This CD collects two albums released within weeks of each other in 1964. The title tracks from both albums were hits, as was "Sidewalk Surfin'" and "The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review & Timing Association," the latter of which boasts one of the longest song titles in the history of the Billboard charts. Ride the Wild Surf is devoted to surf, beach, and skateboard music, and ends with a comedy skit somewhat reminiscent of the Smothers Brothers. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena is more varied, adding hot rod songs, novelties, and the gorgeous pure pop of "It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3." The CD adds a previously unreleased take of "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" as a bonus. Like the Beach Boys' albums of the period, these albums show the duo creating more sophisticated compositions and stretching their thematic boundaries.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams