Wilson, Brian - Songwriter: 1969-1982
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This film picks up the story where the first part left off, following Brian's breakdown and the recording of `20/20'. Over the course of the next two hours, the documentary covers in some depth the recording of each Beach Boys album throughout the 70s.
A wide range of excellent contributors are on hand to explain events, including Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, their manager Fred Vail and friends of Brian and fellow L.A. scenesters Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night and Mark Volman of The Turtles. Behind-the-scenes studio perspectives come from a number of different producers, engineers and session musicians who worked on the albums. We also hear from a host of Brian Wilson biographers, journalists and Beach Boys aficionados, as well as the poet Stephen Kalinich who collaborated with Brian on the 1969 album `A World of Peace Must Come'. Musical analysis comes courtesy of City University of New York's music professor and general Beach Boys boffin Phillip Lambert.
If you have seen the first instalment of this film, then you will not be disappointed by the quality and depth of the insight on offer here. What this sequal brings is a fascinating and at times poignant look at a musical genius wrestling with his mental demons as his involvement with his band declines, leaving the rest of the Beach Boys to try and fill the void left by their erstwhile talisman. The common perception is that Brian spent the majority of the 70s either in bed, in a drug induced haze, or both.Read more ›
If you haven't seen the earlier one, you'll want to start there but if you have seen it, you'll want to know about this one. It ends with the failed "IMU" release on Columbia when Wilson heads off on his own solo career. My guess is that there will be a third volume forthcoming about the solo years and into the recent "Smile" project. I'll sure be looking for that.
The running time is nearly 2 1/4 hours, so there's LOTS here!
I'll defer to my fellow reviewer, Johnny Rebel, for more details but I wanted to also add info re: the "Bonus features" on this DVD.Read more ›
One reason I was disappointed in the first installment, was that while the title said 1962-1969, the four post-SMiLE 60s albums were barely touched upon. When I saw this DVD was coming out, I thought that finally, we'll get that analysis. But here it's only slightly better with "Do It Again" and "Cabin Essence" being looked at. "Wild Honey" isn't even mentioned. We see the covers for "Smiley Smile" and "Friends," but no talk of their contents aside from a couple brief descriptions. So viewers of this DVD get nothing at all about "Let the Wind Blow," "Darlin," "Time to Get Alone," "I Went to Sleep," "I'd Love Just Once to See You," "Busy Doin' Nothin'," etc.
The DVD gets big marks for its coverage of the "15 Big Ones/Love You" era. It's nice to see some of those tunes being discussed.Read more ›
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This set arrived by the date specified and was in good condition. This was a very educational story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul
A great and tragic story; if you want to get some real details and insights, this is the DVD to purchase.Published 12 months ago by Scott Davidson
anything about Brian Wilson is good to have, but this is very thorough, leaves no stone unturned...unfortunately it leaves off too early but to date this seems to be the definitive... Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by w*
Did you buy and see Part 1, yet? If yes, you won't be disappointed with this one. How about Carlin's great bio, 'Catch a Wave'? You haven't bought these yet? Why not? Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Chen Kai Wen
I personally like this better than the first installment, 62-69, which retreads alot of the same info, but is still really good. The title of the DVD is a little misleading though. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Dee Dee TeeDee greasy
.....one of music's tragic figures. He fell victim to the very myth he created. When he wouldn't conform to the demands of Capitol records, they sold him out. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Eric Walton
Not always easy to watch, especially if you are old enough to remember these events...but accurate, interesting and complete. Don't miss this one.Published on February 17, 2013 by Sick of Spin