February 27, 2017 Learnin’ Now

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The Beach Boys, Surfin’ Safari, Capitol DT-1808, 1962

How they managed to pull this off, I still don’t know.  Sure, they were a phenomenally talented teen vocal group, but The Beach Boys took what is basically a novelty tune and turned it into a legendary 55 year career.  I suppose if they lived a little farther away from Hollywood, California and its plethora of record companies it might not have happened, but all Murray Wilson had to do to get his boys’ group signed to a major label was find a Capitol producer and pester him into signing “his” group to release a single, Surfin’ Safari, that sold well enough for Capitol to take a chance on this album.

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The group name, while cheesy and hard to sell once the surfing craze ended, was at least appropriate here.  They were selling a surfing record, and they were boys.  There’s an explanation of what surfing is, which was something The Beatles and The Rolling Stones never though to have on their records, and they really were boys.  David Marks was just 14 and Carl was 15 when they played on this record.

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It’s also pretty impressive that most of the songs were penned by the group too, something very rare in the fall of 1962.  Sure, they’re not quite up to the level of their later work, but it was clear from this start that this group was going to be big.  These records are often available in great shape for not much money, and now that I have all of them, it’s time for you to get out there and go surfin with me.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $4, $370 Remaining

 

 

 

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