The Beach Boys Surfin' Safari on Hybrid Mono SACD
Analogue Productions Beach Boys Reissue Series!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio / Original Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision
Analogue Productions is pleased to announce that they will be reissuing 14 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boys titles, each expertly mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio and presented in "old style" Stoughton Printing tip-on jackets. 200g Mono editions of Surfin' Safari, Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down Vol. 2 will be issued in December 2014 followed by 200g Stereo editions of Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down Vol. 2 in January 2015. 200g Mono & Stereo editions of All Summer Long, Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Beach Boys' Party!, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile plus 200g Stereo editions of Sunflower, Surf's Up and Holland will follow later in 2015. Hybrid SACD editions of each album will also be available.
To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, their Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson’s supervision were how the surf-rock California crew rose to fame in the first place. For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968.
In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master. Bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!
Analogue Productions has taken 11 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory! But there’s no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So they’ve got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions of 13 titles as well.
Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes or best sources available, these are awesome recordings to experience and the look of each album befits its sonic superiority. All 14 of the Beach Boys Analogue Productions reissues will be offered on Hybrid SACD with Surfin' Safari only available on Hybrid Mono SACD and Pet Sounds offered in 5.1 Multichannel with both the Mono and Stereo Mixes.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July of 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The album's title track along with "409" and debut single "Surfin" all became hits. With the Wilson/Love songwriting partnership and Wilson's musical leadership, the Beach Boys' surf-rock signature sound helped make them the preeminent American band of the 1960s.
• Hybrid Mono SACD
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tapes or best sources available
• Original mono mixes created under Brian Wilson's supervision
• Compatible with both SACD and CD players
The Beach Boys Surfin' Safari Track Listing:
1. Surfin' Safari
2. County Fair
3. Ten Little Indians
5. Little Miss America
8. Heads You Win - Tailes I Lose
9. Summertime Blues
10. Cuckoo Clock
11. Moon Dawg
12. The Shift