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That's Why God Made The Radio [LP] Single
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In June 1985, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Carl Wilson (Dennis had died in December 1983) released what could arguably be considered the final "Beach Boys" album, Beach Boys. It was produced by Steve "Culture Club" Levine, and had a cold, brittle, impersonal feel. It had a long list of guest musicians, including the late guitar legend Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr...but it still felt cold. A video for "Getcha Back" received some heavy play on MTV, but it was clear that the "Brian Is Back" era was drawing to a close.
The album "Still Cruisin'" came in 1989 and yielded the hit "Kokomo," which some Beach Boys fans like and others don't. Brian tossed in one song for the album, but was otherwise involved, and the track listing was padded out with "I Get Around," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "California Girls."
In 1992, the album "Summer In Paradise" was released.It sold 10,000 copies. The cadinal sin on this album was a John Stamos re-recording of the Dennis Wilson classic "Forever" from the album "Sunflower." WHY, guys...WHY? It also featured a weak-kneed, wretched, pointless cover of Sly Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime." Carl, Mike, Al and Bruce were smothered in a sea of FOURTEEN additional musicians, including Terry Melcher and Roger McGuinn.
From that point forward, Carl passed away in February 1998...pretty much taking the heart of the band with him. Brian had the songs, Carl provided the heart, the true mojo of the band at its best.Read more ›
And although it's far too early to reflect upon how this new music will last, it's possible that people will be enjoying it long into the future with the same passion they do when listening to the very best Beach Boys' albums of yesteryear. The more I listen to it, the more I like the songs that didn't immediately bowl me over, and constant replaying hasn't dimmed any of the pleasures of the songs I was initially blown away by.
One of my few quibbles is that I wish Brian, Al, and Bruce had played a few instruments here and there, but considering the results are so stunning as it is, it's barely worth mentioning, especially as studio musicians almost always figured into Brian's past glories. But listening to Al's singing on "From There To Back Again" makes me wish that he, Bruce, and Mike had been featured a little more prominently in some of the mixes.Read more ›
That is definitely the case with this 50 years reunion album from one of the greatest bands ever. Uniting the three surviving original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love with 2 musicians who has an imporatant place in the history of the band. Mainstay Bruce Johnstone and the more obscure surf guitarist David Marks who joined the band at only 13 and played on the first 4 albums.
Not surprisingly Brian Wilson is the driving force here, many of the tracks based on demos of songs he had made over the years - with Beach Boys in mind. Helped out by old time friend - and sometimes 'enemy, at least in the court rooms - Mike Love, multi-talent Jeff Foskett and co-producer Joe Thomas. And a host of first-rate studio-musicians, mostly from Brian's touring band but also guitar-legend Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter.
There are some beautiful gems here. The title track is certainly a bona fide hit song. Some more introspective songs like "From there to back again". Not a bad song, interesting arrangements, exemplary playing and on top it: the still present and vital vocal magic. And as always with music of this calliber an album that wins tremedously from repeated listenings
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I have been a big fan of the Beach Boys since high school in the mid sixties. I saw them in concert at Lagoon Amusement Park north of Salt Lake City, Utah in June of 1968 a few... Read morePublished 2 months ago by St. Omer Van Matzah
Very surprising and very good. Al Jardine stills sounds great. They are a few throwaways but easily the best Beach Boys album - since well dare I say it Sunflower and Pet SoundsPublished 2 months ago by suzanne popp
some really terrific songs i hadnt heard before...would recommend to any beach boy fanPublished 3 months ago by indypendant
Reminds me of early beach boys.I love this album. Brian Wilson is a genius!Published 3 months ago by Michael V.
I love anything to do with the Beach Boys and this album came out in 2012. I like the songs because each one deals with an aspect of life and reaches out to people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rdaaamg
Carl Wilson would be happy enough said. The harmonies are amazing.Published 4 months ago by Joshua Jon Lufkin
Best thing by the Beach Boys since Pet Sounds. Hard to believe that they're celebrating 50 years. They sound GREAT!!!!!Published 5 months ago by ndarrohn