The Beach Boys Surfin' USA on Hybrid Stereo/Mono SACD from Analogue Productions
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Best Available Sources: Hear Both Audiophile-Quality Mono and Stereo Mixes of Beach Boys' Surfin' USA on Analogue Productions' Stellar Reissue
The surf is always up on this stellar SACD reissue of the Beach Boys' Surfin' USA from Analogue Productions. Offering the best of both mono and stereo worlds, it is mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the best available sources. Now you can compare and contrast the benefits of each format while enjoying the 1963 album in the best fidelity it's ever known on a digital release.
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. 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.
Surfin' USA was mixed in stereo by the Beach Boys' preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group's supervision.
"Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions - evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck's skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own - but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market," says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys' archivist.
• Hybrid Stereo/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' USA Track Listing:
1. Surfin' U.S.A.
2. Farmer's Daughter
5. Lonely Sea
6. Shut Down
7. Noble Surfer
8. Honky Tonk
10. Surf Jam
11. Let's Go Trippin'
12. Finders Keepers