New Stereo 200g 45RPM 2LP Pressing Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Analogue Productions continues their definitive Beach Boys reissue program with first time 200g 45RPM 2LP pressings of Pet Sounds (in both Stereo and Mono) and Surfer Girl (in Stereo). Each classic title has been mastered from the original master tapes or best source available by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, pressed at Quality Records Pressings and comes packaged in a beautiful deluxe "old school" Stoughton tip-on jacket.
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 Brian Wilson – famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger – 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. The stereo editions of Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Beach Boys Christmas Album and Beach Boys Concert were all mixed in stereo by their own 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.
The second of three albums the Beach Boys released in 1963 alone, Surfer Girl found Wilson looming larger than ever in the songwriting department and handling 100% of the production duties for the first time. The Beach Boys' practice of double-tracking their vocals really lends itself to stereo mixes. Split left and right, as they are on a lot of those early stereo versions, those doubled vocal parts can really envelop the listener. Home to the hit title track ballad and hot rod shuffle "Little Deuce Coupe," Surfer Girl made it crystal clear that the Beach Boys had officially become the preeminent American band of the 1960s.
• Stereo 200g 45RPM 2LP pressing from Analogue Productions
• Mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe "Old school" Stoughton tip-on jacket
• Audio Production - Mark Linett
• For Brother Records - Elliott Lott