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The public went to sleep, but the BB's didn't!
on August 19, 2015
I bought these albums originally when they came out. Friends is simply one of the most musical albums they ever released. I often thought of 20/20 as being their version of the White Album, great songs, great variety, I still remember reading a review of it in High Fidelity which designated it as being "A Recording of High Merit", which was their denotation of a really fine record. The review stated that the Boys were also a "musical barometer" of what was going on in the current rock scene, citing the acid rock guitar psychedelia of Bluebirds Over the Mountain and the "Revolution" type guitars on All I Want to Do. Coming out during the violence and chaos of 1968, Friends was a true offering of peace and bliss, but the Boys of that year just weren't made for those times, but the music has held up beautifully. Dennis shines on Little Bird, and Bri's arrangement of that song shimmers. The discordant TM tune is quite amusing in that it fits jarringly among the rest of Friends mellow sounds. A masseuse friend of mine enjoys the Ann Lee the Healer ditty. Passing By is a wonderful Brian instrumental. Bruce's Nearest Faraway Place anticipated the Windham Hill sound by several decades. The Manson co-write Never Learn Not to Love is appropriately creepy. I always wondered why it raised the hair on the back of my neck. These CD's come with some fine bonus tracks. As Brian stated of 20/20, this album was about refinement, a refinement of their sound, which at this juncture, has attained pure pop perfection. Unfortunately, the public just wasn't listening to the Beach Boys much in 1968 and 1969. Please don't make the same mistake now...these albums are two aural beauties, and a fitting testament to the group's under-rated late sixties, early seventies greatness!