Beach Boys 6/4/21

Set for release on July 30th is the long-awaited Beach Boys box set, Feel Flows – The Sunflower And Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971. The collection, assembled by producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd with the help of Brother Records consultant Howie Edelson, features newly remastered versions of 1970’s Sunflower set and its 1971 followup, Surf’s Up.

Linett & Boyd are best known for their Grammy Award winning work on the Beach Boys’ 2011 box set, The Smile Sessions, which took home the prize for Best Historical Album.

Feel Flows includes a whopping 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the album sessions — including the majority of the late-Dennis Wilson‘s unfinished 1971 solo set, tentatively titled, Poops/Hubba Hubba.

Howie Edelson provides the new liner notes, which features new and exclusive interviews with the living Beach Boys — Brian WilsonMike LoveAl Jardine, and Bruce Johnston — along with archival quotes from the band’s late-co-founders, Dennis and Carl Wilson, along with others involved with the band during the 1969-1971 period.

Feel Flows will also be released in abbreviated versions including a four-LP set on both black vinyl and limited edition “Translucent Blue” and “Translucent Gold” color vinyl, two-LP black vinyl, and double-CD editions.

We asked Brian Wilson about relocating the Beach Boys in 1967 from Hollywood’s top professional studios into his Bel Air home on Bellagio Road — the band’s musical headquarters for the next five years: [“Well, I wanted to have a home environment trip, where we could record at my house, so we had an engineer build a studio in our den; convert it into a studio. We could function easier, because we were at home at our house. So, the guys knew the house and they knew the studio so they were able to play good.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . to play

Al Jardine reflected back on the sessions at Brian Wilson’s home studio in Bel Air, California: [“It was great because it gave us a chance to express ourselves in the studio. We didn’t have to look at the clock. I mean, there was virtual 24-hour availability to experiment and learn the craft; I should say re-learn, ’cause it’s a learning curve when you record in a studio like that. It’s a home studio, so, you have less to work with. You really have to use your head, because you don’t have all the outboard gear that you normally would have and all the little tricks — the studio equipment’s somewhat limited.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . equipment’s somewhat limited)

Al Jardine recalled how Brian and Carl Wilson had an almost sixth-sense while working together, and how Carl was on top of everything that Brian was laying down: [“He was always very aware of the studio environment. He was a good studio cat. Brian would consult him on things as we grew musically. He trusted Carl and he could bounce things off him before the rest of us. And it was, kind of, a buffer. Carl played kind of that role, and Carl learned a lot from that.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . lot from that)

Mike Love explained that as Brian Wilson’s emotional problems slowed him down as the 1960’s came to a close, the other Beach Boys were forced to pick up the creative reigns: [“Brian ceased being the dominant producer back in the late-’60s into the ’70s. Then other people started taking a bigger hand, like, Bruce (Johnston) got more involved, Carl (Wilson) got more involved and even Dennis did some solo stuff and would, y’know, produce some stuff — and so did Alan (Jardine). So, it got a little more democratic there for a few years.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . a few years)

Amazingly, featured in the new collection are nine previously unreleased Dennis Wilson tracks. Dennis’ son, Carl B. Wilson, who’s also a drummer, is hopeful that even more of his father’s unreleased works will be issued sooner rather than later: [“So, whichever way any of his work can come out, just so long as it’s through the right avenue and can really be done right, then yeah, all that stuff. Ultimately, what I would like is for people to really be able to understand and appreciate what he did. Y’know, I think what it comes down to is, is it worth it for it to come out? And I’ve always (laughs) felt thought that it was.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . that it was)

Bruce Johnston explained the backstory to his most beloved Beach Boys song — the Surf’s Up standout, “Disney Girls”: [“Being in high school, junior high and high school in the ’50s, y’know, the Eisenhower times, just a little more innocence. We were playing Carnegie Hall — I think it was for the second time — so, all of a sudden the Beach Boys went from being so totally uncool, to so totally underground hip, y’know? So, all these kids are jammin’ in there to be cool in there from high school. And they couldn’t wait to show us they inhaled (laughter). So — that’s something I don’t do, and I just thought, ‘Well, I’m gonna write a song about what it was like at my age at 14, 15, 16, and what the times were like and that’s what the song was about.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . song was about)

TL; DR

  • Set for release on July 30th is the long-awaited Beach Boys box set, Feel Flows – The Sunflower And Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971. The box set includes an incredible 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the band’s recording sessions.

SIDE NOTES

The full tracklisting to The Beach Boys’ Feel Flows – The Sunflower And Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 box set is:

DISC 1
Sunflower – original album

1. Slip On Through (2019 master) (2:19)
2. This Whole World (2019 master) (1:58)
3. Add Some Music To Your Day (2019 master) (3:36)
4. Got To Know The Woman (2019 master) (2:43)
5. Deirdre (2019 master) (3:30)
6. It’s About Time (2019 master) (2:57)
7. Tears In The Morning (2019 master) (4:07)
8. All I Wanna Do (2019 master) (2:36)
9. Forever (2019 master) (2:42)
10. Our Sweet Love (2019 master) (2:41)
11. At My Window (2019 master) (2:32)
12. Cool, Cool Water (2019 master) (5:03)
13. Sunflower Promo 1 (previously unreleased) (0:59)

Sunflower – Live
Previously Unreleased – Produced by The Beach Boys
14. This Whole World (Live 1988) (2:10)
15. Add Some Music To Your Day (Live 1993) (3:23)
16. Susie Cincinnati (Live 1976) (2:46)
17. Back Home (Live 1976) (3:15)
18. It’s About Time (Live 1971) (3:45)
19. Riot In Cell Block 9 (Live 1970) (3:34)

Sunflower – bonus tracks
20. Break Away (original 1969 single mix) (2:55)
21. Celebrate The News (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:37)
22. Loop De Loop (previously unreleased 1969 mix) (2:59)
23. San Miguel (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:33)
24. Susie Cincinnati (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (3:02)
25. Good Time (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:56)
26. Two Can Play (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:06)
27. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (2021 stereo mix – previously unreleased) (3:21)

DISC TWO
Surf’s Up – original album

1. Don’t Go Near The Water (2019 master) (2:41)
2. Long Promised Road (2019 master) (3:32)
3. Take A Load Off Your Feet (2019 master) (2:32)
4. Disney Girls (1957) (2019 master) (4:08)
5. Student Demonstration Time (2019 master) (3:59)
6. Feel Flows (2019 master) (4:44)
7. Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) (2019 master) (1:57)
8. A Day In The Life Of A Tree (2019 master) (3:09)
9. Til I Die (2019 master) (2:32)
10. Surf’s Up (2019 master) (4:14)
11. Surf’s Up Promo (previously unreleased) (1:02)

Surf’s Up – Live
Previously Unreleased
12. Take A Load Off Your Feet (Live 1993) (2:35)
13. Long Promised Road (Live 1972) (4:14)
14. Disney Girls (Live 1982) (4:23)
15. Surf’s Up (Live 1973) (4:58)
16. Student Demonstration Time (Live 1971) (4:42)

Surf’s Up – bonus tracks
Previously unreleased (unless otherwise noted)
17. Big Sur (previously unreleased) (2:35)
18. H.E.L.P. Is On The Way (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:31)
19. Sweet And Bitter (previously unreleased) (2:33)
20. My Solution (previously unreleased) (3:44)
21. 4th of July (2019 mix – previously unreleased) (3:11)
22. Sound of Free (1970 single mix, 2019 master) (2:22)
23. Lady (Fallin’ In Love) (1970 stereo mix – previously unreleased) (2:21)
24. Seasons In The Sun (previously unreleased) (3:27)

DISC THREE
Sunflower – sessions

Previously unreleased
1. Sunflower Promo 2 (previously unreleased) (0:59)
2. Slip On Through (track and backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:47)
3. This Whole World (long version track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:10)
4. Add Some Music To Your Day (track and backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:35)
5. Deirdre (track – previously unreleased) (3:34)
6. It’s About Time (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:53)
7. Tears In The Morning (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:08)
8. All I Wanna Do (session intro, track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:46)
9. Forever (session highlights – previously unreleased) (3:36)
10. Forever (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:01)
11. Our Sweet Love (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:39)
12. At My Window (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:50)
13. Cool Cool Water (alternate 2019 mix – previously unreleased) (6:24)
14. San Miguel (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:57)
15. Loop De Loop (track – previously unreleased) (2:49)
16. Good Time (session intro, track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:27)
17. When Girls Get Together (track – previously unreleased) (1:47)
18. Slip On Through (alternate 1969 mix with session intro – previously unreleased) (3:25)
19. Our Sweet Love (string section – previously unreleased) (1:00)

1969-1970 – a Capella
Previously unreleased
20. San Miguel (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (1:00)
21. Break Away (Tag) (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:18)
22. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (2:44)
23. Good Time (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:19)
24. This Whole World (backing vocals section – previously unreleased) (1:05)
25. Add Some Music To Your Day (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (3:30)
26. Got To Know The Woman (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (2:52)
27. It’s About Time (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:50)
28. All I Wanna Do (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (2:58)
29. Forever (previously unreleased 2019 a Cappella mix) (2:52)

DISC FOUR
Surf’s Up – sessions

Previously unreleased
1. Don’t Go Near The Water (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:45)
2. Long Promised Road (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:38)
3. Take A Load Off Your Feet (alternate vocal – previously unreleased) (2:28)
4. Disney Girls (1957) (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:17)
5. Student Demonstration Time (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:46)
6. Feel Flows (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (5:02)
7. Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) (session intro and alternate mix – previously unreleased) (2:43)
8. A Day In The Life Of A Tree (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:55)
9. Til I Die (long version with alternate lyrics – previously unreleased) (4:47)
(Brian Wilson)
10. Surf’s Up (2019 mix – previously unreleased) (4:08)
(Brian Wilson-Van Dyke Parks)
11. (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again (extended 2019 – previously unreleased) (6:50)
(Dennis Wilson-Stanley Shapiro)

Surf’s Up – a Capella
Previously unreleased
12. Don’t Go Near The Water (previously unreleased 2020 a Cappella mix) (2:36)
(Alan Jardine-Mike Love)
13. Long Promised Road (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (4:00)
14. Feel Flows (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:33)
15. Disney Girls (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:36)
16. A Day In The Life Of A Tree (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:32)
17. Til I Die (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (2:36)
18. Surf’s Up (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (4:04)

Bonus Tracks
Previously unreleased
19. I Just Got My Pay (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:43)
20. Walkin’ (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:44)
21. When Girls Get Together (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (3:45)
22. Baby Baby (previously unreleased) (3:13)
23. Awake (previously unreleased) (3:44)
24. It’s A New Day (previously unreleased) (2:20)

DISC FIVE
Bonus Disc
Previously unreleased
1. This Whole World (alternate ending – previously unreleased) (1:41)
2. Add Some Music To Your Day (previously unreleased alternate version) (3:27)
3. Don’t Go Near The Water (alternate version – previously unreleased) (2:42)
4. Surf’s Up Part 1 (1971 remake track with 1966 Brian vocal – previously unreleased) (1:41)
5. Soulful Old Man Sunshine (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (3:14)
(Brian Wilson-Rick Henn-Don Ralke)
6. I’m Goin’ Your Way (previously unreleased alternate mix) (2:24)
(Dennis Wilson)
7. Where Is She (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:22)
(Brian Wilson)
8. Carnival (Over The Waves/Sobra Las Olas) (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (1:34)
9. It’s Natural (previously unreleased) (2:35)
10. Medley: All Of My Love / Ecology (previously unreleased) (5:05)
11. Before (previously unreleased) (2:25)
12. Behold The Night (previously unreleased) (2:26)
13. Old Movie (Cuddle Up) (previously unreleased) (3:37)
14. Hawaiian Dream (previously unreleased) (4:33)
15. Settle Down / Sound Of Free (basic session outtake – previously unreleased) (2:17)
16. I’ve Got A Friend (previously unreleased) (2:26)
17. Til I Die (piano demo – previously unreleased) (1:55)
18. Back Home (previously unreleased demo) (2:20)
19. Back Home (alternate version – previously unreleased) (2:34)
20. Won’t You Tell Me (demo – previously unreleased) (2:01)
21. Won’t You Tell Me (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:54)
22. Barbara (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:59)
23. Slip On Through (early version track) (2:48)
24. Susie Cincinnati (basic session highlights – previously unreleased) (3:05)
25. My Solution (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:04)
26. You Never Give Me Your Money (previously unreleased) (0:40)
27. Medley: Happy Birthday, Brian / God Only Knows (previously unreleased) (2:47)
28. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:32)
29. Marcella (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (3:27)