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California Dreaming: Barbara Ann

Late 1965 was a time when everyone was jumping on the folk bandwagon, no matter how inappropriately. Brian Wilson had started writing songs for a new album, inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, that would be the Beach Boys’ big … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: The Beach Boys Love You

The follow-up to 15 Big Ones may well be the most controversial album the band ever did, with fans almost evenly divided between those who love it and those who hate it. In a recent (totally unscientific) poll on one … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Holland

Holland is, in many ways, the last gasp for the Beach Boys as an artistic group. They would produce good work again, both as a band or as individuals, but in future their work would be driven by one or … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys 50: Live In Concert DVD

There is a certain kind of Beach Boys fan who, when presented with a pint glass containing half a pint of beer, will say not “that glass is half full”, nor “that glass is half empty”, but will rather start … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys at Wembley

That was either the best or the second best gig I’ve ever been to (the other contender was Brian Wilson at the Manchester Apollo in 2002). The show on Friday seems likely to have been the last ever proper Beach … Continue reading

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That’s Why God Made The Radio — Full Album First Impressions

Before I start this, a brief note — my opinions on Beach Boys records often change *drastically* in the year or so after I first hear them. This is not my definitive word on this album, and I’ll revisit this … Continue reading

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Why I’m Excited About The Beach Boys Tour

I’m not at all excited about the new Beach Boys album. People who’ve heard it have been saying good things about it — it’s the best since LA (Light Album), or the best since Holland apart from Love You — … Continue reading

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