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Sail On Sailor
Written by: Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks/Tandyn Almer/Ray Kennedy/Jack Rieley
Produced by: Carl Wilson
Recording date: Early 1973
Lead Vocal by: Blondie Chaplin
Originally appeared on: Holland
Subsequently appeared on: Ten Years Of Harmony; Good Vibrations box set.
Centrepice of a long and convoluted story regarding the recording of the HOLLAND album. The Beach Boys relocated to the Netherlands in 1972 to record this album away from the pressures of L.A. They spend exhorbitant amounts of money building a studio on a farm in Baambrugge, Holland recording much of the album. The story goes that when the band turned the album into Warner Brothers, they rejected the album because there was no potetntial single. Brian's freinds were then alerted to convince him to write a surefire hit. Luckily, Van Dyke Parks had a cassette of a song that he and Brian started, that being "Sail On Sailor". The song was then polished, recorded (without Brian's participation) and tacked onto the album replacing a Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin song called "We Got Love".
Arguably the best Beach Boys song of the last 20 some odd years.
Features a soulful lead vocal from guitarist, Blondie Chaplin.
A-side with: Only With You
Released on: Winter 1973; Winter 1975
Charted on: 2/24/73, 4/12/75
Reached: 79, 49
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