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kaycee0101

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Maybe, but it has some close competition!
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It IS a great album...chalk full of A-1 songs.  It's tied for a strong 3rd on my all-time list of Beach Boys albums. [...today that is.  Sometimes it comes 2nd.]
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It is probably the most democratic of all Beach Boys albums, with all members adding in strong contributions.  It was the album where Dennis' hidden talents as a singer/songwriter really came to the fore.  And Carl contributes some typically first-rate, confident R&B-tinged lead vocals.
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Yeah, I always had wondered why they named it Sunflower and who actually gave the name...[smile]
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Dennis' contributions to Friends and 20/20 captured my attention before that.  Still...you're right he did jump out front on the Sunflower album.  It was good to see and great to hear...'cause the former 'lyricist' in the group had just about run out of anything valid for folks over the age of 14 to appreciate.  And someone had to step up to the plate with something more than the M.O.R./Adult oriented schmaltz Bruce was emitting.  Regardless of the fact that Sunflower was Johnston's strongest effort... ... ...he didn't have a whole lot more in the tank.  Glad 'the boys' didn't record I Write the Songs...although Bruce and Carl helped David Cassidy to a better end result than ol' Barry ever spewed forth...in spite of the award.

I feel the need to shower with bleach and steel wool when I hear THAT Manilow version.  The guys in the band had more to give as Brian and Love began to fade for different reasons.  But the political B.S. would end that before  too many more years would pass.  And the record companies who demanded minimums of Brian Wilson input knew Richard...or was it Dick?  The proof?  Beach Boys aside...where are they now?

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It's a GREAT album!  The TRUE team effort.  I don't known when I got it as I was late on this one.  I had about had it with the BB's during this period.  THEN I saw the Live in Central Park in 71 on tv and the Boys' themselves LIVE in summer 72 and it was game on again.  Everyone was a now a contributor to the music and showed what a band that they really were and not just Brian's puppets or angels.  It has to be right up there in any BB's music appreciation list.  Perfect for the time and the cover was just so warming. 
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It's a GREAT album!  The TRUE team effort.  I don't known when I got it as I was late on this one.  I had about had it with the BB's during this period.  THEN I saw the Live in Central Park in 71 on tv and the Boys' themselves LIVE in summer 72 and it was game on again.  Everyone was a now a contributor to the music and showed what a band that they really were and not just Brian's puppets or angels.  It has to be right up there in any BB's music appreciation list.  Perfect for the time and the cover was just so warming. 


I saw them myself in Indianapolis in October of '71.  There was so much creativity at that time, and most of what they played was recent; the concert started with "Good Vibrations," and the rest of their big '60s hits were the encore.  In between, Carl sang "Surf's Up," Bruce did "Disney Girls," they performed "Cool, Cool Water," and somewhere in there they even played a couple of licks from "Pom Pom Playgirl."

Best live Beach Boys show I ever saw.

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I would say that of the 72 concert - the best that I ever heard.  Blondie and Ricky were in the band and Captain Keyboards - Daryl Dragon along with Toni Tennille.  What a thick sound it was.
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Music, is  in  my  s o u l ....[smile] best lyric EVER

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I've been appreciating this album a lot more lately. I love hearing contributions from all the band members. There are some great lyrics, vocals, and tracks overall on Sunflower. My favorite songs on this album are This Whole World, Add Some Music To Your Day, Forever, and Our Sweet Love.
Add some music to your day = Best. Advice. Ever.

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Jenny - What do you think of "Slip On Through"? One of my favorite BB songs and probably my favorite on Sunflower. Although I love "This Whole World" and "Add Some Music..." as well. Denny wrote and sings lead. Just a great song. Check out the vocals only version on Made In California or on YouTube. Just awesome!
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I do really enjoy that as well! Thanks for recommending the vocal only version.
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I LOVE Sunflower because if I am in a "mood", all I have to do is listen to it and it pops me right out again. It has such a "70's feel" to it which makes me feel free, almost like riding a motorcycle down Lake Shore Drive wind blowing through my hair...[love]
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My wife and I fell in love with this album. As others have noted Dennis did a magnificent job singing lead (Slip on Through). I always wondered how much more impact he could have had singing the lead on other BB songs. My favorite BB album...
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