This date 45 years ago marked the chart appearance of a single from the album that became a new landmark in the already fabled career of the Beach Boys.
The group's 17th album Surf's Up had been released at the end of August to some of the best reviews they had had in years. Rolling Stone talked about their “remarkable comeback,” while Melody Maker observed how they were “back in fashionable favour.”
The album is rightly remembered for the majesty of Brian Wilson's title track collaboration with Van Dyke Parks and for Brian's magnificent ''Til I Die.' But with a new manager, Jack Rieley, on board, the Beach Boys now showed their hand as an outfit with multiple songwriting talents. The entire line-up had composer credits on Surf's Up, and one of the highlights was 'Long Promised Road,' written by Rieley and Carl Wilson, with Carl taking the lead vocal.
The track was first released as a singe in May 1971, ahead of the album, but failed to make the US chart. Second time around, in the slipstream of the positive reaction to Surf's Up, it entered the Hot 100 at No. 93 in the week that the LP achieved its No. 29 peak. 'Long Promised Road' only reached No. 89, but the Beach Boys were critical favourites once again.