15 Big Ones / Love You Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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LOVE YOU, by contrast, IS great. Go try and find another album less interested in image or self-consciousness ... it doesn't exist. It's a group of goofy, sweet, innocent odes to roller skating, young love, babies, and Johnny Carson (and not necessarily in that order). The compositions, however, are not as simplistic as their lyrics suggest. There are complex chord changes, time registers, doodle-bugging bass lines (most played on a Moog), and melodies galore. The innocence is infectious. Yes, your friends will think you're the squarest of the square when they catch you mouthing the words "Honkin down the gosh darn highway" or "Solar system brings us wisdom." But then again, the truly hip and in-the-know don't care if they seem goofy. Buy it, try it, share it with your little kids. They'll make you understand just how fun and sweet it is to love LOVE YOU.
Love You! is just about all Brian in terms of production, composition and instumentation. Carl and Dennis help with some of the music, but Al and Mike are almost guest vocalists. This album is dominated by ancient (for 2000) synthesizers, making it very different to any other Beach Boys album and on another planet to Pet Sounds. Some people hate it for that, and you will probably see many different opinions in these reviews, so here's mine. It's brilliant. The songs are strong with tunes that survive any production treatment, the album is revolutionary in some ways in pre-dating new wave, and Brian writes as a disturbed thirtysomething pretending to be a teenager, and looking for love and acceptance and someone simply to hold him through the night.
You won't want to start your Beach Boys collection here, but if you are in any way serious about the group, you have to get this.
The vocals are not the smooth, angelic grace that most people associate with the Beach Boys. Instead, the are just rocking! And they are warm and human and a little rough around the edges. Give it a couple of listens, and you'll be hooked. The songs are goofy and strange, yes, but they rock. They are also sweet and infectious. How can anybody not like "Mona," for example? Or "Good Time"?
My girlfriend Penny, she's kind of skinny, and so she needs her falsies on. She don't like cookin', but she's so good lookin', I miss her when she's gone.
And when she gets to dancin', I feel just like romancin', especially when we're dancing close. she'll do the dirty boogie, and that's when I go up in smoke.
I mean, come on! This is a great tune on a great album. Loosen up, listen to Love You and groove on!
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How you approach these recordings depends seriously on how big a Beach Boys fan you are and what type. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Bennett Apt
there's some fantastic songs on this cd. IT's ok" and others are beyond great. Other songs are more average. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Dobey
These two albums occupy a fairly auspicious spot in The Beach Boys' catalog; trotted out on the heels of the "Brian is Back" media campaign, "15 Big Ones" and "Love You" are two... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anthony Nasti
Brian Wilson is a musical genius, no question, and over the years the other Boys have turned in some great vocals and made some great songs. Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. Covington
THIS is so rich -i had those records when they came out but now i can really appreciate the richness of the music . Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by coyle shine
Again finding an album I wanted and getting a second album of their music too. I have seen them in concert and they put on a heck of a show, go get this collection.Published on December 30, 2013 by James Harris,Sr.
By the time these albums came out, no one was expecting the old, carefree feeling the Beach Boys had in the 60's but people still kind of hoped it would be there. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Geeman