Surf's Up (track) by The Beach Boys
Surf's Up appears on the following album(s) by The Beach Boys:
- Surf's Up (track #10) (1971)
- The Platinum Collection (track #48) (compilation) (2005)
- The Smile Sessions (track #12) (this album) (2011)
- The Warmth Of The Sun (track #19) (compilation) (2007)
- Sunflower / Surf's Up (track #22) (compilation) (2000)
- Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys (track #92) (compilation) (1993)
- Ten Years Of Harmony (track #22) (compilation) (1981)
- The Beach Boys Classics Selected By Brian Wilson (track #12) (compilation) (2002)
- Feel Flows (The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971) (track #46) (compilation) (2021)
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that ending is so gorgeous
Simply put, one of the greatest songs ever written. My personal favorite song of all time.. the somber melancholy of the instrumental combined with the slightly wacky but profound lyrics has made this track a staple in my life since I first heard it two years ago.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the ultimate pop song, the most perfect expression of what pop at its best is -- a sprawling vision, a wide and vague musical fantasy, condensed by Wilson's instinctive sensibility into four minutes crammed with original ideas and bursting with creativity in all departments.
Atmospheric production worked down to a hair -- the slithery off-beat of the "diamond necklace" verses, the softly sung chord that marks a transition into the narrator's "dream".
Utter genius musically, with the seemingly arbitrarily chosen bass notes striking unexpected chords and adding new layers of mood.
Lyrics that sound awkward at first because they're super-literate poetry, but make more sense the more you hear them until you are genuinely moved by Parks's vivid, semi-abstract descriptions of spiritual enlightenment.
"Surf's Up" is a 10/10 song if I have ever heard one.
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