The record is filled out with the lyrically simplistic 'Heads You Win, Tails I Lose', the faintly ludicrous 'Cuckoo Clock' and a couple of covers.They'd yet to fully assert themselves in the studio, this was a quickly recorded album as was the norm of the times. Readers Comments Gary Michael [email protected] album is a product of its time, and it has some corny moments, but it is saved by its youthful energy and fine playing by the young band.
'409' is the first in a long line of car songs the group performed.It's very childlike, charming in a way but not as developed a sound as they would display on future productions.'Chug A Lug' has lyrics introducing elements of the characters of each member of the group.The Beach Boys albums were the windows into that world, with each song being part of the soundtrack - a TOTAL image - which perhaps wasn't completely truthful, but still nonetheless beautiful and alluring - Brian was a monumental myth builder and a top notch salesman of his "fantasy world." It's an image that came to represent not only California but the USA as well in many people minds.Thank God he was also a brilliant song writer as well! is album is the first of those windows and as such is perfect - right down to it's cover photo of 5 young guys gazing out towards the open sea, scanning the horizon, hungry to catch that wave.