A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California, and has conquered the world from there. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate re-releases of the fourteen most important Beach Boys albums. Remastered by Kevin Gray mostly from the original master tapes, re-mastered, galvanized and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, one of the best pressing plants in the world, these recordings offer an overwhelming experience. And the sight of each album matches its outstanding sound! They are presented in old school Stoughton covers with hand glued-on covers, recognizable by the typical fold, so that these time-honored LP classics are even more impressive than the original!
"Sunflower" is considered by most fans - and some of the Beach Boys themselves - as their best work after "Pet Sounds". More than any other Beach Boys album, this one is a true group effort, with Carl Wilson overseeing the production and mixing. Brian Wilson himself was heavily involved in the creation of this album, which contains one of his most enduring compositions, "This Whole World", and also an extended version of a fragment from the recordings for "Smile", "Cool Cool Water", which offers the listener some particularly complex and playful intertwined vocal parts. Sunflower" also features some of Dennis Wilson's best work, including the fast track at the beginning of the album, "Slip On Through", and the classic Beach Boys ballad "Forever".
"Sunflower", originally entitled "Add Some Music" (after the group's first single for Warner, "Add Some Music To Your Day", which was not played on the radio often enough to become a hit), underwent several changes in its compilation before it was finally released in late summer 1970. The album, hailed by the British music press as the "Beach Boys' Sgt. Pepper album", flopped in sales despite glowing reviews and great applause for its rich sonic structure (in no small part due to the Beach Boys' sound engineer, Stephen Desper, a renowned pioneer of quadrophony and surround sound technology).
Label: Capitol Records, Analogue Productions, Brother Records
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered