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Early period or later period. Smiley Smile's one of the most underrated things they've ever done, for one.
Is pretty great. Has a nice mix of Pet Sounds style songs and more typical earlier sounding stuff.
are fantastic. Outside of Pet Sounds, those are as good as anything Beach Boys ever put out. Love You is worth hearing just for how mental it is - and because The Night Was So Long is one of their finest songs. Wild Honey > Smiley Smile. Even some of their later duds have some ace tunes on. 15 Big Ones has Had To Phone Ya, LA (Light Album) has Lady Lynda, Carl and the Passions has All This Is That, etc.
It gets loads of praise.
Wild Honey, on the other hand, is genuinely underrated. Total classic:
And Sunflower is quite possibly my favourite album ever.
Basically, Surf's Up is a masterpiece, and you'd definitely also enjoy Sunflower, Friends, Wild Honey & Love You.
Then delve further - the rest is hit & miss, but had some amazing stuff on it.
Don't buy the surf crap, yeah x