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Caroline Now: Tribute to the Beach Boys

Caroline Now Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Efa Imports
  • ASIN: B00004VWBE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lady - Eugene Kelly
2. I Wanna Pick You Up - Alex Chilton
3. All I Wanna Do - June & The Exit Wounds
4. Wind Chimes - Katrina Mitchell & Bill Wells
5. Anna Lee, The Healer - The High Llamas
6. Ne Dis Pas (Girl Don't Tell Me - French version) - Souvenir
7. Lines - Duglas T. Stewart
8. Busy Doin' Nothin' - Camping
9. Good Time - Stevie Jackson
10. Endless Harmony - The Free Design
11. Go Away Boy - The Pearlfishers
12. Stevie - Saint Etienne
13. Honkin' Down The Highway - The Radio Sweethearts
14. Lonely Sea - Eric Matthews
15. Rainbow Eyes - Kle
16. Let's Put Our Hearts Together - Chip Taylor & Evie Sands
17. Pet Sounds - Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra
18. Heroes & Villains - Malcolm Ross
19. Only With You - Norman Blake
20. Caroline, No - The Aluminum Group
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Editorial Reviews

Tribute albums are usually terrible. That said, there are several reasons why this one--a tribute to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys--isn't, but it's mainly down to the quality of everyone involved. The usual songs aren't exhumed; instead we are treated to delights such as legendary Half-Japanese naïve poet Jad Fair's one-take version of the Honeys' 1977 pop gem "Do Ya" and Stevie (Belle & Sebastian) Jackson's intimate take on the Beach Boys reject "Good Time". Throughout, there's an obvious love and quite stunning level of research--from the beautiful rare photographs of Brian taken by ex-housemate David Dalton to the copious sleeve-notes and exclusive Brian interview in the sumptuous 28-page booklet. Other highlights include former Josef K/Orange Juice member Malcolm Ross's lounge reading of "Heroes and Villains"; St. Etienne's subtle reading of the unreleased "Stevie"; Katrina (the Pastels) Mitchell's sparse, whispered cover of "Wind Chimes"; and many more besides. Caroline Now! is a fitting tribute. --Jerry Thackray

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Surprise October 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit - I was skeptical. I didn't really think the world needed another tribute album.
Perhaps if all tribute albums approached the genius of "Caroline Now" - I'd change my mind.
It's worth the price for the booklet alone: unpublished photos, extensive and informed liner notes, just really really cool.
Musically it's surprise after surprise - Alex Chilton sounds better than he has since 1974, Eric Matthews is stellar, High Llamas, Eugene Kelly, Pearlfishers, Stevie J. from Belle and Sebastian - straight class.
Artists from different eras sit side by side, united by the music.
For some, it may be the first exposure to forgotten work from The Beach Boys lesser known catalogue - obviously this compilation is the work of true fans.
Highly recommended. This really essential comp does Brian's (and the others') legacy proud.
Thank You Marina.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Fun in the Sun August 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Exquisite! For long-time Brian Wilson/Beach Boys fans, there's more to the artists' work than just "Good Vibrations." This loving tribute focuses on little-known Beach Boys tunes written mostly by Brian Wilson (there are also a few by his brother Dennis and other Beach Boys alum). The real treat is hearing a different side to Brian Wilson than most fans may know, where Wilson wrote about melancholy, simple pleasures like "Wind Chimes" and holding his baby daughter in his arms. The mostly UK twee-pop bands do a fine job covering the tunes, with mostly low-key arrangments. If you're a casual Wilson listener, skip this. If you have explored Pet Sounds and anything past 1967, then this is a treat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect tribute to the Beach Boys March 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This superb tribute to the music of the Beach Boys, by an eclectic range of musicians, is a must-have for dedicated Beach Boys fans who enjoy the band's rare and lesser-known songs. Tribute albums are often redundant exercises, and have a bad reputation, but this one actually reworks the material in interesting new ways and exposes the listener to lesser-known parts of the Beach Boys back catalogue.
Brian Wilson has become perceived as something of a musical god in recent years, and while it's great to see him getting the recognition he deserves and touring with his excellent new band, it's often forgotten that other members of the Beach Boys wrote great music too. The selection of songs on this tribute album redresses the balance, representing both Brian's best songs and those of the rest of the band.
A variety of approaches are taken to the music. Songs that originally seemed slight or underdeveloped when recorded by the Beach Boys are fleshed out, for example `Wind Chimes' from `Smiley Smile', sung beautifully here by Katrina Mitchell. A threesome of tracks from `Love You' - `I Wanna Pick You Up', `Honkin' Down the Highway' and `Let's Put Our Hearts Together' - are freed from that album's chunky, synth-oriented production, and take on a life of their own.
Sometimes, it's just a matter of boiling a song down to its original essence - for example, Malcom Ross' reworking of `Heroes and Villains' from `Smiley Smile' simply teases out that song's breezy Hawaiian flavour. Other reworkings are more extreme - Camping turn `Busy Doin' Nothing' from `Friends' into a patois/dub piece (which won't be to everyone's taste), and the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra mutate the title track from `Pet Sounds' almost beyond recognition, into a hilarious sci-fi concoction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I, too, was skeptical, but... September 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm not the biggest fan of tribute albums, but the sheer amount of talent behind this one made me feel justified in my purchase, and the artists delivered.
What strikes me most about this album is that the artists really didn't experiment *too* much, and remained faithful to the original "vibe" Wilson was going for, most noticably (sp?) "Anna Lee, the Healer" and "Lonely Sea."
This is an ecletic mix of artists, and all deliver in a wonderful way that truly honors Wilson instead of being self-involved and coming off half-baked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline WOW! December 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Normally I would avoid tribute albums like the plague but this is a must buy for either Beach Boys fans or those looking for a road into the wonderful world of Wilson. This is a great collection of lovingly recorded and often inventive reworkings of songs by Brian Wilson and other Beach Boys. Among the many highlights are Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub)giving a close to career best vocal on Dennis Wilson and Mike Love's beautiful love ballad Only With You; The High Llamas giving Anna Lee the Healer a futuristic twist; The Pearl Fishers heartbreakingly beautiful take on the Honeys Go Away Boy; ex-Big Star and Box Top Alex Chilton's I Wanna Pick You Up (possibly his best performance in over 2 decades); Jad Fair's fun filled punky take on Do Ya? and the virtually unknown Kle doing a poptastic version of Brian's previously unreleased gem Rainbow Eyes.
There are perhaps 3 or 4 tracks that don't work so much for me but just programme the minority out and you'll have a pretty perfect listening expeirence. The packaging is also beautiful with unseen photos of Brian and co., informative sleeve notes and an exclusive interview with Big Brian.
This is one of my most played albums ever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Goodwill material
Published 2 months ago by m j nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson
Definately a great Cd for any fan of Brian Wilson. On this cd they sang more of their own feel for the music than making God smile which was closer to the BB sound.
Published 13 months ago by George Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
When you take off the plastic of Caroline Now and open the jewel box there is a picture of Brian Wilson, shaggy hair, from around 1966, the time he was between two masterpieces:... Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Heard The Word Before
I think 'wonderful' has been used in almost every review of this album. Let me repeat it again.
The album is truly that - and crafted with such obvious love and affection for... Read more
Published on July 19, 2004 by Peter Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE TRIBUTE
I have bought several tributes to several great artists including Neil Young, Velvet Underground and Tom Waits and always ended up very disappointed BUT here is one that exceeded... Read more
Published on October 20, 2003 by Michan Colvin
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY
First of all, I think Brian Wilson is one of the true talents in the music business, but lets face it, he has written some real bonners. Read more
Published on September 27, 2003 by John Lindh
5.0 out of 5 stars All I Wanna Do Is Listen To Caroline [Now!!!]
More often than not tribute albums leave me cold. Either the artists render slaveish imitations of the material sounding flat and uninspired or they stray so far as to leave the... Read more
Published on May 31, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Awaiting The Ultimate Tribute To Brian
A wonderful tribute to the great song writing skill of Brian Wilson, as well as several lesser known contributions from other band members, but I'm still waiting for the ultimate... Read more
Published on April 6, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It, Caroline, Now
"Lonely Sea" alone is worth ten times the asking price. Truly a must-have for all Beach Boys fans, all music fans, and all those with ears to hear.
Published on March 22, 2003 by J. MILLER
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