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« Reply #1375 on: January 14, 2018, 02:07:26 AM »

Today's song is Don't Go Near The Water.
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« Reply #1376 on: January 14, 2018, 02:34:49 AM »

Today's song is Don't Go Near The Water.

Didn't like it for decades but I do now. Side one of Surf's Up! is closer to what was happening at the time than side two, which is in a field of one. I've since caught up with side one----or rather it's caught up with me. Grin

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« Reply #1377 on: January 14, 2018, 02:45:41 AM »

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Today's song could be 5 if they got rid of that pseudo-mystic highly disinteresting intro/ recurring riff which really drags it. 3.5 rounded to 4.
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« Reply #1378 on: January 14, 2018, 11:28:20 PM »

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« Reply #1379 on: January 14, 2018, 11:28:55 PM »

Today's song is Long Promised Road.
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« Reply #1380 on: January 15, 2018, 01:29:31 AM »

Today's song is Long Promised Road.

This is the track that got me into side one of Surf's Up. Of its many magical moments, the most magical for me is at the words "long promised road", when that synth texture kicks in.

If I remember correctly, SWD has pointed out that the backing vocals are Al triple-tracked.

And if anything deserves a five, it's this stunning Carl composition.
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« Reply #1381 on: January 15, 2018, 11:54:20 PM »

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« Reply #1382 on: January 15, 2018, 11:55:15 PM »

Today's song is Take A Load Off Your Feet.
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« Reply #1383 on: January 16, 2018, 07:33:38 AM »

It's goofy fun song with cool effects. Double it with Al (& Brian) deliberately doing funny voice. Cheesy 5.
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« Reply #1384 on: January 16, 2018, 07:55:21 AM »

The sonic effects used on this track are great. However, the subject matter makes me skip this one if Iím ever playing the album in front of people. Even when Iím alone listening to this I donít want to think about feet.

Makes me wish that Capitol would release a ďAlternate Surfís UpĒ with Dennisí contributions. Take off ĎTake A Load Off Your Feetí and ĎStudent Demonstation Timeí and youíve got a really really solid album...makes me wonder how much more popular this album wouldíve been without its weirder tracks.

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« Reply #1385 on: January 16, 2018, 12:21:28 PM »

The sonic effects used on this track are great. However, the subject matter makes me skip this one if Iím ever playing the album in front of people. Even when Iím alone listening to this I donít want to think about feet.

Makes me wish that Capitol would release a ďAlternate Surfís UpĒ with Dennisí contributions. Take off ĎTake A Load Off Your Feetí and ĎStudent Demonstation Timeí and youíve got a really really solid album...makes me wonder how much more popular this album wouldíve been without its weirder tracks.

2/5

I'd rather not think about feet either. That said, whenever I'm in a certain type of shop I invariably find myself looking out for avocado cream. LOL

In a way, the album's weirder tracks balance out the epic ones rather nicely. And "Feet" is about as weird as it gets. Grin

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« Reply #1386 on: January 17, 2018, 12:22:03 AM »

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« Reply #1387 on: January 17, 2018, 12:22:54 AM »

Today's song is Disney Girls.
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« Reply #1388 on: January 17, 2018, 03:14:12 AM »

Today's song is Disney Girls.

Heard Bruce sing this at the BB concert last year. He can still do it, you know. But nothing beats the version on Surf's Up.

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« Reply #1389 on: January 17, 2018, 06:55:20 AM »

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"Disney Girls" - dislike it immensely. 1. That said, agree with past post that it's best in SU, sung live - inferior.
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« Reply #1390 on: January 17, 2018, 07:19:36 AM »

I think itís a great song musically and lyrically, but my like of it has waned the last several years. Still, itís a great track on this record, I give it a 4/5 (bearing in mind that itís no where near as good as the last 3 tracks on this album).
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« Reply #1391 on: January 17, 2018, 07:21:57 AM »

Definitely Bruce's signature Beach Boys song.  I think it thematically fits the album perfectly since Surf's Up deals with issues with the environment and turmoil on college campuses, and here's this song, longing for the good ole days. 
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« Reply #1392 on: January 17, 2018, 07:29:46 AM »

The 1990s hotel piano session for anyone interested...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vx3eD9KU7C0
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« Reply #1393 on: January 18, 2018, 02:00:42 AM »

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« Reply #1394 on: January 18, 2018, 02:01:09 AM »

Today's song is Student Demonstration Time.
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« Reply #1395 on: January 18, 2018, 05:27:14 AM »

1/5.

There is nothing interesting musically or lyrically about this song. Again, take off this and ĎLoadí, replace them with Dennyís tracks and man youíve got a killer album.

@JK, I guess youíre right these kinda balance out the serious nature of the album, but thatís like replacing ĎI Know Thereís An Answerí and ĎIJWMFTTísí with ĎAmusement Parks USAí and ĎBarbara Anní on Pet Sounds - it may balance out the serious stuff but it weakens the album. But, given thatís what we got on Surfís Up I think your glass-half-full approach is how we have to look at it.
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« Reply #1396 on: January 18, 2018, 07:19:08 AM »

To me, Student Demonstration Time is unlistenable. Such a bad song on what is otherwise a great album.
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« Reply #1397 on: January 18, 2018, 07:22:51 AM »

I don't think SDT is nearly as bad as it's reputation, and I don't think it weighs down the Surf's Up album nearly as much as Take a Load Off Your Feet.   

I think the band sound great, and it's a rocking backing track.  However, I think the siren sound effect is a little too high in the mix to the point where it's jarring. 

Mike's timely lyrics are pretty clumsy, and I'd prefer a straight cover, but I think the topical nature of the lyrics fit the album. 
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« Reply #1398 on: January 18, 2018, 07:56:44 AM »

I donít want to offend anyone by saying this, but Iím gonna give my honest opinion on the SDT song: the whole song sounds like a joke to the point of insincerity - I donít know what Mikeís/the guyís intentions were with the song, and Iím not calling them insincere, but the song sounds insincere. Youíve got sirens wailing, Mike sounding like heís yelling into a megaphone, the lyrics are pretty bad, and yet some of the lyrics are directly about an event that left 4 students shot and killed.

To me, itís like if Coldplay were to release a song with bells, sirens, megaphones, cheesy lyrics, in the aftermath of the Charlottesville riot that left one person killed. It would be in really poor taste.

At least with ĎTake A Load Off Your Feetí you can find sincerity in it, itís hilarious that Brianís biggest problem he could write about at that time was foot issues. But itís honest in its own childlike way, even though I donít care for the song at all.

But with SDT that backing track/effects are on par with Loop De Loop and considering the serious nature of some of the lyrics it makes me cringe whenever I hear it. And this isnít a knock at the quality of the recording or those who worked on it, Itís problably one of those things you had to be there for to understand. But from my perspective I just donít get it.
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« Reply #1399 on: January 18, 2018, 08:24:49 AM »

I donít want to offend anyone by saying this, but Iím gonna give my honest opinion on the SDT song: the whole song sounds like a joke to the point of insincerity - I donít know what Mikeís/the guyís intentions were with the song, and Iím not calling them insincere, but the song sounds insincere. Youíve got sirens wailing, Mike sounding like heís yelling into a megaphone, the lyrics are pretty bad, and yet some of the lyrics are directly about an event that left 4 students shot and killed.

To me, itís like if Coldplay were to release a song with bells, sirens, megaphones, cheesy lyrics, in the aftermath of the Charlottesville riot that left one person killed. It would be in really poor taste.

At least with ĎTake A Load Off Your Feetí you can find sincerity in it, itís hilarious that Brianís biggest problem he could write about at that time was foot issues. But itís honest in its own childlike way, even though I donít care for the song at all.

But with SDT that backing track/effects are on par with Loop De Loop and considering the serious nature of some of the lyrics it makes me cringe whenever I hear it. And this isnít a knock at the quality of the recording or those who worked on it, Itís problably one of those things you had to be there for to understand. But from my perspective I just donít get it.

I can see how you might think that.  I'm not so certain that the nature of the song or lyrics really reflect insincerity.  I think the intention was anger at how demonstrators were treated (ie. Kent State).   Honestly, I think the lyrics are somewhat poorly written (ie . "A bachelor of bullets") and can come off insincere, but I don't think that was the intent. 

However, with Feet, I think the only redeeming quality of that song is that it's mercifully brief.  If it wasn't good enough to appear on Sunflower, I'm not sure why they thought it was good enough to appear on Surf's Up.  And the fact that it made the album while WIBNTLA languished in the vaults for over 40 years is mindblowing. 
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