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2012 studio album from the reunited California Pop outfit led by Brian Wilson, their first new studio material in over two decades. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, all surviving members came together to record this new album and embark on a world tour. Features Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.
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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B007U1FEJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike VINE VOICE on June 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised (and relieved) to spend 39 minutes with an album that is, at this point in time, a fitting addition (and maybe the final chapter, who knows) to the legacy of the "real" Beach Boys.

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.
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As others have correctly stated, this isn't The Beach Boys Today, Pet Sounds, or Sunflower, nor should that have been expected. For one thing, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys have over forty years more life under their belts than they did way back when. Are you the same person you were that many years ago, if you were even alive then? Yes, the album has some weaker moments, as do all albums. Even Today, Pet Sounds, and Sunflower had their lesser tracks. But even most of the "filler" on this album is much stronger than the weak links that were always a part of previous Beach Boys' (and everybody else's) albums. Part of Brian's charm is that he takes chances, which means you are going to have some misses, but when he hits, boy does he hit like nobody else.

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.
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People who tend to think that come-backs and reunions are only made for commercial reasons must be people who don't know about the deep bonding that happpens when people play music together. Ok, it is not always the magic can be re-created, but in most cases something surprisingly worthwhile comes out of the effort.

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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