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MaryNYS

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Hi all,

This week's song is Surf's Up from BWPS.
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Terrific song.  Outstanding album.  Surprisingly meaningful to be a part of it all, finally, coming together, as it did at long last back, in the 2nd half of 2004...the tours, the shows, the get togethers...the global camaraderie.  T'was pure magic.

I don't believe Brian Wilson/Beach Boys fans were ever as united, happy and glad to be sharing in the sense of purpose which gave us this specific version of his classic song...along with all the rest of the magic which made up the first officially finished version of the musical jigsaw puzzle which had all but sat in limbo for almost 4 decades...as they were exactly THEN.

It was a wonderful time to be a member here.  That Brian and Melinda would stop in and visit was terrific as well.  Van Dyke said, at the time, that it was if a cloud had been lifted off of Brian and that it was obviously a healing experience for Brian completing the SMiLE project.  The process of recording, releasing and touring further albums, the release of the movie and finally the book have all contributed to something that I had wanted to see since somewhere in the vicinity of 1967...a happier, healthier and far more satisfied Brian Wilson.

Thank you Brian.

Thank you Mary.
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Surf’s Up is one of my top 5 favorite songs, if not my MOST favorite song ever. It is both lyrically and musically amazing. To make it even better, Brian offers a fabulous vocal performance. I think the 1967 solo version is my favorite. It’s has so much emotion and feeling. Brian almost sounds like he’s crying, but in the most beautiful way.

Saying that I love BWPS would be an understatement. Performing SMiLE Live was a huge step for Bri and I could listen to it over and over and over and over again! I find this version of Surf’s Up to be particularly moving. My favorite part in any version is “the laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne...beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry.” I love how the strings sound during this section on BWPS. They really stand out to me. Great pick Mary! I don’t have enough good things to say about this song.


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Surf's Up is tied with Warmth of the Sun as my all time favorite BB song.  

Though, I do prefer the 1971 version that appeared on the album of the same name.  

I love the significance of BWPS better than the album itself.  Without putting out that album, I'm not so certain that Brian would've had such a prolific solo career.  
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Surf’s Up is one of my top 5 favorite songs, if not my MOST favorite song ever. It is both lyrically and musically amazing. To make it even better, Brian offers a fabulous vocal performance. I think the 1967 solo version is my favorite. It’s has so much emotion and feeling. Brian almost sounds like he’s crying, but in the most beautiful way.

Saying that I love BWPS would be an understatement. Performing SMiLE Live was a huge step for Bri and I could listen to it over and over and over and over again! I find this version of Surf’s Up to be particularly moving. My favorite part in any version is “the laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne...beyond belief a broken man too tough to cry.” I love how the strings sound during this section on BWPS. They really stand out to me. Great pick Mary! I don’t have enough good things to say about this song.



GGH REALLY LOVES THIS SONG. She taught herself to play it on the piano last summer. It is beautiful. 😘
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As we have it, the Bernstein version is definitive -such a sense of drama about it. But the one on BWPS & the 71 assemblage both have their merits.

The best thing in the BWPS version is the tag –wonderful how it conjures up images of breakers - foam & rollers & the deep sounding underneath. The 71 tag is magically performed but the arrangement is not as fully thought out. I’ve always loved ‘dove-nested towers’ from the 71 version.

For the Smile sessions reconstruction, it would’ve been better just to retain Carl’s 71 lead on the first section, I think.

 
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For the Smile sessions reconstruction, it would’ve been better just to retain Carl’s 71 lead on the first section, I think.  


The only thing about that would be that it would essentially be a repeat of the album version.  I like the fact that there's something to differentiate, and we get to hear what it would've sounded like for young Brian to sing the verses. 
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I see your point kds but I think that the other embellishments they added to it in 71 do make a big difference - especially the organ layered all over the first section. Vandalism!

Over-dubbing that Brian vocal onto the track doesn’t demonstrate anything - or more importantly, work- imho. He wouldn't have sung it like that to the track.



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I see your point kds but I think that the other embellishments they added to it in 71 do make a big difference - especially the organ layered all over the first section. Vandalism! Over-dubbing that Brian vocal onto the track doesn’t demonstrate anything - or more importantly, work- imho. He wouldn't have sung it like that to the track.


True, but the Smile Sessions were only a clue of what a finished Smile album by The Beach Boys might have sounded like.  

For my money, simply tacking on the SU that was on the shelves for 40 years sort of defeats the purpose.  
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You are a fine writer, kds - reader, not so much.
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You are a fine writer, kds - reader, not so much.


What did I miss? 
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I think that the other embellishments they added to it in 71 do make a big difference - especially the organ layered all over the first section. Vandalism!



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Gotcha.

I'd have to listen to both versions back to back.  I don't hear much of a difference.  
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Even though Carl is my favorite singer of the group, I definitely prefer Brian's vocal on Surf's Up. It seems more expressive and genuine. After all, it is his song.
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