Everything But The Brian XI: Leaving This Town

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.

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