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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jvc Victor
  • ASIN: B00005L9B1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Japanese Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: Standing at Your Door, Blue after All, and in the Dark.

Customer Reviews

This album is full of Beauty and wonder.
DEEDRA COLES
Nothing sounds natural - even Carl's acoustic on 'I Wish For You' sounds like it's got half a ton of distorted reverb on it!
Keith Rice
Robert Lamm, Gerry Beckley and Carl Wilson each brings his own unique style and sound that blends together just perfectly.
Carol

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
An interesting project featuring Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Robert Lamm of Chicago and Gerry Beckley of America. It was Wilson's final project before his death from Cancer in 1998. The songs are solid, of not exceptionally memorable, and the singing is wonderful. Wilson, especially, who sings lead on nearly half of the album, soars vocally. Perhaps most affecting is the title cut, a song written by Carl about his troubled older brother Brian. It features Beach-Boys like harmonies and instrumentation and a magnificent, pained vocal from Carl. This album isn't perfect, but as a momento of one of the most underappreciated voices of Rock and Roll, it fits the bill.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Like A Brother", the work of the late Beach Boy Carl Wilson, America's Gerry Beckley and Chicago's Robert Lamm is highly recommended for those who appreciate harmony. The production is both mellow and melodic, with each of the three men bringing the style of their signature band's to the project. There is an airy and relaxed feel to the proceedings: the listener can tell that these three men clearly enjoyed creating this music.
Special note is given to Carl Wilson's wonderful vocals. His "I Wish For You" (the last song that he ever recorded)is exquisite. His wonderful voice is sorely missed.
The Lonely Surfer
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This disc combines the talents of Gerry Beckley (America), Robert Lamm (Chicago) and Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys). As you'd expect, the combination of 3 talents from groups that trade heavily in harmony turn in some beautiful harmony themselves on what was a nearly completely ignored disc. The production is somewhat "80s" in sound, thanks to production by Phil Galdston (writer of Vanessa Williams' #1 smash "Saving the Best for Last") and Steve Levine (who produced a 1984 Beach Boys album that brought them back onto the charts with "Getcha Back" as well as several Culture Club efforts).

While those proclaiming it a lost masterpiece here are greatly overstating things, it's nonetheless a charming disc that deserved a better fate commercially.

HIGHLIGHTS:
"I Wish for You" sounds like a coulda been AC hit as another reviewer noted. It's Carl's tender good-will anthem. ("A heart that can heal when you love in vain/A friend who can hold you through all of the pain/I wish you hope through your share of tears/I wish you peace all your living years") Chicagoan Lamm turns in a tribute to dead Chicago bandmate Terry Kath with "Feel the Spirit". (Kath accidentally shot himself while playing Russian roulette) "Watching the Time" is a mid-life reflection from America's Beckley. "Run Don't Walk" is a 'missing you on the road' anthem with a peppy hook. The album closes on a highnote with the title track. It's Carl's love letter to brother Brian Wilson, who was estranged from him at that point. (Producer Galdston shares a great story about the song on the Beach Boys fan club site [[...])

LOWS:
"Today" has a great hook, but the verses leading up to it are weak making it one of the lesser songs and an unfortunate choice to lead off the CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kris58" on July 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The CD by Beckley-Lamm-Wilson is a wonderful mix of all three artists. Gary Beckley adds his "America" style, Robert Lamm throws in not only his "Chicago" style, but also his very soulful solo style and the late Carl Wilson really pulls it all together with that wonderful "Beach Boy" sounds of the past. The song "Feel The Spirit" is a tribute to the late Terry Kath of Chicago and it is a great song indeed. I really like the entire CD and would recommend it to any fans of Beckley, Lamm or Wilson.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A reader VINE VOICE on November 2, 2007
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"Like A Brother" is a bland collection of songs by three veterans of pop/rock: Robert Lamm of the band Chicago, Gerry Beckley of the band America and the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. As a Beach Boys fan, I purchased "Like A Brother" to add it to my collection and to hear Carl. But Carl's efforts are mostly not up to the standards of what he did with the Beach Boys, although his voice sounds as good as ever on this CD.

The album was produced by Phil Galdston, whose credits include Vanessa Williams' "Save the Best for Last." Most of the tracks were co-written by him as well. Given his credentials, I blame Phil for the CD's cheesy, overproduced sound, the synthesized power ballads and 80's-sounding pop platitudes. Once in a blue moon a rock element is thrown in as a tease, but there's really no groove. In other words, it all gets boring pretty quickly.

To be fair: Carl's "I Wish For You," penned for his sons after learning he had cancer, is moving and beautiful -- the best track on the CD. "Today," co-written by Galdston and John Waite, has another great vocal by Carl and a profound lyric that would have been better served with a quieter production. Gerry Beckley wrote, and nicely sings, the soft-rock "Watching the Time." It uses accordion rather than synth (thank you, God), and has some 3-part harmony that gives the song a watered down Crosby-Stills-Nash feel. "Sheltering Sky," by Beckley, is a lovely ballad with nice individual singing and harmonizing by all 3 guys. "Blue After All," by Robert Lamm, has - FINALLY - a slightly funky groove, which just highlighted how absent that groove is from the CD. Then there's Beckley's "In the Dark," a sad ballad with a slight groove, which goes on too long and becomes dull.
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