Archive for the ‘Beach Boys’ Category

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.

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.

Everything But The Brian XI: Leaving This Town

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

As a Beach Boys fan based in South Africa, the inclusion of two musicians from my own country as fully-fledged Beach Boys for a period in the 70s is a fascinating part of the history of the band. While Durban may be quite close to Los Angeles in spirit, it is geographically just about on the opposite side the world. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar were not only a key part of the live band for a while, but also contributed musically to the band in their most soulful era.

Leaving This Town  is a centerpiece of the Holland album, and lyrically it could be seen as something of a thirtysomething Pet Sounds, with themes of choice and change, which resonate with many. The harmonies are typically Beach Boys, but the soulfulness and long instrumental break, with the release at the end, make this song distinct.

Holy Man Queen

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Earlier this year, I posted on the song Holy Man in the Everything But The Brian series, and noted that there was an unreleased version featuring Brian May and Roger Taylor, from a not-so-little-known British band. Well that unreleased version has now been released  thanks to Record Store Day. You can hear the this version featuring the Queen superstars here.

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.