(Cass, Album) Stateside, Stateside TC-SSL A 8251, 1E 244 ◦ 91905 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SOSL8251 The Beach Boys Sunflower(LP, Album) Stateside, Brother Records (3) SOSL8251 Australia 1970 Sell This Version

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AllNightLong1966

AllNightLong1966

August 3, 2020

Though the Beach Boys are best-known for their classic summer-fun hits, the group's resident genius, Brian Wilson, sculpted several underrated albums of complex, inspired orchestrated pop. Sunflower (1970) depicts a true group effort, with each member pitching in. Harmonies flourish, co-writings are strong, and Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston emerge with some of the album's most touching moments. Johnston's "Deirdre" evokes memories of the old days, while updating the sound and groove with a smart yet elaborate arrangement. His "Tears In the Morning" takes the Beach Boys' classic sound and gives it an early-70s feel. "At My Window" retains a psychedelic flavour. Dennis' "Got To Know The Woman" provides an upbeat, vintage rock 'n' roll sound, while "Forever" ranks among the band's greatest ballads. Brian and Mike Love join forces for the vocal weave of "All I Wanna Do," while Carl Wilson and Brian are in fine spirits for "This Whole World." The United Kingdom press and fans have always acknowledged the group's achievements, while, ironically, their United States counterparts were slower to find the brilliance in their own backyard.
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 15, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

With some instrumental and vocal harmonic complexities that were certainly better than those delivered on Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys finally seemed poised to lay down an album that could fill a huge space, provided that huge space is a supermarket, or even a confined space, like an elevator, in need of some mindless lovable muzak, just perfect for browsing the high end yogurt section, where girls in oversized linen trousers and head scarves smile on endlessly, as if trying to remember the punchline to a joke they overheard while having a latte on the other side of the store … and while unable to, giggled anyway at the memory.

The album is primarily composed of love songs distributed across the record in varying degrees of effortlessness, breezy dreaming and mindless intoxication. With Brian continuing his own personal exploration of what makes up a good song, he’s stepped knee deep into the contemporary mellow soft rock California realm of all things pleasant. It’s a self-conscious homogenized affair, where in 1970, the album and the backwards step into naivety, making the album and the band totally irrelevant.

On a positive note, finally the Boys have graced us with an album of original material … matter of fact the guys handed in over thirty songs and let the record label sort the mess out. Of course, in the end there’s a floating warmth to the record, and certainly the production and engineering are flawless, yet it all comes across as quite mindless, and dare I sound, jaded, the conception sounds far too out of focus, where again, the Beach Boys manage to create an even worse album than before, staying on the charts for less than four weeks and peaking at the #151 slot. The single “Add Some Music To Your Day” was the record’s saving grace, where based on that single alone (which peaked at #64) was responsible for nearly all the album sales.

With Brian hopelessly addicted to cocaine at this point in time, he rambled on to friends and the music press that the band was broke, that their funds had vanished and they were considering filing for bankruptcy. What strikes me as most compelling, is that so many critics claimed that the album was great, yet their claims were never validated, with those claims comparing Sunflower to other failed adventures by The Beach Boys … though that certainly begs the question, is almost anything not good when compared to something really bad? Others have said that Sunflower marked a return to some balance within the band, with few outside musicians playing, meaning that the Beach Boys were once again responsible for their own sound. Yet again, when you listen to folks talk about this record, they point to this minute, or that aspect, or how this chord transitioned into these harmonies, though no one stands up and touts Sunflower as being the greatest album of all time, the Beach Boys defacto Sgt. Pepper.

So, discounting “Add Some Music To Your Day” what song found here holds up as well as “Good Vibrations,” “Sail On, Sailor,” “Good Timin’” or even the blistering slow dance number “Surfer Girl.” Even with all their studio double tracked double vocals, spilt stereophonic textured effects, and overtly considered harmonic balances, for me this is nothing more than a late summer bit of interlocking playfulness that is entirely forgettable.

Listen, the Beach Boys have always loomed much larger in my mind than they came across on records, they never actually made the transition into the hazed 60's, they weren’t really good at this whole easy going concept thing either. So if you think along the lines that I do, but have never given voice to those thoughts for fear of being criticized, go get yourself a Greatest Hits album, I promise, you’ll be much happier.

*** The Fun Facts: Working titles for the album were as follows Reverberation, Sun Flower, and Add Some Music, before they finally agreed on Sunflower.

Review by Jenell Kesler
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

July 8, 2018

After you get over Pet Sounds and all the myth and legend of SMiLE, you quickly realize how beautiful and oft-overlooked Sunflower really is (despite it's critical acclaim, it was a commercial flop). Of course this pressing sounds great. I'm happy to finally own a clean copy without distracting surface noise!
jdank.firth

jdank.firth

February 25, 2017

My favorite Beach Boys album that has/had Zero of the hits that got me into them. Very underrated album! 5/5
Groovemaster-DJ

Groovemaster-DJ

November 3, 2014
Errrrrrr track A1 Cottonfields oh really what on the original USA Reprise/Brother album don't think so!!!!!!

That great track (in it's single version) but so so sadly as both a crazy "cut off the steel guitar feature and solo for USA AM Mono radio edit as a quick fade" and its "wonderful Duophonic's mono to fake stereo mix was an exclusive on the UK EMI-$tateside pressing! The sleeve notes are made a full mockery off in the UK by having this vile Duophonic pap mix included, when great detail and back patting was made of the mixing of this album in Stereo.
shoestringrecords

shoestringrecords

July 8, 2013
As several have previously mentioned, this is an excellent Beach Boys LP and was sadly under-appreciated and poorly sold in the US, but did get overwhelmingly positive reviews in England and even charted there in the mid 20's (vs. in the #150's in the US)

It is easily their best (released) work since "Pet Sounds", and seems like the natural follow-up to "Friends" (we will skip on "20/20" since it is an odd-bag collection with some older outtakes and some newer tunes). Truly a democratic work, all six members (Brian, Carl, Dennis, Al, Mike and Bruce) bring their own contributions to the table, Dennis easily being the stand-out, as he had just begun writing songs with the "Friends" LP and is in full bloom here.