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Surfin Round World
Genres: Pop, Rock
U.S. CD debut for 1963 Columbia album in its entirety, plus three rare bonus tracks - 'Down Under' (Unissued Instrumental), 'The Hamptons' (Unissued Instrumental) & 'Surfin' 'Round The World' (Unissued Alternate Version... more »
U.S. CD debut for 1963 Columbia album in its entirety, plus three rare bonus tracks - 'Down Under' (Unissued Instrumental), 'The Hamptons' (Unissued Instrumental) & 'Surfin' 'Round The World' (Unissued Alternate Version). 15 tracks total. Johnston eventually joined The Beach Boys. 1997 Sundazed release.
Artistically --- a wipe-out
Bernard Perusse | 12/09/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This 1963 outing by the Beach-Boy-in-waiting will be of interest only to pop historians and Beach Boy completists. While it does have a slight period charm and above-average production values for the time, the material is pedestrian teen exploitation. Makes Jan and Dean look like visionaries."
The best of Johnston's pre-BB works is fun-filled
sml17 | Pleasantville, USA | 05/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've read other reviews, or know something about west coast pop music history, you know that Bruce Johnston will go down in history as the sixth Beach Boy, replacing Brian Wilson on the road and adding his vocal and composition talents to the band from 1965 on. What many don't know is that he and partner Terry Melcher were on the cutting edge of developing a "teen music" department for the otherwise prolific Columbia Records empire. As songwriter/producer/performers, they racked up a bunch of regional hits on the coattails of the so. cal.surf/car sound led by Jan & Dean and, later, the Beach Boys. This album is the best of all other solo albums so far released by Beach man Bruce. It lacks the regional hit "Do The Surfer Stomp", but contains lots of cool material. I recommend it for BB/BJ completists, and all of you hodads and gremmies looking for an early 60s retro party CD to play while you all try to duplicate the dances and attitudes of those old surf films and sand-kicking parties immortalised by the Annette & Frankie movies. You'll hear an obvious homage to Uncle Ray in "Biarrtz", an instrumental based on "What I Say"; you'll hear Bruce's fun voice on the title cut, "Surfin's Here To Stay", and my favourite "The Hamptons" (now that I've been to Long Island...); the album contains three bonus tracks, two of which are backing tracks from the album, and the other an alternate take of the title cut. Top notch musicianship, pop-craft early 60s production by Terry, and hook-filled songs by Bruce. This 1963 release is reissued on CD in stereo, with original front cover art and a brief interview with Bruce inside. Buy it. Now."