Thursday, June 03, 2021

The Beach Boys - "Big Sur"


This summer, the Beach Boys will release Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971, which will feature 108(!) unreleased tracks from that time in their career.

Perhaps the most important American Rock and Roll band ever, the Beach Boys are best known by many for their early singles that encompassed SoCal life of surfing, cars, and girls. They also famously made Pet Sounds, one of the best records ever, and pioneered many recording techniques that have inspired bands and artists for decades. In July, they'll release Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 which will include unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks, and a cappella versions from the sessions that resulted in two of their most underrated records. If you've never checked out Surf's Up, do yourself a favor and give their second best record a spin. "Big Sur" is the first taste from this box set and gives us a further glimpse into the magic the band was creating during this time. It is a classic Beach Boys number that bursts with brilliant harmonies and arrangements that feels on par with other staples recorded during that time like the epic "Long Promised Road" and other wonders worth discovering.

Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 is out July 30.

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