Ahead of The Beach Boys forthcoming new box set, Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971, the legendary group have shared two previously unheard tracks.
The new release is due on August 27th via Capitol/UMe and boasts an incredible 135 tracks, including a staggering 108 previously unreleased songs. On top of that, there’s also live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions taken from those famous sessions.
Today, the group have shared a brand new a capella version of ‘Surf’s Up’, which was written for their notorious Smile album but became the titular track of a later album. Meanwhile, they’ve also shared a ‘reimagined mix’ of ‘This Whole World’, which initially appeared on their 1970 album, Sunflower.
Brian Wilson’s lead vocal on ‘Surf’s Up’, remarkably was recorded in 1966 during the aborted Smile sessions, before the group returned to the song and finally completed it in 1971.
‘This Whole World’, meanwhile, has been recreated for Feel Flows and features a stunning alternate lead vocal take from Carl Wilson, plus an unheard lead vocal part from Brian Wilson, which didn’t make the cut on the original.
Feel Flows is to honour 50 years of The Beach Boys’ duo of albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up, which came out in 1969, and 1971 respectively. The expansive five CD box-set promises to explore these two years of the band’s career in depth.
The press release states: “Housed in a book style package, the set is rounded out with a 48-page book loaded with unreleased and rare photos, lyric sheets, tape box images, recording artifacts, insightful new liner notes by noted radio veteran and Beach Boys afficionado Howie Edelson, and new and archival interviews from Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and others.“
Listen to the two tracks below.