Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

Pet Sounds 53

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Happy 53rd birthday to the greatest album of all time. I’ve written a bit about the album over the year; you can see some of my posts here, here and here.

Zombies Live With Brian

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Brian’s touring for 2019 has already started with the BeachLife Festival , but from August 31, he will be doing “something completely different.” In a transatlantic collaboration of note, he will be performing with the Zombies in a tour described as Something Great From ’68.  The Zombies will be performing their classic Odessey And Oracle album, while for the first time, Brian will be focusing on the Friends and Surf’s Up album (although the latter was only released in 1971). Brian will be joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, while the Zombies will include their “original and current” line-ups. 15 dates have been announced across the USA for what should be some special shows.

Wilson Movie

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

A new Brian Wilson documentary is due this year -focusing on Brian Wilson’s late-career renaissance, and titled Long Promised Road. The movie is directed by the unrelated Brent Wilson , and the title is from a Beach Boys song which has Carl Wilson as the primary writer and vocalist. No specific release date has been set out, but it should be out at some point this year.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXXI: In My Room

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The criteria for inclusion in my Brian’s Hidden Beauties series is any song written or co-written by Brian Wilson that I feel is underrated for some reason. Given that In My Room is a staple of many compilations, it’s inclusion here may seem odd -but since it was only a B-side, I am going to rule that it qualifies as not quite a top-tier Beach Boys hit, and therefore worthy of inclusion. And it gives me an opportunity to write about this song.

The very first Beach Boys music I owned was a copied cassette of a greatest hits collection- and this was one of the songs that really impressed me, and made me realize that the Beach Boys were not just a surf novelty band. For 1963, it was an astonishingly personal song and introspective song, matched possibly only by their soon to be transatlantic rivals from the Liverpool’s There’s A Place.

Given Brian’s retreat from public life in the 70s, this song takes on an additional poignancy, but it remains one of the most perfect of the early Brian Wilson songs, and a song that many people, especially those of us with a more introverted nature, can relate to always.

23 Instrumentals For Today

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

1. The Mist Covered Mountains -Alan Clark, Eddie Gomez and The Acetones
2. Be Here In The Morning Darling -The Beach Boys
3. The British Opera -Bee Gees
4. Othello -Chilly Gonzales
5. Arrival of the Birds -The Cinematic Orchestra
6. Piano Variations On Thoughts Of You -Dennis Wilson
7. Eveningland -Hem
8. River Flow -Ken Bryan
9. Going Home [Theme of the Local Hero] -Mark Knopfler, Alan Clarke, Mike Brecker & Tony Levin
10.  …but we were happy -Paddy McAloon
11. A Country Melody -Roger Nichols
12. Getting That Way- Rory More O’Donoghue & Sarah Joyce
13. Little Chef -Saint Etienne
14. Swim Swan Swim- Saint Etienne
15. Church Pew Furniture Restorer -Saint Etienne
16. Breakneck Hill – Saint Etienne
17. Angel of Woodhatch -Saint Etienne
18. Yearning -Scott Walker
19. Finale -Scott Walker
20. Saturday, Sunday, Monday -Swan Dive
21. Rêverie -Claude Debussy
22. Spellbound Concerto -Rosza
23. Un Bel Di- Giacomo Puccini

A Tribute To Hal Blaine

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

In tribute to Hal Blaine, here is a song he features strongly on.

Still On The Road

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Brian’s touring schedule for 2019 is gradually expanding – now up to 10 dates for the year, although he does have a touring break up until May. No overseas (or even Canadian) dates yet  -but most of them are Pet Sounds shows, celebrating the classic album which will be more than 53 years old for the shows.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXX: One For The Boys

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Whether it was a deliberate tilt at the other Beach Boys or not, One For The Boys is a beautiful track on Brian Wilson’s first eponymous solo album, showcasing acapella harmonies that would make you think that Brian was still working with the other Boys. Clocking in at under two minutes, it is short and very, very sweet.

On The Road 2019

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

It would seem unlikely that Brian would spend anywhere as much time on the road as he has since 2016- when the 50th Pet Sounds anniversary tour started. But dates are gradually appearing, including some Pet Sounds shows taking place around the 53rd anniversary of the iconic record. Also included is a headline appearance at the BeachLife festival at Redondo Beach in May.

In the meantime, Al Jardine is doing some of his solo shows in January and February -and has promised Little Pad on ukulele!

Old Year And New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Happy new year to all blog readers – a time to reflect on the year past and year ahead! Musically, 2018 was a good year -new albums by Kacey Musgraves, Paul Weller  and The Last Detail  come to mind, but there were many others. We also saw archival releases from the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the late Christmas Beach Boys surprise.

What does 2019 have in store? It feels like Brian Wilson’s touring is coming to an end, but there are a few 2019 dates.  We may see some new studio music from Brian, or at least some recording. It’s the 50th anniversary of 20/20 and Abbey Road – while we’ve already had the 20/20 studio sessions, we would still expect some archival music from both the Beatles and Beach Boys -with the 1969 Beach Boys release likely to relate to recording of Sunflower.

In terms of other music, long awaited new music from Prefab Sprout and A Girl Called Eddy seems to be on the cards -and no doubt there will be some great new unexpected music. So here’s to a great year -musically and otherwise.