Archive for the ‘Beach Boys’ Category

A Poignant New Record

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Jeffrey Foskett has been a key part of both the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys tours, and has just released what may be his last album as a singer.  Voices came out on 22 November, including two Beach Boys songs and many other classic songs. The sad news is that Foskett has been suffering from thyroid cancer, and the treatment is likely to impact on his voice. We wish him a speedy recovery and the ability to continue making great music.

Al Podcast

Monday, November 18th, 2019

There is a podcast of an intimate interview with Al Jardine which you can find at https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/6-now-batting-al-jardine/?fbclid=IwAR1cbXFBD2pB3H1l2nOyro1dKA0E7EhQvUbXygfVTZSluqnA1mPdm6nyu4I . Have a listen to this interview, done after one of Brian and Al’s recent concerts.

Everything But The Brian XVII: Disney Girls (1957)

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Bruce Johnston’s best known song may be I Write The Songs, but his best known Beach Boys effort is Disney Girls (1957), a song that still features in the Beach Boys setlists, including the 2012 reunion tour. A highlight of the well-rated Surf’s Up album, the song hearkens back to a “innocent”age of perfect love and family. With a great melody, and classic Beach Boys harmonies, this is certainly in the top tier of “non-Brian” Beach Boys songs.

Everything But The Brian XVI: Hold On Dear Brother

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

For today’s non-Brian song, we go back to 1972 and the South African Beach Boys influence. Hold On Dear Brother is a lesser-known song written by Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin, but is well worth searching out for it’s soulful melody and uplifting lyrics, much needed in these times.

Everything But The Brian XV: Time

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Another aching ballad from the brilliant Pacific Ocean Blue album, Time  combines an honest lyric with a beautiful melody and lovely arrangement sprinkled with some horns and violins. When Dennis sings “I’m the kind of guy who loves to mess around, know a lot of women, but they don’t fill my heart, with love completely free” , you know he is being honest and vulnerable.

Everything But The Brian XIV: Full Sail

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Our next “brianless” Beach Boys minor classic is from the generally critically disliked L.A. (Light Album). However, this album contains a number of good Dennis and Carl songs, not least of all Full Sail. Like much of Carl’s best work, this beautiful ballad has a yearning for peace and harmony, something which was missing in the turbulent late 70s Beach Boys world.

New Love

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

There isn’t any news of new or re-released Brian Wilson or Beach Boys music, but this summer there will be new Mike Love music. Mike releases his new album 12 Sides Of Summer on July 19, with the single Rockaway Beach released today.

Everything But The Brian XIII: The Nearest Faraway Place

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

It’s Bruce Johnston’s turn to join Everything But The Brian, our series on Beach Boys-related songs that Brian Wilson didn’t write. Bruce’s first composition for the Beach Boys is now over 50 years old, being released on the 20/20 album.The Nearest Faraway Place is a lovely instrumental, coming out at a turbulent time, and interestingly, the string arrangement was done by Van McCoy, best known for the disco classic, The Hustle. The song title was also used for the title of the comprehensive Beach Boys biography.

 

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.

Everything But The Brian XII: Thoughts Of You

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

As an outlet for Dennis Wilson’s creativity, Pacific Ocean Blue did not disappoint as the first Beach Boys solo record. Hints of Dennis’s talents were evident on many Beach Boys albums after Friends, let alone the many songs that were left off these records, but this was the first time we were exposed to a full record of his talents.

There are many minor classics on this record, but Thoughts Of You is one of the best, a beautifully tender love song , sung with heartfelt passion by Dennis.