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Holy Cow! This is unbelievable..,
This review is from: That's Why God Made the Radio (Audio CD)
I had to check the date when I spun this. They really sound just the same (and as good) as ever. Brian Wilson sings with a slight slur these days due to years of drug abuse, but really, if I could sing like these guys in my late 60's I would be pretty happy! I cannot really see how anyone who has ever liked the Beach Boys would not be delighted with this album, at this late stage. This is not some sad toss-off- it is a serious attempt at recapturing that soaring magic of Pet Sounds and Summer Days/Summer Nights, that endless summer wave, and their giddy 60's/70's heyday. The production is first class, the melodies are strong and the harmonies sparkle, even if one of the guitar players is helping with the really high parts that Carl would have done. Brian and Mike are all over this, too (in fact, Mike's sole written 'Daybreak Over the Ocean' is one of the best songs on it. Mike has gotten a hard time in recent years, IMO. I'm sure he was a pain in the you-know-what at times, but the guy is not the freakin devil, give him a break- he wrote lots of the lyrics and was alot of the fun in the band- a good counterbalance to Brians self-absorbed genius). To top it all off, it closes with one of Brians beautiful epic mulit-part suites, that really says goodbye perfectly.
Great summer music- don't miss the Beach Boys last!
Highlights- Title song, Daybreak Over the Ocean, and the closing three song suite.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2012 6:02:29 AM PDT
David J. Stash says:
Good point about Mike Love...whatever his "shortcomings" he is the showman of the group. I saw the concert a few weeks ago and he was in great voice and great demeanor...so was Brian!!!
Posted on Jun 5, 2012 9:05:49 AM PDT
I think Brian Wilson's slight slur is from his hearing loss.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 10:49:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 10:50:36 AM PDT
Andrew K says:
Brian's slur is not from drug use. Nor is it prominent.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 6:19:22 PM PDT
Mr. Timothy S. Jones says:
Well, your quite wrong there. I have read Brian's autobiography, and even he admits he caused himself some brain damage with all the drugs he took. Watch interview and concert clips of Brian from the 60's- no slur at all. During the 70's this guy smoked 3 packs of smokes a day, drank like a fish and ate acid like candy, before finally getting help in his early 40's. He still sings well enough, and is still a genius songwriter and producer- but he did damage his voice and mind with drugs, even he admits that.
Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:58:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2012 8:59:33 PM PDT
A. Holliday says:
RE the slur in Brian's voice. Its not the drugs he took in the 70s that caused that (cocaine wrecked his voice in the 70s, listen to the Beach Boys Love You album for that - but he recovered), it's the treatment he takes (or took) for his mental illnesses and those years of abuse. The slur and the slightly drooped mouth are very common side effects of a number of anti-depressant drugs (particularly some of the older ones). Most of Brian's behaviour that looks a little odd (out of it, vacant, rocking, slurred voice, etc etc) is a treatment effect, rather than the initial problems themselves. That's why he's lucky his wife's a nurse - she would appear to have worked out a balance between what he needs for treatment and what allows him to be functional - something others didn't get right (or apparently give a damn about) for 20-30 years.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 8:40:26 AM PDT
David J. Stash says:
I'm probably wrong, but I recall reading somewhere how his abusive dad gave him a punch to the side of his head, thus inflicting some aural damage. Anybody else ever read this account??
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 8:30:20 PM PDT
I know he has hearing loss, and that his dad was a jerk, but I haven't read or heard that story.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 9:17:55 PM PDT
Mr. Timothy S. Jones says:
Posted on Jun 13, 2012 2:22:10 PM PDT
I believe that it was Mike Love who penned the lyrics for the single version Good Vibrations in 1967, which really turned the song into a work of art. Brian's original lyrics are toe-curlingly awful, the ones he uses on Smile.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 7:43:57 PM PDT
Chen Kai Wen says:
Brian did not write those lyrics, Pet Sounds terrifico Tony Asher did. They are not awful. Timothy S. Jones: Brian was surprised when he read some of his ghost-written bio, I wouldn't quote his quotes in it if I were you. I agree with your Mike Love comment though. True 'dat.
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