Inside the Music: Surf's Up

Inside the Music: Surf's Up

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Inside the Music: Surf's Up

Among the first wave of DVD-audio compilations, this ten-song disc constitutes roughly the equivalent of a mid-line surf music CD compilation, though its retail price seems to range from 19 dollars (the low-end of DVD audio prices) to 28 dollars (the high-end). The 25-minute running time is a little skimpy, but it also doesn't waste any of the selections, which are drawn from Capitol-EMI's vaults. Most of what's here is on the obvious side, for reasons that are plain: Jan & Dean's "Surf City," "Ride the Wild Surf," and "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"; the Fantastic Baggys' "Summer Means Fun"; the Sandals' "Theme From 'Endless Summer'"; the T-Bones' "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)"; the Sunrays' "I Live for the Sun"; "Pipeline" as done by the Ventures; and the Beach Boys doing "Dance, Dance, Dance." And then, in an unexpected twist, we get a track cut during the '70s by guys who were clearly trying to say something more profound than celebrate the next wave: "Sail on, Sailor" by the Beach Boys; the only thing cooler would have been if the producers had actually had the Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" here. The six-channel surround audio (in compatible Dolby Digital and DTS) does, indeed, put you "inside the music" and is a total immersion experience that is never less than impressive and sometimes downright surreal, as with the massed voices of Jan & Dean (and the uncredited Brian Wilson) on "Surf's Up." "I Live for the Sun" in the remix here also reveals some pleasing details to the rhythm guitars and jangly 12-string in the original song, and all of the underscoring on each of these cuts is nicely exposed in the same manner. Incidentally, the Beach Boys evidently rated a completely separate remix session from everything else on this disc. The visual accompaniment, for those with DVD video players, consists of black-and-white photo-still montages devoted to each act and the song at hand; in the case of the T-Bones, the Fantastic Baggys, and the Sandals, that means just a generic beach or surf shot, and for the Sunrays, that means one still and the art from this CD's cover, but most of the other acts have a little variety. The disc is also programmed to serve as audio wallpaper, starting over automatically after it reaches the last song.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Silverline
UPC: 0676628803691
catalogNumber: 288036


  1. Surf City
  2. Pipeline
  3. I Live for the Sun
  4. Dance, Dance, Dance
  5. Ride the Wild Surf
  6. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
  7. Summer Means Fun
  8. The Little Old Lady from Pasadena
  9. Sail on Sailor
  10. Endless Summer (Theme)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Track Performer
Jan & Dean   Track Performer
Ventures   Track Performer
Fantastic Baggys   Track Performer
Sunrays   Track Performer
Jannelle Guillot   Voiceover

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Carl Wilson   Composer
Jan Berry   Composer
John Blakeley   Composer
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Granville Burland   Composer
Ken Caillat   Executive Producer
Walter Georis   Composer
Tandyn Almer   Composer
Don Altfeld   Composer
John Trickett   Producer,Executive Producer
Victor Hall   Art Direction
Leo Rossi   Executive Producer
Masaya Murakami   Graphic Design
Claus Trelby   Engineer
Chuck Ybarra   Art Direction
Roger Christian   Composer
Diane Caillat   Studio Manager
Morgan Caillat   Assistant Project Coordinator
Jack Rieley   Composer

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