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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times Brian Wilson Label: MCA Special Products Release Date: 8/15/1995 UPC: 008811127022 1 Meant for You - :50 2 This Whole World - 1:55 3 Caroline, No - 2:39 4 Let the Wind Blow - 2:44 5 Love and Mercy - 3:13 6 Do It Again - 2:44 7 The Warmth of the Sun - 3:47 8 Wonderful - 2:13 9 Still I Dream of It [Original Home Demo, 1976] - 3:35 10 Melt Away - 2:58 11 'Til I Die - 2:46

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002OX9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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He reproducted these classics and the talented is over the "young" Brian Wilson!!!
Wang Ting
This album I would guess recruited a lot of Brian fans especially out of the Beach Boy fan population.
Ilya
This Whole World is joy - its got an enthusiasm for life that's very energetic and involving.
T. York

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Milligan on January 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Finally free of The Beach Boys & the mysterious Dr. Landy, Brian Wilson glows under the production stylings of Don Was. In "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times", Wilson shakes the dust off some vintage Beach Boys tunes and takes the listener on a journey through Wilson's past.
Songs like "This Whole World", provide musical scenery for the mind, and one can't help but picture speeding down the highway in a Mustang convertable. Wilson's talent for painting a scene continues with the Pet Sounds era "Caroline, No", which features a beautiful flute solo, and proves that Wilson is not a mere fun-in-the-sun songwriter.
Before long we come to one of Wilson's more recent pieces, "Love and Mercy". This song, from Brian's 1987 self-titled album, has been toned down from a digitally driven song, and placed in a more comfortable accoustic tone. A quiet cry for love in the world seems to be Wilson's overwhelming theme on this album, and as such, it furnishes a welcome intimate quality to the listener.
Brian then jumps into "Do It Again" (featuring Brian's daughters Carnie & Wendy) and another Beach Boys classic, "The Warmth of the Sun". The other boys may be missing from the album, but Wilson's voice provides a pleasant familiarity.
"Still I Dream of It", a demo Wilson made in 1976, gives the listener a glimpse of the depression he went through. Including very rough vocals, and a lyrical impression of the haunting images that must have plagued his mind, this song attests to Brian's need to write songs, and deal with those feelings the only way he knows: musically.
The album closes with a wonderful version of "Til I Die" which further demonstrates how healing music can be.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In future decades, Brian Wilson will be placed alongside great, timeless American musicmakers like George Gershwin and Cole Porter, while the Beach Boys will probably be seen as an artifact of their era, just like the corny Gershwin and Porter musicals where their songs were first introduced are now seen as charming but dated.
This album is the first step in that direction. Its impresario, Don Was, sets up a great studio band and chorus (including the old Linda Ronstadt hand Andrew Gold) to represent some of Brian's best songs in an almost concert-like setting. The vocal blend on songs like Caroline, No, Warmth of the Sun, and (especially!) 'Til I Die shows that the brilliance of Brian's arrangements transcends the Beach Boys and their particular vocal qualities and cultural iconography.
At some point soon, I hope that the idea behind this all-too-brief selection is taken on the road: Brian with full band and chorus, giving his brilliant songs a full professional presentation, without Beach Boys Hawaii-shirt nostalgia, but instead an acknowledgement that THIS is the man who made this music, and THIS is how it should be heard.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This will be a quickie review. I just saw Brian Wilson a week ago today, on 6/18/99. The show began with a short "this is your life" video, to warm up the audience--and Brian, according to the MC. A few songs into the show was a powerful sampling of Pet Sounds sounds, with some new "Imagination" kickers, like South America, and the tribute to his brother, introduced with his comment, "This is a sad song but I think I can get through it". A little later, after some upbeat Beach Boys songs, and a live rendering of "Pet Sounds" title track, Brian said "you can all cry now" and launched into "Caroline No". After two encores, during which he had the audience clap, and then clapped for the audience himself, he left us with a long and sweet rendition of "Love and Mercy". And I've been looking for the CD since, just getting a taste of it on Amazon's free sample service. Wow. This is an album to have. Add me to the rave reviews for this genius's incredible production of song and sadness and harmony and beauty. My final image from the concert at NY's Beacon theater: As the limo pulls off, someone calls out, "We love you Brian". Love and mercy, still swimming through my head.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
My first review of this was one-star, but I'm thinking that was a bit unfair, and I'm rereviewing it here.

My primary complaint was with the production, its a bit underwhelming, but I've recently been listening to this in context of the previous few albums Brian had been involved with, and I suspect the production value was a response to "The Beach Boys" (1985) and "Brian Wilson" and their overdone production.

The production's somewhat stripped-back nature is really quite unsympathetic to Brian's voice-- his singing seems forced on more than couple tracks ("Let the Wind Blow", "Do It Again" and "Wonderful" in particular). The backing vocals are also a bit unsupportive-- if you're used to the sort of flowering Beach Boys style harmonies, these are a bit too dry, even on the later material where Brian moved in that direction.

On the other hand though, the two songs from Brian's first solo album ("Love and Mercy" and "Melt Away") sound really great in comparison to their previous releases without a wash of synthesizers. An several of the tracks are certainly more than listenable, "Meant For You", "This Whole World", "Caroline, No", and "'Til I Die" are all quite good. The demo of "Still I Dream of It" is gut wrenching, somehow it works, although I prefer the version released in the "Good Vibrations" boxed set.

Its a brief little record (less than 30 minutes), and now that its selling for 7 bucks, its a good value for the money (I originally paid full price for it), but I largely prefer the originals to these versions.
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