Archive for the ‘Beach Boys’ Category

We’re All Landlocked

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

In our current circumstances, a release this year by Brian Wilson or the Beach Boys called Landlocked would be rather appropriate. Of course, many Beach Boys fans know the title Landlocked, and some may think it is another great “lost album” from exactly 50 years ago. However, that’s not quite true -the real story behind the titles is as follows.

A tape was made by engineer Steve Desper in late 1970 of some of the songs that the Beach Boys had completed but not released yet. As Landlocked was the working title for the Surf’s Up album, some “experts” assumed that this tape was Landlocked, another “great” lost album, although this was the intention at all, and the name Landlocked was simply a working title that was abandoned.

Many of the songs on the Steve Desper tape were released on subsequent albums, sometimes in altered form, and  all of them have now been released in some form or other. A list of the songs and their subsequent fate follows.

Loop De Loop-released on 1998 compilation Endless Harmony, slightly altered
Susie Cincinnati- released as a B-side in 1970 and on 15 Big Ones
San Miguel- released in 1981 on 10 Years Of Harmony and later on Good Vibrations box set
H.E.L.P. Is On The Way – released on Good Vibrations box set
Take A Load Off Your Feet- released on Surfs Up album
Carnival -released in 2019 on the 1969 copyright release I’m Going Your Way
I Just Got My Pay – released on the Good Vibrations box set
Good Time- released on Love You album
Big Sur – somewhat different version released on Holland
Lady – released as Dennis Wilson single, released on CD on the 2009 Summer Love Songs compilation
When Girls Get Together – released on Keepin’ The Summer Alive
Lookin’ At Tomorrow – released on Surf’s Up
Til I Die- released on Surf’s Up.

So you could pretty much make your own Landlocked playlist without even needing to track down a bootleg. But if there is an archival copyright release this year, or a new Brian Wilson record, this would still be a perfect title.

Trophy Division

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Since the 2012 reunion tour, there has been a  split between the band touring with the band name Beach Boys (Mike Love and Bruce Johnston) and Brian Wilson’s tour which has been featuring Al Jardine on a pretty permanent basis in the last few years. This split has now taken an even more permanent and ideological turn after Brian and Al have slammed the touring Beach Boys for performing at a convention supporting trophy hunting.  Given who one of the convention participants is, this division is clearly not just a family feud, but part of the ideological divide in America. Don’t expect another Beach Boys reunion anytime soon…or probably forever.

Goodbye To A Flame

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Internet access issues have delayed this post, but on Saturday, the sad news came in that Steve Fataar had passed away. An integral part of the Flames, who as a mixed-race South African group who defied apartheid became an important part of the white Californian Beach Boys, he was one who stayed at home in South Africa. While Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar joined the Beach Boys for a while and became internationally renowned musicians, Steve remained a vital part of the local music scene. Poignantly, he passed away just after performing a gig at his favorite spot. As a South African, the Flames and Beach Boys connection, is one of fascination and pride. Sadly, now, we have lost a part of that connection. As we say in South Africa, Hamba Kahle, Steve Fataar.

A Late Present

Friday, December 27th, 2019

On the 14th, I posted that it looked like we weren’t getting any copyright extension presents this year.  Well, we didn’t get anything for Christmas, but two days later, we’ve got what seems to be a teaser single for possibly greater riches next year. With a strong Dennis focus, 1969: I’m Going Your Way features the title track and an instrumental only Slip On Through, both Dennis Wilson songs, as well as Carnival (Over The Waves). 

Remembering

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

December is the month of remembrance and reflection for everyone, but especially Beach Boys fans. Today would have been Carl Wilson’s 73rd birthday, but sadly it is almost 22 years since he passed away. It’s also the month we remember Dennis Wilson’s birth and passing, as well as the tragic assassination of John Lennon. And maybe less famously, but no less poignantly, the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, who died on December 18, 2000, far too early.

No Presents This Christmas?

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

For most of this decade, the Beach Boys have given us a Christmas present -an archival (copyright extension) release of often previously unknown material. Last year, we had the excellent Wake The World: The Friends Sessions and I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions  as a double Christmas bonus. However, with us now well past the dates where the previous releases came out, it seems that we won’t get a decade-ending present. Of course, the only 1969 album, 20/20, was already covered in last year’s release and Sunflower only came out in 1970. So we may have to wait another year -there have been some rumors around extensive box set coverage of the much-loved but poor-selling 1970 album that started a tough decade for the Beach Boys on such a promising note.

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.