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The Beach Boys
AM Pop,Contemporary Pop/Rock,Sunshine Pop
August 31, 1970
Date of recording:
January 9, 1969 - July 21, 1970
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1484 mb
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Sunflower is the 16th studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released in August 1970, and their first on Reprise Records. record charts during a four-week stay, and becoming the lowest-charting Beach Boys album to that point. In the UK, the album performed better, peaking at number 29.

Sunflower is the 16th studio album by American rock group The Beach Boys, released in August 1970, and their first on Reprise Records. The album was met with an enthusiastic critical reception which contrasted with unexpectedly poor sales, reaching only number 151 on US record charts during a four-week stay, and becoming the lowest charting Beach Boys album at that point. In 2003, Sunflower was voted 380 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" Contents.

After Reprise rejected what was to be their debut album for the label, the Beach Boys re-entered the studio to begin work on what would become a largely different set of songs. The results signaled a creative rebirth for the band, a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-'60s material. Though the songwriting didn't quite reach the high quality of "California Girls" or "God Only Knows," Sunflower showed the Beach Boys truly working as a band, and doing so better than they ever had in the past (or would in the future).

Band Name The Beach Boys. Album Name Sunflower. Data wpisu Sierpień 1970. Wydawcy Reprise Records Brother Records. Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album5. 7. Tears In The Morning. 8. All I Wanna Do. 9. Forever.

But despite Sunflower's merits and critical acclaim, it was not a financial success, which didn't bode well as the inauguration of the Beach Boys' brand new era. Some say out of strife and tension comes the best music, and while this doesn't apply to the band's follow-up, Surf's Up, at least it can be said that they got one last good record in there before they really started sucking. Most touching about the album is Brian Wilson's suite-like three-song contribution as the album's closing, clearly influenced by Paul McCartney's suite on Abbey Road. By now truly marginalized, the first two tracks document his resignation to fall away. A Day in the Life of a Tree" opens with the lines, "Feel the wind burn through my skin/ The pain, the air is killing me," and on the organ driven "Til I Die," he laments being "a cork on the ocean/ Floating over the raging se.

the first two parts of the 1970 Sunflower track. It’s a beautiful and abstract musical piece that recalls the sound of water, running or dripping, without a clear melody, but I could listen to it on an endless loop all day long. To me it sounds strikingly modern for a track that is over 50 years old. 110 views · View 3 Upvoters. Related QuestionsMore Answers Below

The first Beach Boys album that feels like a cohesive group effort. Every member has their moment to shine and nearly every song is superb, which makes this their best album since Pet Sounds. Bruce contributes two of his best songs, gorgeous ballads Deidre and Tears In The Morning. Carl Wilson with his sunny, cute Our Sweet Love, even Al wrote a fantastic song, underrated folk tune At My Window. But it’s Dennis who shines the most here,. Or consider a donation?

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Slip On Through Dennis Wilson The Beach Boys 2:19
2 This Whole World Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 1:58
3 Add Some Music To Your Day Joe Knott / Mike Love / Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 3:35
4 Got To Know the Woman Dennis Wilson The Beach Boys 2:43
5 Deirdre Bruce Johnston / Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 3:29
6 It's About Time Bob Burchman / Al Jardine / Dennis Wilson The Beach Boys 2:57
7 Tears In the Morning Bruce Johnston The Beach Boys 4:11
8 All I Wanna Do Mike Love / Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 2:36
9 Forever Greg Jacobson / Dennis Wilson The Beach Boys 2:42
10 Our Sweet Love Al Jardine / Brian Wilson / Carl Wilson The Beach Boys 2:42
11 At My Window Al Jardine / Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 2:34
12 Cool, Cool Water Mike Love / Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 5:03


The Beach Boys - Primary Artist, Producer
Bob Burchman - Composer
Stephen W. Desper - Engineer, Mixing
Greg Jacobson - Composer
Al Jardine - Composer
Bruce Johnston - Composer
Joe Knott - Composer
Mike Love - Composer
Ricci Martin - Cover Photo
Mo Oslin - Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher - Art Direction, Photography
Brian Wilson - Composer
Carl Wilson - Composer
Dennis Wilson - Composer
  • RUL
This is another strong album in a very underrated period for the Beach Boys,. Also known as the best democratic effort, with each member providing some strong contributions. Of course, the best songs on this album have a Brian Wilson songwriting credit, but that doesn't take anything away from Dennis.Dennis Wilson has 4 songs on the album, all of them being pretty strong. His best would be the lovely ballad "Forever". The album opener and "Got to know the Woman" are very funky and show him having a good time. "It's about time" is another hard rocker with Carl's voice and driving percussion.Bruce has two additions, one being the pretty "Deidre" with a very nice harmony on the chorus. "Tears" may be the only track that goes stale after a while, since the rest of the album has so much replay value, particularly Brian's songsThe best composition on this album, being under 2 minutes long is "This Whole World". Showing Brian's great sense of melody and chord progressions, it is only highlighted by getting Carl to sing it. "Add some Music" is a nice group effort mostly written by Brian, conveying their love of music. It has a very nice breakdown leading - "music is in my soul""All I Wanna Do" is not your typical Love/Wilson collaboration, but is one oft the best tracks on the album, even if it is drenched in delay. It is one of their more psychedelic songs, but a very easy listen. The last 3 songs are a great finish to the album, characterized by what we'd expect from the Beach Boys; harmonies, nice melodies and chord progressions. "Cool Cool Water" is the token track from the aborted Smile sessions for this album and is a very nice closer. Even if it has a few questionable lyrics, it's another easy listen like the rest of this album. This album is probably one great track away from being a 10/10, but gets a 9 for being the best group effort the Beach Boys put out
  • Riavay
Best song: All I Wanna Do, Forever, Cool, Cool WaterAfter the messy fallout of the band's split with Capitol (in which Capitol fired them and pulled their albums from print but the band somehow still owed Capitol one more album, which became Live in London), the band might have looked upon its new contract with Reprise Records as a life raft sent from heaven (with a little help from Van Dyke Parks, who pulled some strings with Warner Bros. to make this happen), in which they'd be able to work on their music with less pressure and nagging interference from the suits upstairs. Any sense that life was about to get easier would have been shattered during the recording sessions for Sunflower; the album they initially submitted to Reprise (under the title Add Some Music) was rejected, and the subsequent rejection of another version of the album came with veiled threats to dump the band from the label if they didn't improve quickly. At last, by the end of July 1970, the band and the label had come to an agreement of what should be released, and by August Sunflower was out in the market. It was their worst selling album yet (the US performance was especially poor), but the critical response was generally positive, and the passage of time has generally worked in favor of the reputation of this album. There is a sizable contingent of Beach Boys fan who regard this, not Pet Sounds, as the band's overall peak, and while I definitely can't go that far (personally I would also rate Today! as clearly above this, and I'd also slot Wild Honey higher), I can happily regard this one of the band's best (it's also shockingly long for a Beach Boys album, coming in at a whopping 36:55, a minute longer than Pet Sounds). In terms of grade, I waffled between a 4 stars and a 4 1/2 stars about a dozen times, and while I ultimately settled on the greater of the two, I don't totally feel great about it, and it's definitely less secure in its grade than is Wild Honey (which is much shorter but whose awesome-per-second density is definitely better). Still, that type of waffling is somewhat irrelevant in the greater scheme of things; what's most important to me is that the band had once again managed to face down tremendous adversity and emerge triumphant, in circumstances that would have left most bands stumbling about to make something half as decent as this. The two-fer with this and Surf's Up is an essential purchase for anybody who likes The Beach Boys but hasn't yet gone beyond their 60s work.
  • Fawrindhga
The third version of an album Warners initially had refused to release (the second was titled Add Some Music). Ironically, all the reworking was a good idea. A couple tracks are awful (Al's nightmarishly innocent "At My Window," with an embarassing French voiceover), the coefficient of cheese is nearly maximal ("Deirdre"; Bruce's made-for-Vegas "Tears In The Morning"), and the sound is thoroughly retro (the doo-wopping "This Whole World"; Dennis' wonderfully amusing Elvis imitation on "Got To Know The Woman"). But if you can wade through all the corniness, you'll discover a fine, tuneful effort, with plenty of gems like "Add Some Music To Your Day," "It's About Time," and Dennis' "Forever" - he'd reached his peak as a vocalist. Best of all, there's a brilliant 1968 Brian Wilson leftover, the uplifting, nearly a capella suite "Cool, Cool Water." Most of the unreleased Add Some Music tracks surfaced eventually, with "Take A Load Off Your Feet" making it to the next album; Dennis' fine "Lady" (a.k.a. "Fallin' In Love") was a noticeable exception.
  • Golden freddi
This album reached an astonishingly low #151 on the charts when released in 1970. In reality it is a Beach Boys gem with mostly excellent songs. All the band members contribute equally in creating this fantastic album. Not much can be said except this is a must-listen for not only Beach Boys fans, but the wider public in general. "This Whole World" is an astonishing track. As is "All I Wanna Do", which sounds like it could've been recorded by Tame Impala in 2017. "Cool, Cool Water" is from the Wild Honey sessions, and is a great closer to this record.
  • Braswyn
Rating: AWith Brian actively participating along with everybody else, Dennis and Bruce in particular hitting personal peaks, Sunflower sees the band full of optimism after switching record labels, though the album ended up being a disheartening commercial failure despite being a major artistic success. The original version of this album was originally titled Add Some Music and was rejected by Reprise as being not good enough, but take two certainly was, and I'd rank Sunflower as their fourth best overall album and their best non-Brian dominated album. Engineer Steve Desper deserves a lot of credit for the album's sparkling sound quality, as again the band delivered a warmly upbeat, summery pop album that has in recent years finally started to get some long overdue acclaim. The harmonies are amazing throughout, and Sunflower is a lovely, uplifting, and varied album. Much of the variety comes from Dennis, who delivers the harder edged numbers, starting with the tuneful pop rocker "Slip On Through" and also including the horny yet humorous "Got To Know The Woman," which has a funky rockabilly flavor, and "It's About Time," another convincing rocker sung by Carl. Of course, Dennis' main contribution to Sunflower, indeed the best song he ever wrote, is "Forever," which is simply one of the most beautiful and romantic love songs ever. I don't know what's more perfect, his crooned lead vocal or his bandmates' airy harmonies, and even Brian was moved to comment "'Forever' has to be the most harmonically beautiful thing I've ever's a rock and roll prayer." For his part, Bruce is the primary writer and singer on "Dierdre," a light and airy lovely, and the melodramatic "Tears In The Morning," whose tale of broken romance is at odds with the rest of the album. It's still a fine song, however, and unsurprisingly Brian also delivers some first rate stuff, including "This Whole World," an easily loveable mini-masterpiece (1:56) on which Carl sings lead (you can always tell because he's the band's most soulful and powerful singer), the joyous, gloriously harmonious "Add Some Music To Your Day," which should've been a big hit but unfortunately wasn't, and "Cool, Cool Water," on which Brian the production maestro is again at the peak of his powers. The album's longest (5:03) and most experimental track, this water evoking multi-sectioned number is almost impossible to describe so I'd suggest you simply check it out for yourself (it’s great!). Other lovely Brian tracks like the Love-sung "All I Wanna Do," which has a wispy Friends-like fragility, and the lush Carl-sung "Our Sweet Love," also fit in just right, and even Al's strange, child-like "At My Window" has its moments as well. All in all, despite some corny moments and slight songs as per usual, Sunflower is just a beginning-to-end pleasure to listen to, as the band was really onto something special here (helped in part by songwriting contributions from non-band members on three key songs).
  • Snowseeker
Sunflower opens a new decade for the Beach Boys and a new contract with Warner Bros/Reprise. It has a slightly auspicious history, at first being rejected by the label until it was re-sequenced and new material written and recorded. In spite of all that, it's one of the strongest album statements they ever released other than Pet Sounds. The way it was overlooked and dismissed by the public at the time of release is downright criminal.Dennis Wilson nearly carries this album, with great tunes such as the opener "Slip On Through", plus the rockers "Got to Know the Woman" and "It's About Time," and the tender ballad "Forever".Brian comes through with "This Whole World" and "Add Some Music to Your Day". Bruce Johnston contributes a couple of worthwhile tracks as well ("Deirdre" and "Tears in the Morning"). "Cool Cool Water" is another track from the aborted Smile album; the song being a rewrite and restructuring of "Love to Say Dada".This fine album made for a great start for the group on Reprise. It's their best collaborative effort without Brian Wilson being the main creative spearhead; too bad so few people were paying attention at this point.
  • Best West
A very, very good album. Given the chance I'd rate the album halfway between 4 and 4.5.To be honest when I first found the recording I had a preconception that it wasn't of the 'stature' that Pet Sounds held, although pop press doesn't actually contribute to an album's quality, more it's perception. Secondly, I had reservations about the slightly toothpaste/normcore sounding Doors vamp/vocal on the opening track. Like, if the Doors were nice, normal boys that smiled in their photos, you'd have Slip on Through - opening track on Sunflower, the Beach Boys.BUTThe rest of the album is outstanding - great melodies, great melodic writing, just enough rock & R&B influences to stop the proceedings from melting into a tepid 'vocal pop' album; every track on the album is a hit. Some armchair experts/critics have noted the original version of the album was pulled, either because it wasn't commercial enough or maybe it was just . . . bad - Cool Cool Water finds the Beach Boys heading off into experimental territory that's really just aimless harmony vocalizing and wooshing keyboard sounds - although the album is great, the last two tracks show signs of the Beach Boys mawkish/aimless tendencies that would mark later efforts, although some might say the final track is their favorite track. Who can say really? The band is about compositions and harmonies, not a specific personality, and tracks like this emphasize the fact somewhat.As an afterthought, the track All I Wanna Do is so coated with sugary/fake studio reverb as to sound a little out of place. Despite this, the track's goopy production somehow predicts the ambience of canned/synth pop that would dominate airwaves 14 years later, and then later become a template for acts like Beach House.
  • Naril
The Beach Boys’ best post Pet Sounds album, Sunflower is a real collaborative piece, and while Brian provides the highlight with “This Whole World”, everyone has their moment in the sun(flower), but what makes the album standout is that unlike the albums that followed (and many that proceeded it) there is no real filler here. Dennis provides the lovely “Forever” and the rocking “Slip on Through”, while Bruce gives us the lovely “Tears In The Morning” and the melodic “Deirdre”.
  • Vozilkree
They certainly sound like they know what they're doing this time, which I sure as shit couldn't say the last few times around...Sunflower's gained a sort of reputation as the forgotten Beach Boys classic, having been out of print for forever and known by only a few hardcores who argued endlessly over the merits of this album versus Surf's Up or Carl and the Passions or whatever. Brian has less of an influence on this record than any he's had so far...his descent from the lofty, megalomaniacal throne on which he strained in the mid-60's (sorry) to not even knowing when the other Beach Boys were going to release their new shit (I love his quotes in Wouldn't It Be Nice where he says things like 'I had absolutely nothing to do with that album.' about Carl and the Passions, as if he's somehow absolved for letting his bandmates release a steaming pile of pig vomit instead of dragging himself together and trying to help them out like he did on Surf's Up). I guess there's only so much unreleased Smile stuff lying around, and you can't waste it all at once because wasn't there some stipulation in their new label Epic that there had to be a certain number of Brian songs on each album? Sheeit, doncha think the label wished they'd known that they'd be getting better material out of Carl and Dennis than they ever would from Mr. Brain around this time? On the other hand, the Beach Boys were getting some jerking around of their own, as Epic declined to release their dull Landlocked album for lack of any clear hits, so Sunflower is a quickie second effort...lemme tell ya, Epic is some wise buncha assholes! It may not make the artists feel too good, but I'm glad the suits stood up and let it be known they wouldn't be accepting any shit from these guys...
  • Maman
Quick Review:Mundane entities plague Sunflower, so many of the songs feel like they talk about bland subjects and The Wilson's do nothing to put substance into those songs. There are a few nice songs like Add Some Music To Your Day, with Deidre being the best song on the album. It's definitely in my opinion not as strong as Smiley Smile. But if you are going through their discography, this is a critical favorite in a post Pet Sounds world. But I don't think it aged that well.6.3/10