The Beach Boys ‎– Surfer Girl

Capitol Records ‎– ST 1981, Capitol Records ‎– ST-1981
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Surfer Girl
Written-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
A2 Catch A Wave
Harp [Uncredited] – Maureen LoveLead Vocals [Uncredited] – Mike LoveWritten-By – Brian Wilson
A3 The Surfer Moon
Written-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
A4 South Bay Surfer
Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson, Mike LoveWritten-By – A. Jardin*, B. Wilson*, D. Wilson*
A5 The Rocking Surfer
Arranged By – Brian WilsonLead Guitar [Uncredited] – Carl WilsonWritten-By – Traditional
A6 Little Deuce Coupe
Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Mike LoveWritten-By – Brian Wilson, Roger Christian
B1 In My Room
Harp [Uncredited] – Maureen LoveWritten-By – Gary UsherWritten-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
B2 Hawaii
Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Mike LoveWritten-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
B3 Surfer's Rule
Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Dennis Wilson (2)Written-By – Brian Wilson, Mike Love
B4 Our Car Club
Written-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Mike LoveWritten-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited], Arranged By [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
B5 Your Summer Dream
Written-By – Bob Norberg (2)Written-By, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Brian Wilson
B6 Boogie Woodie
Arranged By – Brian WilsonWritten-By – Traditional

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Front Cover:
Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo
File Under: The Beach Boys * Vocal Group, Surfing Music
High Fidelity

Back Cover:
[Full Dimensional Stereo Logo]
Also available in regular monophonic

More great Beach Boy Albums on Capitol:
Surfin' Safari
Surfin' U.S.A.

Made in U.S.A. * Factories: Scranton, Pa.-Los Angeles, Calif.

A5, instrumental

"IAM" pressing symbol on runout.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A): ST1 - 1981 - A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B): ST2 - 1981 - W5

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DOS626HP The Beach Boys Surfer Girl(LP, Album, Mono, Pic) DOL DOS626HP Europe 2017 Sell This Version
50999 404435 22 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl(HDCD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Capitol Records, EMI 50999 404435 22 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
50999 404435 22 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl(HDCD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Capitol Records, EMI 50999 404435 22 US 2012 Sell This Version
T 1981, T-1981 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T 1981, T-1981 US 1963 Sell This Version
ST 1981 The Beach Boys Surfer Girl(LP, Album) Capitol Records ST 1981 UK 1967 Sell This Version


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December 9, 2018

This was my introduction to the Beach Boys, an album that has forever drifted in the back of my mine, and while it was sincerely an album of singles, that’s the manner in which I came to know and love the Beach Boys.

Unbeknown to me at the time, was that Brian Wilson had fully taken charge of the band’s writing and production for the most part at this point, so what I was infused with was the eloquence and musicianship of the man, his vision, even though he didn’t surf, and his ability to turn a phrase. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent waxing down my pink Hanson 50/50 board, riding the waves at the southern end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey during the 1960’s, all while listening to Beach Boy songs forever drift from my transistor radio.

Not usually considered as such, the number “Surfer Girl” (the first song Wilson wrote at the age of 19) was a defining conceptual moment for Brian Wilson, as the song was one of his first and rather complex emotional ballads, one filled with a sense of teen longing, along with the complexities of finding one’s place in the world of men and women. The hypnotic “In My Room” also graces this album, a sincerely haunting melody of finding a safe place to think, listen and be. It’s one thing to fall under the spell of “In My Room,” and to consider the notion of that room as being a safe nurturing place, a womb of sorts, yet the song takes on an entirely different meaning when one considers the flip side, that the world outside of that room is very unfriendly and unpredictable; it certainly was to Brian. Bob Dylan manages to drifts in here for me, as Dylan’s album Blonde On Blonde can easily been seen as an expansion of this single song, where he presents an atmosphere of foreboding, filled intimate uncertain internal rivalries and relationships.

Nearly entirely overlooked in its attributes was the tack “Catch A Wave,” a very forward looking take on modern society, both with its surface meaning and that which can be implied. When the underlying current and meaning of this song clicked with me, there was no turning back, I was never able to listen to music in the same fashion again, which of course carried over into the double entendres woven into the music of The Beatles, widening my eyes and opening my mind to the vastness of multiple realities.

(laughing) I was never sure what a Deuce Coupe was, though I loved dancing to the song, and the fact that gears were shifted so quickly between that number following “In My Room,” created nearly a physical presence of juxtaposition, began to make me think that the ride would not always be fun and games, that the serious side of nature could slide in on a dime, where life could be changed forever in an instant. Nevertheless, these songs made for a sincerely exciting album that did help me navigate though those fascinating teen years.

*** The Fun Facts: “Little Duce Coupe” references a Ford Model 18, the 1932 model coupe, the ultimate hotrod, featuring a flathead Ford V8 engine.

The song “Surfer Girl” was inspired by Judy Bowls, Wilson’s first serious girlfriend.

Review by Jenell Kesler


May 7, 2016
Original US version but has runout ST1 - 1981 - A5 and ST2 - 1981 - A5.


February 3, 2016
My copy original 1st press 1963. T1 1981-1, T2 1981-1. Flipback , Garrod and Lofthouse Ltd patents pending sleeve. Not listed on Discogs.