Sunflower – The Beach Boys

51c0CehBajL._SL500_AA280_The ‘Sunflower’ album was the Beach Boys 13th album release and their first on the Reprise label, after many legal battles with capital.

It is sadly their least selling album which is ironic as it is the best group effort they put out – all the band members put their ten cents worth on here.

The standout tracks were by Dennis, who had started to apply his talents on the ‘Friends’ album of 1968 but here he excelled himself with one of the most romantic songs ever written ‘Forever’ written for his then wife Barbara. A wonderful ballad with Dennis on lead and Big Brother Brian on the back ground vocals, lyrics such as ‘if every word I said could make you smile I’d talk forever’ ‘This Whole World’ a short but wonderful Brian Wilson number. ‘Add Some Music’ to your day, which was released as a single and when you see Brian on tour these days he always announces this with great modesty!! As the song with the best lyrics ever! There is even a ‘Smile’ lost track at the close the wonderful ‘Cool Cool Water’ which they preformed wonderfully on the Mike Douglas Show – see the clip on here.

Standout tracks – ‘Forever’, ‘This Whole World’ ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Tears in the Morning’, ‘It’s About Time’, ‘Slip on Through’.

Sunflower/Surf’s Up

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