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Written by: Brian Wilson, Joe Thomas, Jon Bon Jovi
Produced by: Brian Wilson
Recording date: Late 2011/early 2012
Lead Vocal by: Brian
Originally appeared on: That's Why God Made The Radio
Subsequently appeared on:
It would be a very Brian Wilson thing to want a song called Summer's Gone, and to keep the song for over ten years until the Beach Boys were back again. And for a group known for celebrating the good times to possibly end their studio album career with a reflective song looking at the passing of those times.
If Pacific Coast Highway is rumored to be inspired by Dennis Wilson's passing, then there is some sense in this being inspired by Carl's passing, and the realisation of being the last Wilson standing. It also dates back to the original Joe Thomas sessions, with the interesting, some may say, incongruous, additional involvement of Jon Bon Jovi.
Unlike the previous two tracks which dazzle in their movement between different motifs, Summer's Gone has a more conventional song structure, with a single pace and melodic structure. This is not to say the standard has dropped from the previous two songs, but more that you need to listen very carefully -unlike many of Brian's songs which soar melodically, this one digs deep and slowly into one's consciousness.
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