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The Beach Boys On CD: I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

[NB, I’ll be looking at the Good Vibrations box in an essay in the book version] An interesting thing happened in the early 1990s. The image of the Beach Boys began to split into two — and this split would … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson

As soon as “Doctor” Eugene Landy was taken on for a second time, in 1983, to “treat” Brian Wilson’s increasingly severe mental illness, he started taking control of both Wilson’s personal life and his professional life. Landy fancied himself a … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson and Friends DVD

Brian Wilson and Friends is the latest live DVD/Blu-Ray (both come in the same case) from Brian Wilson. Recorded late last year to promote his new album No Pier Pressure, it features the band he will be touring with for … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is, in effect, the latest Beach Boys album. Much like Al Jardine’s 2010 “solo” album A Postcard From California, it features so many contributions from other Beach Boys, along with various guest stars, that thinking of it … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the No Pier Pressure Previews

Now that about half Brian’s new album has become available to listen to in one form or another, my very preliminary thoughts on what we’ve heard. Note that my opinions on Brian Wilson tracks change a LOT in the first … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Dead Man’s Curve

Dead Man’s Curve was possibly Jan and Dean’s most prescient song. Jan and Dean were always ones to follow the trends, especially trends that the Beach Boys started, so when the Beach Boys put out the album Little Deuce Coupe, … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Surf City

“Two girls for every boy…” The Beach Boys came along at the perfect time for Jan and Dean. In August 1962, the Beach Boys were the exciting new kids on the scene. They’d just had their first top twenty hit, … Continue reading

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