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The Beach Boys On CD: What I Really Want For Christmas

Since Brian Wilson’s solo recording career became an ongoing project, he has more or less alternated between albums of new material and recordings of other people’s songs, done in his own style. What I Really Want For Christmas could just … Continue reading

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Three Books For Every (Beach) Boy…

You wait all your life for an autobiography by a member of a classic surf vocal group, and then three come along all at once. Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love with James S Hirsch … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Gettin’ In Over My Head

2004 was a big year for Brian Wilson. On February 24, he performed live, for the first time, a completed version of Smile, the unfinished album that had hung over his head and dominated all discussions about him for nearly … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson Live at the Roxy

While Imagination was not especially successful, either commercially or critically, it did mark a new point in Brian Wilson’s solo career. Before 1998, Wilson had always relied on the Beach Boys to be his live “messengers” (as Dennis Wilson had … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and Blondie Chaplin: Manchester Apollo 24/5/16

(NB I wrote the first 3000 words or so of this on Wednesday, hence references to “last night” rather than “two nights ago”) A little over fourteen years ago, I spent nearly a fortnight’s dole money on tickets to see … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Imagination

As the Beach Boys were falling apart, Brian Wilson’s solo career was getting a second wind. After the abortive efforts to produce a Beach Boys album, he guested on four tracks on an album, The Wilsons, by his eldest daughters … Continue reading

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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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