Okay, let me simply say -- without a hint of snark or irony -- that this one is a masterpiece.
And by masterpiece, I mean one of the greatest short orchestral and vocal compositions written and recorded in any musical genre in the second half of the 20th century. As in this should be performed by large symphonic ensembles everywhere as part of the classical repertoire.
From 1964, enjoy Jan and Dean's remarkable b-side(!) to their rather more conventional hit "Ride the Wild Surf." The perhaps overly prolix-ly titled "The Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association."
This is, obviously, the apotheosis of what we think of us as the L.A. Surf sound, an everything but the kitchen sink production -- harpsichord, kettle drums, oboes and a Bach chorale on a rock record?-- approaching the level of mad genius. Seriously, Brian Wilson may have been a better songwriter than Jan [Berry], but nothing the Beach Boys -- or anybody else at the time, including The Beatles and Phil Spector --were doing in the studio approaches the sheer audacious Ivesian majesty of this. Not to mention it's hilariously funny as well.
Michael Tilson-Thomas, if you're out there, act now.