Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

Mash On The Road

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

With Brian back on the road, and Halloween having just passed, here is a very appropriate clip (from 2009, so featuring the Taylor Mills, Jeff Foskett and Scott Bennett)

On The Road Again And Again

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Tonight marks the start of Brian’s year-end touring; an extravaganza of 11 Pet Sounds shows, 7 Greatest Hits shows and 17 Christmas dates. To look it another way, Brian will spend more nights for the rest of 2018 doing tour dates, rather than having the evening to himself. So as the rest of us start to think about the end of the year, good luck to Brian Wilson and his band for the busy touring schedule.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXVII: No-Go Showboat

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

For our next “hidden booty”, we’ll go back to the early days of the Beach Boys and a track from the Little Deuce Coupe album.  No Go Showboat  is a dazzling example of the bands brilliant harmonies, and creating an atmospheric track about a pretty car that won’t really go very fast. The Timers released a single with this song, but it never made it anywhere in the charts -however it remains another great example of Brian’s musical development even in the early 60s.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXVI: Girl Don’t Tell Me

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

With a recent blog focus on the Beatles, it’s time to look at a song which is one of the most Beatles-esque in the Beach Boys canon, Girl Don’t Tell Me. It is a significant track for another reason -while Carl’s first lead vocal was on Pom Pom Play Girl, from this track on-wards, Carl became a regular lead vocalist for the band.

Featuring Brian playing on celeste, this 1965 track features Brian at the top of his composing game at the height of the bands commercial popularity -even if it is stylistically closer to the bands’ greatest rivals than just about every other original Beach Boys song.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXV: Spring Vacation

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Spring is coming to the southern hemisphere, even although most readers will be thinking of autumn. So it’s time to return to our hidden beauties, and with the recent Sirius XM “reunion”, remind ourselves of the brief unity within the Beach Boys in 2012.

This track has taken a bit of flack for the possibly less than poetic lyrics and the possibly cynical phrase “easy money.” Indeed, this may have been one of the tracks that one could have dreaded, having seen the tracklist.

But never judge a book by the cover, or a song by the title. Spring Vacation is a great pop tune, and an instant singalong, and the lyrical theme of unity in strength is hardly controversial.

Ultimately, pop music isn’t about the the lyrics alone, but the way the combination of melody, rhythm and lyrics makes you feel. And with the simple joys expressed by this song, it’s a singular success.

 

Summer’s Going…

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Brian Wilson’s summer touring finishes tonight in Windsor, after a few dates in the Middle East and Europe. This sector included two dates in Dublin, Ireland which seem to have been very well received. He now has a break of just over two months before he commences a busy November and December schedule  including a mixture of Pet Sounds, Greatest Hits and Christmas shows.

Reflections

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

It’s a time for reflection – as the world mourns the great loss of Aretha Franklin, at a personal level, the 15th August marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of my mother.

On Thursday night, Brian played a show in Berlin, a city that I visited recently. While not conventionally attractive like many European cities, it is a place of reflection, where the greatest evil of the last century was centered, but also of hope and rising above a past. It looks like Brian’s show was well-attended and successful as this review attests. (in German, but can easily be translated online).

Italian Smiles

Monday, August 13th, 2018

On Saturday night, Brian performed Pet Sounds at the historic Ancient Theater of Taormina  in Sicily -he is certainly looking relaxed in the Italian sun in the photo attached.

 

Tales From Tel Aviv

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Israel may be a slightly controversial, and not obvious place for Brian to perform in, but his show there  on Tuesday has been well received by fans and the media. The Jerusalem Post review is quite detailed, and includes some live clips , even although it does note Brian’s physical limitations.

Together And Apart

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

The Beach Boys Town Hall show will only be aired on August 10, but you can read about some highlights here– it looks like the band were respectful to each other and focused on the good, rather than the bad vibrations from their past. No hint of any other reunion activity however….

…speaking of which, Brian has completed a short North American stint of his (resumed) tour, and will spend the rest of August in the Middle East and Europe, playing a mixture of Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits shows.