Surf's Up is the 17th studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released in 1971. It was met with a warm critical reception and reached number 29 on the US record charts, becoming their highest-charting LP of new music in the US since 1967. In the UK, Surf's Up peaked at number 15, continuing a string of top 40 records that had not abated since 1965.
Both the album's title and cover artwork are an ironic, self-aware nod to the band's early surfing image. It was named after the closing track "Surf's Up", a song which had been written and partially recorded in 1966 for the group's unfinished album Smile. Surf's Up's creative direction was largely influenced by newly employed band manager Jack Rieley, who strove to reinvent the group's image and reintroduce them to the era's counterculture. Two singles were issued in the US: "Long Promised Road" and "Surf's Up". Only the former charted, peaking at number 89.
In 2004, the album was voted 154 in a German edition of Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and ranked 61 on Pitchfork Media's "The Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s". It is listed in the musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Label: Capitol Records 509996 98175 19
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
A1 Don't Go Near The Water
A2 Long Promised Road
A3 Take A Load Off Your Feet
A4 Disney Girls (1957)
A5 Student Demonstration Time
B1 Feel Flows
B2 Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
B3 A Day In The Life Of A Tree
B4 Til I Die
B5 Surf's Up