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Wilson, Brian - Songwriter: 1969-1982

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Following Sexy Intellectual's previous film about Brian Wilson's magnificent craft; Songwriter 1962 - 1969, comes this companion piece covering the maverick composer's life and work throughout the 1970s. While this latter part of his career is rarely championed with the same kind of enthusiasm that greets his 1960s productions, it remains an essential part of Brian's story and contains many, many moments of glory which compare favourably to those which litter the era generally considered his heyday.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: SEXY INTELLECTUAL
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008QOH122
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Firstly it is worth pointing out that this film is the sequel to the excellent Brian Wilson - Songwriter: 1962-1969, which if you haven't seen I would highly recommend, examining Brian's output throughout the `Surf Band' period, the recording of Pet Sounds and the abortive Smile sessions.

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.
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The UK-based Chrome Dreams DVD label (distributed in the US by MVD) has really grown in quality over the year. Their earlier productions had just a few music journalists and no real music of the artist on them. They were just "OK" but beginning with the predecessor to this DVD "Brian Wilson - Songwriter 1962-69" things really improved and I raved about it to every Wilson or Beach Boy fan. This one picks up where that volume ended and spends much of its time on the post Pet Sounds period, especially the Warner Reprise years. The commentators include Bruce Johnson and Mark Volman plus a bunch of Wilson biographers as well as their early years Manager and their recording engineer. All are entertaining to listen to. My favorite (but this is subjective) is music professor Philip Lambert who sits at a piano and demonstrates his comments on Wilson's composition elements. There is a lot of vintage footage though you do have to realize that some is silent because of copyright issues. But there is plenty of music that Chrome Dreams got from non-US sources and is included here as well as some that they give credit to.

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.
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As I write this, there are six reviews of this DVD and each of them give the disc 5-stars. I hate to be the odd man out, but I'd probably give it 3.5. Since you can't do half stars on Amazon, I bumped it up to 4 because I love Brian. An issue I have with the documentary is that it is more about Brian and his mental state than it is about him being a songwriter, which is in the title of the feature. Only about 44-minutes in does Philip Lambert start to analyze "This Whole World" musically. He also does good pieces on "Do It Again" and "Blueberry Hill" which were left out and put in the bonus section. Bruce Johnston is only in it a couple times, unlike part 1. Peter Ames Carlin and Domenic Priore do the majority of the commenting. (Peter's book, "Catch a Wave," should not be missed).

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.
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