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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.

Japan Off, Europe Still On?

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Unsurprisingly, Brian’s tour to Japan has been postponed, but the European leg is still on, although with the first date on 29 May, it will take a quick turnaround in the COVID-19 for this still to happen, even although there are some signs of “flattening the curve” globally. Regardless of whether he can do any shows this year, his shows earlier this year will ensure he will have performed live for 22 consecutive years.

Brian’s Back In His Room

Friday, March 20th, 2020

In these extraordinary times, we’re not likely to be going to live shows for a while. But Rolling Stone have set up a new series called In My Room, showcasing artists performing from their living rooms. And who better to start such a series than Brian Wilson, who plays excerpts from three songs including the series title and a very appropriate Love And Mercy. Have a look at the “show” here  with Brian in seemingly good spirits and voice.

Dates In A Time Of Disease

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Brian Wilson has announced an extensive series of tour dates in Japan, Europe and USA -ensuring that 2020 will be another active touring year, if Coronavirus doesn’t stop everything. The new dreaded lurgy is already impacting on travel, sporting events and conferences, but one hopes that things will be under control before the touring starts.

Another Brian Wilson event is the first showing of the documentary Long Promised Road Tribeca Film Festival in April . This documentary has been in the works for a while so good to see an actual release.


16 Years

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Just over 16 years ago, on 20 February 2004, the first SMiLE concert happened.  The post-SMiLE era is still a lot shorter than the wait to hear the completed long-lost album but 16 years is starting to recede in the deeper past, even although the experience of being there still feels quite recent. It’s a memory that will last a lifetime -being part of popular music history.

Still Cruisin’

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Brian’s tour took to the seas, with a performance on the Cayamo Cruise on the high seas. There are some pictures on the main page of Brian’s website as well on his Instagram page.There is just one more show in Brian’s Winter/Cruising Tour on February 15 in New Orleans, but the website does say watch out for more dates…

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.

Fourth Decade of Touring

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Tonight, Brian Wilson’s resurrected touring career will enter it’s fourth decade -having started his solo tours in 1999, his 2020 program will kick off with show in Miami with The Cowsills as special guests. A short but interesting January/February program will include a cruise ship on the Cayamo cruise.

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.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXXII: Saturday Night

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

It’s time to introduce another “hidden beauty” and we don’t need to go too far back in time. Saturday Night is one of the outside collaboration tracks on No Pier Pressure is with indie star, Nate Ruess, and it’s a decent, uptempo song with a melody that easily becomes an earworm. While not breaking any new ground, it certainly shows that Brian is still the master of pop melody, whoever he collaborates with.