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Released: August 21, 1970

Rating: 4.193 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: surf music

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Slip on Through
  2. This Whole World
  3. Add Some Music to Your Day
  4. Got to Know the Woman
  5. Deirdre
  6. It’s about Time
  7. Tears in the Morning
  8. All I Wanna Do
  9. Forever
  10. Our Sweet Love
  11. At My Window
  12. Cool, Cool Water


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 151
peak on U.K. album chart 29

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Add Some Music to Your Day (3/7/70) #65 US

Notes: In 2000, this album was paired with the Beach Boys’ 1971 Surf’s Up on CD.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Beach Boys
“After Reprise rejected what was to be their debut album for the label, the Beach Boys re-entered the studio to begin work on what would become a largely different set of songs. The results signaled a creative rebirth for the band, a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-‘60s material. Though the songwriting didn’t quite reach the high quality of ‘California Girls’ or ‘God Only Knows,’ Sunflower showed the Beach Boys truly working as a band, and doing so better than they ever had in the past (or would in the future)” (Bush).

“After a succession of spare, unadorned lead vocals on rock-oriented albums like Wild Honey and 20/20, Sunflower returned the Beach Boys to gorgeous vocal harmonies on the tracks Add Some Music to Your Day, Cool, Cool Water, and This Whole World. And the arrangements, tight and inventive, showed Brian Wilson once again back near the top of his game (though the production is credited to the entire band).

“Many of the songs were co-compositions, and the undeniable songwriting and performance talents of Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were finally allowed to flourish: Dennis contributed Slip on Through, Forever, and Got to Know the Woman, while Bruce wrote "Deirdre and Tears in the Morning” (Bush).

Sunflower is…a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the Beach Boys since Pet Sounds. As with that album, Sunflower earned critical raves in Britain but was virtually ignored in America” (Bush).

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Last updated May 29, 2008.